Friday, December 3, 2010
Discovery Expeditions provided The San Pedro Sun a chance to experience one of the many tours that they offer: Zip Lining/Cave Tubing. Richard of the local office, located on the dock at Exotic Caye Beach Resort, was instrumental in making all the arrangements for our day’s adventure.
We arrived at the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi at 6:45am for a 7:00am departure. There, we were met by a couple of smiling, welcoming baggage handlers who took our supplies for the day’s trip. At the office on the dock, we were given our round trip vouchers to board one of San Pedro Belize Express’ many comfortable vessels complete with cushioned seats and enclosed to provide shade from Belize’s usual sunny days.
An hour onboard the boat provided a scenic ride over calm, crystalline waters to Belize City. Once there, we were met by our tour guide, who introduced himself as Roberto Lopez. We were able to grab a quick breakfast from one of the many vendors at the terminal, and shortly after, we joined the remainder of our adventure team for the day, Katie and Nicki Smith.
There is bound to be stimulating conversations at the lunch table after such an adventure. Needless to say, lunch was spectacular. Combined with good conversation and a delectable meal, lunch was truly a satisfaction.
After that delightful meal, and with ample time to spare, we commenced our hike across the river, through the terrain that would lead us to our starting point for the Cave Tubing. Our next adventure would take us through the winding waterway through ancient caves once inhabited by the Mayas. Cave tubing is an all encompassing activity. Hiking across the river, through a pre-determined trail for about a half an hour; helmets, life vests and floating tube in hand, we journey through lush vegetations with informative stops, where Roberto volunteered explanations of the varied vegetation that surrounded us.
After about a half an hour, we arrive to our point of entry. The journey grants visitors a chance to take in the cave systems; dark, mysterious passageways through which an impossibly blue-green stream meanders. Stalactites and stalagmites pepper the caves and occasional squeaks and cold drips keep one alert and focused on the task at hand.
With little light to no light in the entire length of the caves system, headlights are important, and offer such an insight to the travel methods used by the Mayans eons ago. As often explained by guides, the caves were used for all manner of things, including sacrificial rites, as a shelter during especially hard storms and hurricanes, and as a means of travelling from one area to the other, perhaps as escape routes.
Our journey downstream comprised of going through three caves systems, the middle one containing a loud, refreshing waterfall near the exit (or entrance if one were to look upstream). After several minutes of darkened pathways, slowly paddling downriver, the airflow generated from the falling waters was a welcoming refresher.
Following these mind blowing experiences, it’s time to return to reality; back in the city just in time to nab the last SP BZ Express water taxi heading to the island.
Caves Branch Outpost now offers a photo of your zip lining experience at no additional costs. Discovery Expeditions Belize Ltd. is a professional destination management services company dedicated to service, value, comfort, safety and excellence. Offering competitive prices while providing services that surpass all others, Discovery Expeditions is the choice for all your “Discover Belize” tours.
The scope of service offered by Discovery Expedition covers the entire country with offices in several locations, including at the International airport and in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The main office and reservations center is located in Belize City and is opened all year round. Discovery Expeditions represents all major hotels and resorts throughout Belize; as well as, domestic airlines, land transfers, tour operators, dive operators and all other tourism based services available in Belize.