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Cave Tubing, mainland, Belize

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on our trip to Belize, we booked an all day personal tour of the mainland that included cave tubing. This photo is the main entrance to the park. We changed into swim gear and water shoes. I didn’t bring water shoes with me ( I didn’t bring much on this trip, which is impressive, because I normally pack enough for three people.) Anyhow, I would recommend you bring keen or teva like shoes if you do this adventure. We rented some croc like water shoes, the soles are worn out and you have to walk 30 minutes on a trail. Seriously, in the scheme of life not a big deal, but if you are going for comfort, that is my recommendation.

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The most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. I fell in love with the jungle!
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I am terrible human being because I forgot this young man’s name. He carried our tubes for us up the trail to the caves. He cut down everything from trees we ate along the way. He was my daughter’s age, 22. He spoke Spanish, I speak English. We managed some spanglish, but mostly smiled at each other.
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The hubby is a Carpenter. Seeing all the varieties of woods indigenous to Belize was mind blowing for us.
Richard was our tour guide, he spoke several languages. His English was ecceptional. His knowledge of the Mayan culture was so informitive.

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This picture is out of order but this is the beginning of cave tour in the entrance. The stalagmites were gorgeous. Many of them looked like animals formed on the cave walls.
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The myans ate termites as a source of protein, this is a huge termites nest. I took a shot of termites for dad, he would have been proud. He taught us survival skills in the wilderness, growing up backpacking and what to kinds of things that were safe to eat. Termites taste like peppermint with an after taste of coca. I quite liked them. Ha!

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The stalagmites formed were huge, beautiful!
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Banana tree.
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Cashews are indigenous to Belize. They grow on a fruit individually. The fruit is sweet and delicious.
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The trail surrounded by this luscious jungle.

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Richard showing us a piece of bark the Mayan would use, if bit by a snake. The bark slows down your heart beat to give more time to get to safety.
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One of the largest trees in Belize.

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Can you see the rainforest frog? Perfect camouflage.
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The entrance to the caves. These people had all the right gear. We didn’t. Ha!
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The entrance to the caves, the Mayans believed in the under, middle and upper realms of earth. The priests would sacrifice in these caves to the under world gods ,which were in the hundreds. They believed many things; the one intriguing detail to me, was the babies sacrificed to the under world gods would be believed to become, corn as a gift from the under world gods.
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Can you guess what this looks like? Please comment.

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In the caves, there would be bits of jungle. It is very dark we wore head lamps to see. Fruit bats were abundant in crevasses in these caves.

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We had a ten minute walk back to the main entrance after our Mayan medicinal trail and cave tubing tour ended.
This was my face wishing we had our guide that carried these up the trail for us. They were heavy. Wah!
It rained on us while gently floating out of the caves on the river that brought us back to the jungle road. It was the most glorious feeling to be rained on the rainforest. I wasn’t able to photograph due to the rain. The sounds of toucans calling. Unbeliezable!
I loved our tour guide so much I was able to pay ,to have him come to the ruins with us. Everything you want in Belize, you can have for $.
The cool news about that is the exchange rate is 1 to 2. Everything is half price and American money is wanted.
I highly recommend this adventure!

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