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Belize Jungle Adventure

A Belize Jungle Adventure can be many things.  depending on your idea of adventure.

Jungle Lodge Rooms

Jungle Lodge Rooms

duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge, located along the banks of the Macal River offers a large variety of adventures.  Frolick about in waterfalls and cascading pools, ride a horse to a cave and float back downstream to the lodge.  Experience the famous ATM (Actun Tunichil Mucknal) Cave, climb Mayan temples in Belize and Guatemala.

Canoe through the Mayan underworld and zing high above the canopy on a zipline or or try rappelling 300  ft down into a sink hole.

duPlooy Hiking Trails

duPlooy Hiking Trails

Some people consider just traveling the 4-mile dirt road to get here an adventure and spend the rest of their vacation enjoying the grounds, having a relaxing massage or lounging in their hammock with a cool belikin beer.

With access to 5 Maya sites, hiking trails, waterfalls, canoeing, horseback riding, several caves and more, duPlooy’s is the perfect jump-off place for your Belize Jungle Adventure.  With so much to do, just “make sure you stay long enough”

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And the birdwatching is great!

Adjacent to duPlooy’s is Belize Botanic Gardens.  duPlooy’s guests get to go there anytime they want, included with the room charge, along with Continental Breakfast and use of inner tubes and canoes around the lodge.

Maya House
Maya House

 

 

5 Interesting Facts about Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave, Belize

 

Barton Creek Cave  forms part of a large riverine system, which is easily accessed and the least difficult of all caves, since it allows its visitors to wonder the Mayan Underworld on a canoe.

Read below five of the most interesting facts that makes Barton Creek a unique and Interesting Cave.

1.Barton creek Cave is the longest subterranean site in Belize.The natural process of the cave allows visitors to go in for about one kilometer only.

2.The ceramic remains suggest that the Maya were using the cave from Early classic to Late Classic Period.

Ceramic remains found inside Barton Creek Cave

3.The Osteological analysis of the human remains found, revealed that atleast 28 individuals were buried inside Barton Creek Cave including kids.

4.Fire hearths with little evidence of cooking were found inside the cave, which suggests that the main functions of the hearths were for providing light/burning of copal incense for ceremonial purposes.Only royalties, like the priests and the sacrificial virgins were allowed inside the cave.

5.Some areas in the cave appear to have been purposely modified by the Maya to improve access to other locations within the cave, that may have been difficult to reach.

After hundreds of years, little was left and archaeologists continue to look at cave materials that can give a clearer depiction of how, why and when the Maya utilized the cave.

 

 

“Belize Jungle Adventure Combo!”

San Antonio Village, Cayo.

Dare and satisfy your adventurous spirits with an inimitable Jungle adventure Combo, offered at our prestigious, duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.

Begin your voyage with a two hours’ drive from duPlooy’s to Green Hills Butterfly farm, while enjoying a picturesque display of valleys,

gigantic peaks and the jungle- which is home to countless species of flora and fauna.

Green Hills Butterfly Farm

Green Hills Butterfly Farm

Green Hills Butterfly Farm is one of the largest in the country, having a display of  several species :2,500 live butterflies all together. A Green Hills knowledgeable site guide will take you to the display shed and give you reliable information about a butterfly’s life cycle, while pointing out various species that are unusual yet interesting. Adding to the butterflies awe, there are several humming bird feeders whereby an average of eight species have been spotted around. This site is highly recommended to photographers as it has a small ornamental garden which adds to your contentment! After the 45 minutes tour, find your way towards Calico Jacks Village for an unforgettable zip-lining experience.

Zip lining at Calico Jacks

Calico Jacks is situated just 20 minutes away from Green Hills Butterfly farm and it features one of the best and safest zip-line tours that range from seven to fifteen platforms.


If what you are looking for is ultimate adrenaline, then the ultimo explorer tour is highly recommended! This canopy tour features over 2700 feet of zip-lines and is comprised of 9 runs and 15 platforms, that allows you to have a bird’s eye view of the scenic jungle that is below.

Barton Creek Cave

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Barton Creek Cave-duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Barton Creek is about 30 minutes away from Zip-lining place. This water cave system is known to be one of the most exceptional and easiest in Belize, since it is accessed by canoes only. It is part of a large riverine system, whereby the natural process of the cave allows its visitors to go in for about one kilometer only.

At Barton Creek, you explore the underworld of the ancient Maya sighting stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, skeletal remains, pottery remains and natural bridges that add to the mystery. As you glide your canoe deeper into cave, a duPlooy’s Expert guide keeps explaining that the main purpose of the cave was for ritual ceremonies, where fragmented pottery and human remains are the major evidences.

Adventurous days on these unique beauties are hard to forget, wonderful to discover and significant to experience. Depart at 7:30  AM for a compilation of unseen hidden attractions and you should be back at home (duPlooy’s) by 4 PM with memories that will never be forgotten!

