Belize Cave tubing, Zipline, and Ruins
Did cave tubing, zip line, and ruins with Donald Ramirez ( http://donaldramirezbelizetours.bravehost.com ). We had 8 on our tour and took a van with AC ( Essential ) least at this time of year. We saw many other excursions using vehicles with no AC and felt extremely sorry for them). It was rush hour in Belize City, which allowed us to see another aspect of this country.
RUINS: We then took a fairly lengthy drive to the ruins. Albert was very knowledgeable and pointed out interesting sights. Along the way we stopped at a roadside fruit stand where Albert bought us a little bag of pineapple slices, picked fresh that morning, and it was SO sweet it nearly made you weep! He purchased bananas: 8 for $1 BZ.
Crossed the river using a hand-cranked ferry, and used the Xunantunich facilities before walking up to the ruins.
Albert provided very interesting details about the Mayan culture, and demonstrated the acoustic properties of the open area before leading the rest of the tour group to the top, where one could see Guatemala.
Due to the EXTREME heat and humidity, and our general lack of, um, energy at our ages (60s), we opted to sit in the shade for this part. Then back to the van for the drive to the Zip Line. (Lunch first, at a local spot, which was delicious.)
ZIP LINE: OK, we’ve never done anything like this before and frankly, I was amazed my husband let me book it! He is not terribly adventurous! After looking down at the jungle canopy, I think he was having second thoughts, but the guides were VERY reassuring, and explained the TRIPLE safety mechanisms. THIS WAS SO COOL! Do it! And scream like a little girl!
NOTE: there is significant climbing involved here in extreme heat/humidity conditions. As the oldest members in our excursion group, we had to stop and rest a couple of times. (OK. We were panting like dogs!)
Our guide told us not to bring our cameras, phones, but it turns out that the ZIP guides are happy to take some photos for you (they have deep pockets for carrying stuff). Bring some money to tip them.
CAVE TUBING: is at the same location. We changed into swim suits in their facility. It is nothing fancy, just bathroom stalls. You can rent water shoes (clogs), which are ABSOLUTELY necessary due to walking over the large river rocks. Check the soles to make sure they are plenty thick and not worn.
By this time we were ready for the cool water, believe me. There is a hike (seemed like it took forever—maybe 20 minutes?) across 3 streams, carrying your large inner tube. We did not think this would be too bad, but was fairly challenging at our ages, and in this climate.
Albert, bless his heart, carried MY tube in addition to his, and by the end of all this, I was EXTREMELY grateful for that. He also pointed out the termite nests and told us they have a ‘minty’ taste; he even ate a few!
Finally the water! Ahhhhhhhhh! It felt SO good to just relax and float. Albert lashed us together and paddled all of us, by himself, through the wonders of the cave. He is obviously in great shape!
Another walk back to our van, changed into dry clothes and raced the clock back to catch the last ferry to San Pedro. It was rush hour in Belize City again by this time, but we made it with a few minutes to spare.
All in all, this was an adventure to remember for a lifetime!
Remember to tip your guides!