paddling adventures in Belize

Belize offers a variety of paddling adventures, from the gentle Macal River tour, to the canoe caving expeditions.  The Mopan River offers some rapids and we even have a cross country canoe race annually, "La Ruta Maya" which begins here in Cayo and finishes in Belize City.

The Macal

This is one of the most popular canoe tours in the Cayo district and is appropriate for all ages and most every level of fitness.  The trip begins up river from San Ignacio and winds its way into the town, ending just under the suspension bridge.  The tour can last 2.5 to 3 hours.  Birding, photography and swimming along the way.  Self-guided or guided.

Barton Creek Canoe Caving

This unique, guided tour is the only one of its kind in Belize.  The paddle takes visitors along Barton Creek and into the Barton Creek cave with flashlights and headlamps.  The cave includes Mayan artifacts such as pottery and skeletal remains from Mayan sacrifice along its ledges.  For those who wish, one can jump off into the pools in the deeper chambers of the cave before returning to daylight.

Canoeing or Kayaking the Mopan River

The Mopan River runs along the Western Border of Belize, past Xunaunich Maya site where it joins with the Macal River to become The Belize River, which goes all of the way into Belize City.   There are several tours available for kayaks and for canoes.  The Mopan is a bit faster than the Macal River and includes level 1 (easy) rapids, as well as calm waters, and one can stop along the way to visit the Maya site or Panti Medicinal Trail.


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