 

 

 

Horseback Riding Adventure

  Amazing Ride to Xunantunich Ruins

The Craver family –David, Judy, Elli , Anne and Ben, all expert Western riders, along with their guide, Aaron, left duPlooys and headed for Xunantunich archaeological  site, a real horseback riding adventure. This is their story as told to Maysin Smith:

Leaving duPlooy’s mounted on Kumanchi, Red Fox, Blaze, Salsa, Ginger, Hidalgo and Pinto, we rode toward this magnificent ancient art masterpiece.

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Xunantunich Freise

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Belize Adventure Tours

Belize Adventure Tours – Combinations

If  you’ve never experienced the thrill of a Zip-lining Adventure, you have 2 Options in the Cayo District, either of which you can combine with other same-day activities at duPlooy’s.  This is one of the Belize Adventure Tours that can be enjoyed by the entire family

At Caves Branch, you can Zip-line first and then take a hike.  Walk through the forest for about a half hour, toting your innertube in hand. Now hop on your tube and float down the Cave’s Branch River.  Make sure you’re tall enough – 4 ft.  If you’re not there is still a tubing opportunity on the Macal River at duPlooy’s.   See Zip-lining  & Cave Tubing.

At Barton Creek, you can canoe through the cave and afterwards head on out to Calico Jack’s for Zip-lining.  After a picnic lunch you have the option to visit Green Hills Butterfly Ranch or  swim in the cascades of Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge. 

This is one of the many Belize Adveture Tours offered by duPlooy’s.  If you are using our “Create Your Own Vacation” Package, you get choose from a full day tour or one of our combination Tours each of your non-transfer days. Continue reading Belize Adventure Tours

Zip-lining in Belize

Zip-lining in Belize

Many of the visitors to duPlooy’s try zip-lining and cave tubing adventure.  Our favorite place for zip-lining is Calico Jack’s.  It’s also the closest one to duPlooy’s and can be combined with one of these other activities –  canoeing through Barton Creek Cave, Xunantunch or Cahal Pech Maya site, a swim in Big Rock Falls, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, a Chocolate making demonstration, or a stop at the Green Iguana project.   Continue reading Zip-lining in Belize

Flores – Revisited

Spend a day in and around Flores in Guatemala

Launcha
Launcha

Ride a 3 wheel tuc-tuc to Santa Elena and visit the always bustling market place. It was the day before Christmas Eve and like many places, it was jam-packed with shoppers.

Return to Flores, take a short lake tour in a “launcha” to the “Museo” a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts. Then on to “El Mirador” for impressive panoramic views of Lake Petén Itzá. Continue reading Flores – Revisited

Day Trip to Flores

Recently, Ron, my duPlooy Travel partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day to look for some items for the duPlooy restaurant.

This small island community, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is accessed by a causeway which connects Flores to the busy town of Santa Elena, where you will find a thriving and sprawling market place, which winds its way, sometimes chaotically, through back streets, where everything from live chickens to lingerie is sold. Continue reading Day Trip to Flores

Black Hole Drop

 Not For the Feint of Heart … Belize’s Black Hole Drop is for real adventure-seekers

Rapelling down into the the Black Hole Drop, the rush comes in the first 10 feet and the next 200 feet  provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, with the last 100 feet taking you down through the rainforest canopy. Your return hike includes some rock climbing, ladder climbing, and a lot of sweating, This 300 ft. descent into a little-visited sinkhole  “Actun Loch Tunich” is not for everyone, but guaranteed it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. Hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains to the mouth of this cave where the edge of the sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below and  200 feet above the rain forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.

Your return hike out of the Black Hole includes some hiking, rock climbing and ladder climbing and a lot of sweating.  When  the day is over give yourself a bit pat on the back and say “I did it!”

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Flour Camp Cave

With Horseback Riding & Canoeing

Riding to Flour Camp Cave – Negro Man Farm

The ride to  Flour Camp Cave and  Xunantunich, from duPlooy’s,  follow the same trail for the first 30 minutes, at which point the trail to Flour Camp forks and continues on for another 30 minutes through the picturesque fields and orchards of Negro Man Farm, before reaching an unmarked foot-path, which leads directly up to the cave.

After dismounting, its a 30 minute uphill hike to the caves entrance. The cave is filed with Mayan pottery shards and the impressive stalactites and stalagmites and are sure to capture your attention.  There are bats living inside, as you might expect and a recent group of guests photographed a mottled owl just inside the cave’s entrance.

There’s time to look around and explore for an hour or so; then after a picnic lunch, along the river, its on the water for  2-3 hours and a well deserved, down-stream paddle back to duPlooy’s beach, with plenty of spots to stop for a refreshing swim along the way.

Interesting Note:  Flour Camp, by the riverside at the the bottom of “Flour Camp Hill” got its name back in the days when Mahogany was cut from forests along the river and floated downstream for shipping out of the country.  Four Camp is the place where the loggers’ supplies were dropped.

Owl near entrance to cave
Owl spotted near cave entrance

Flour Camp Cave Snapshots