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.
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.
One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque, one of the many species of night jars. This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they seem to wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.
Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors. Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one. Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.
Chachalacas and Other Creatures
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Belize Botanic Gardens, located adjacent to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge was begun in 1997 by Ken duPlooy as a native palm and orchid collection and an orchard of tropical fruits.
One of the many features in the garden are a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. The Maya Medicine Trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.
Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay with his elderly grandfather so that he could learn about the plants in the forest. The boy went and every day he and his grandfather would walk in the forest so that he could learn the many uses of plants and why we should protect them.
One day his grandfather told the boy to go out by himself and bring him back a plant that was not useful. The boy was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated. “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said. “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”
“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”
Other features at Belize Botanic Gardens are a Native Orchid House, Rainforest Trail, Fire Tower, Savannah Trail and a student garden designed and constructed by students in our Professional Gardeners’ Program. Continue reading Belize Botanic Gardens→
We really do appreciate the great reviews, however good reviews don’t make us complacent, they only make us want to work even harder to make your vacation in Belize the most memorable ever.
Of course, we love it when you had a good enough time to make a second or even multiple visits or check our website to find out what’s happening at duPlooy’s. It’s fun when people who may have honeymooned here bring their children to visit. When we lived in South Carolina – 27 years ago I owned a small pre-school. One of the children who attended my school was married here. If you have a story about your visit – or visits – to duPlooy’s, write and tell us about it. We also invite you to share photos, old or new, on our facebook pages
This link above will take you to a site where you to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places. For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 25 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately. It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.
Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something. Then share one of yours with him/her.
When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.
It can be frustrating when you ask for something and are told
“Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions→
Birding in Belize is great at duPlooy’s & BBG (Belize Botanic Gardens). Join us for morning coffee or tea on the deck from 6:30-7;30 am. There are also birds visiting all during the day, but the complimentary coffee ends at 7:30. .
Birders’ Alert!!! Book a morning or evening guided walk through the gardens and around the property to see some of the many birds that have taken up residence on the property. Let one of our expert bird guides, Philip Mai or Wilfred Mutrie, show you around.
27 years ago when we first arrived in Belize our 100 acre property was a cattle farm. It still amazes us that our vegetation could grow so much is such a short time and go from having only a few birds and animals living on the property to more than 300 species within a 5-mile radius.
Pick up a checklist in the Gift Shop if you want to keep count or look for some specfici birds.
Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG
Serious birders, plan your itinerary based on the birds you would like to see – just let us know before you arrive what you’d like to see and our guides will try and find them for you.
Check out the birds in the video. These are some of the birds that visit duPlooy’s Deck. See the Emerald Toucanet holding court on the feeder, defending his breakfast from larger chachalacas, brown jays, a blue-crowned motmot, some little guys – redstart, yellow-winged tanager, – and up in the gumbolimbo tree, masked tityra – and lots more missed by our cameraman.
Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize, (BBG), a nonprofit organization, is comprised of 45 acres of gardens, arboretum and natural areas in the Cayo District. As part of our mission, the main focus of our collections is native plants of Belize with emphasis on endemics (known only to live in their country of origin), though we include exotic, non-invasive plant species.
Last year, daughter, Shayla and her husband, Chris moved to Belize from Seattle to help me manage duPlooy’s. I’m not retiring or leaving Belize – just doing less of the day to day management. It’s great to have some of the family back and a big help to me.
If you’re thinking of coming with a group to Belize, check out La Casona. This is the family house which is way too big for Judy to live in on her own so we added it to the room roster at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge. La Casona is a great place for groups of any type and large families. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, a large front porch, deck, den, living room, dining room, kitchen and children’s playroom upstairs. Downstairs are 3 bedrooms, 1 more bath a living room and large game room which can also be used as a classroom when needed.
While you’re here at our eco lodge, take time to visit adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens and walk the trails inside the gardens and around the property. There is a self-guide booklet in your room that you can use in the gardens. It is very informative. Look in the back to find information on the Medicinal Plants you will find on one of the trails.
Take a hike to Valley View. It’s about a km and worth the view. It’s a great place to just sit and absorb your surroundings.
We often get questions about how to travel by bus to Belize from Cancun.
While there is a lot of information available, we thought the following information would be helpful.
Mexican customs are slightly different then the restrictions fliers face in America. A simple red light / green light button process occurs to determine if tourist’s bags are to be searched or not. Not sure what the rate of searches are, however I can assure you that when they do search your bag it is rather extensive.
Make sure to indicate on your form that you are IN TRANSIT to Belize when they ask you where your destination is.
Exiting the Airport
Once clearing customs, about 50 different taxi drivers are going to ask you if you need a ride. Politely refuse, and continue walking through the terminal. It is not necessary to change your US money into pesos unless you are planning on staying in Mexico for awhile. The ADO bus ticket counter will take your US dollars and give you change in Pesos. The counter is located to the right of the international terminal about 75 yards, just ask one of the many people trying to sell you a taxi ride… where is the ADO bus is if you get confused. Everyone speaks English at the airport. Continue reading Cancun to Belize by Bus→