Barton Creek Cave
Barton creek cave a remote cave once used by the ancient Maya as a burial site, yet an attractive caving option to experience it either on Kayaks or a canoe. Barton Creek Cave located in the central Cayo District; it is accessible from the village of Georgeville. In addition to the natural beauty of the Barton Creek Cave, it is the cave’s spectacular domed chambers that earn it a place alongside the world’s best cave destinations.
The site has many cultural remains left in the cave by the ancient Maya. Artifacts, hearths, modified cave formations and human skeletons were deposited on cave ledges as part of the ritual activities. Archaeological investigations found that the Maya began utilizing the site some 1,800 years ago, during the Early Classic Period (around AD 250). During the Late Classic period ritual activity in the case increased substantially but eventually terminated around AD 900. Although Barton Creek Cave is several kilometers long, cultural remains have only been found within the first kilometer. This kilometer has ten ledges above the river with evidence of Maya activity. Barbara Macleod is the first person on record to conduct reconnaissance in Barton Creek Cave. In the mid-1970s.
Barton Creek is a half-day tour departing San Ignacio at 8:00 AM and returning to town around 2:00 PM. Drive time to Barton Creek is about 1.5 hours in which we drive along the George Price Highway until we reach the village of Georgeville. We drive about three miles south on the Chiquibul road then east for about five miles through a Mennonite Community. The site has restrooms and changing rooms.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
What to wear: Comfortable clothing for kayaking.
What to bring: Extra clothes, bug repellent, swimwear and water-proof cameras
What is included: Transportation, Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and equipment’s