I know it’s been awhile, but I am determined to blog our entire Belize trip. Cave tubing was one of the adventure excursions we took during our stay at the Caves Branch resort. It was quite an adventure, I must say! We rode a very old, rickety school bus that looked like it came from the 1970’s for about 10 miles, to the middle of a field, then we walked about a quarter of a mile to the actual river. We were given inner-tubes and a helmet with a forehead flashlight. We tubed down the river for a bit, until we were inside a cave. We then got out of the tubes and explored the cave mostly on foot. This consisted of climbing rocks that were easily two stories tall. They were also quite slippery and steep. We ate lunch in the cave and then trekked back out and rode the school bus back to the POOL! At that point in time, I thought I’d never been so sweaty and dirty and happy to see a pool before, ever. Of course, this was also before doing the Black Hole Drop!
If I didn’t mention this before, we did have a professional, experienced guide taking us on this excursion. We did not just go running around in a cave by ourselves. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Mayan culture, which still exists in Belize, but has become quite modernized nowadays. People no longer believe in the 2012 theory and stuff like that. However, there are remnants of the ancient peoples lying around in the caves. Part of our tour was discovering and learning about that. Two things stuck with me the most, which I’ll share here. We saw several sites of old, broken Mayan pottery that has lasted all this time, so that’s what the first picture is. The second was incredibly interesting: the Mayan fertility god. When couples couldn’t get pregnant, they would go and pray to this fertility god in hopes of conceiving. The god looks like a pile of rocks in daylight. In order to really see it, our guide had us all turn off our forehead flashlights, then he set his in such a way to illuminate the rocks so they looked like a kinda scary face. It was really cool!