This tour starts at 8 a.m. with a 45 minutes’ drive from San Ignacio Town and into George Ville village, passing through the Mennonite community (Amish). Upon reaching the entrance of the cave, we board our canoes and slowly paddle into the cave passage.
In addition to the natural beauty of the area, Barton Creek Cave contains many cultural remains left in the cave by the ancient Maya, centuries ago. Artifacts, Hearths, modified cave formations and human skeletons were deposited on stone ledges as part of the ritual activities of the ancient inhabitants of the Barton creek valley.
Barton Creek Cave is part of a large riverine system and one of the longest subterranean sites in the country of Belize. Cultural remains, however, it has only been found within the first kilometer from the downstream entrance. This kilometer-long space contains ten ledges above the river with evidence of ancient Maya activity. The first ledge is located on the left just inside the entrance to the cave, and continues to roughly 30 meters beyond the Maya Bridge that straddles the river.
Approximately 1800 years ago the Maya began utilizing the cave ledges for ritual activity. The ceramics that has been found suggest that the Maya were using Barton Creek Cave from the Early Classic (A.D 200 to 600) to the Late Classic Period (A.D. 600 to 900). This is typical of caves in this area, however at this site Early Classic material is found farther into the cave than at other sites. The reason for this may simply be that the Maya moved into the Barton Creek Valley earlier than into other areas such as the Roaring Creek Valley.
Orlando was our guide for the ATM caves. He was an excellent guide and the tour was a really fun and interesting experience. Would highly recommend booking.
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We had Orlando as our ATM cave guide. He was a wonderful guide, and happily answered all my questions, made sure the group was doing ok at every turn, and... read more
Orlando took us on an amazing trip to the ATM caves!! We enjoyed the day with him learning about the jungle, caves and history of the Mayan people. Orlando was... read more