Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve

 
Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch is the most-visited archeological site in Belize, mainly because of the number of cruiseship daytrippers who come here. However, that doesn’t diminish the grandeur—and just plain fun—you’ll experience when you float on inner tubes in the Caves Branch River through caves that the ancient Maya held sacred. Many Belize City, Belmopan, and San Ignacio tour companies offer cave tubing tours that include transportation, equipment, and a guide, typically for a charge of BZ$100 to BZ$130 per person, although you can drive to the park and do cave tubing on your own with a guide for lower cost.

The site, now fairly commercial with a large paved parking lot, changing rooms, concession stands, bar, and shops, is at the end of a paved road off Mile 37 of the Western Highway, near Jaguar Paw (which is no longer operating as a hotel). With an independent guide you’ll pay around BZ$50 to BZ$70, depending on how many caves you want to go float through. Tours start with a 30-minute hike to the cave entrance, and then you float back to a point near the parking lot.

There is also a zip line at this site, operated by Jaguar Paw/Chukka Caribbean. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch, off Mile 37, Western Hwy.,Frank’s Eddy Village. From Belize City, follow the Western Hwy. to Mile 37. Turn south (left) on a paved road and follow about 6 mi (10 km) to Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve parking lot. BZ$20.