Ian Anderson's Caves Branch
Day and Overnight Adventure Tours


Ian Anderson's CAVES BRANCH Adventure Company has hand picked and trained each of the local guides that lead you into the world of a lost civilization.

Each Caves Branch guide has received intensive training in "Cave and wilderness rescue / evacuation" and "Wilderness first aid" and are founding members of the Belize Cave and Wilderness Rescue Team.

"I don't mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors"

Colonel Curtis LeMay

We now invite you to join us on some of the most adventurous and conscience altering expeditions that few will ever have the opportunity to experience.


1 Day Tours Overnight Tours 4 day / 3 night tour

THE RIVER OF CAVES TUBE FLOAT

This is where it all started! Ian Anderson's first and still Belize's longest and most spectacular river cave tube float ... over 7 miles underground.

Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the underworld as you float on inner-tubes with only your headlamp to light your way. Floating past side windows that filter the jungle light through the mist as you swirl around stalagmites jutting from the river and stalectites looming from above. Float past underground waterfalls then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual centre to the ancient Maya.
RIVER CAVE EXPEDITION

Combine inner tubing and cave exploration to explore this incredible river cave system where ancient Maya ceremonial centres, pottery, artifacts, altars and the actual footprints of the Shamen and priests dated to 400 A.D. are still seen.

Spectacular crystal formations over 5 million years old cast eerie shadows into the black abyss as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya. A living museum where the past can still be experienced in its historical and natural location.

Massive cathedral size chambers with walls of river sculptured rock dwarf explorers as we pass on foot and inner tube. Imagine the experience as we float through a cathedral and you turn off our lights leaving you with the sensation of floating in timelessness.
WATERFALL CAVE EXPEDITION

Waterfalls .. waterfalls .. and more waterfalls. Hundreds of feet under the limestone mountain ridge above, explore this river cave with a total of six waterfalls that must be challenged and conquered before days end. No cave tubing today. Spectacular crystal formations loom above and ancient Maya ceremonial centers are hidden in side chambers as you explore this mist shrouded kingdom. At the end of the day, a three kilometer hike through the forest where a driver will be waiting to bring you back to the lodge. Daily departures year round .. subject to high water levels during the rainy season.
MAYAN CEREMONIAL CAVE EXPEDITION

If You Dare...enter into the world which was believed by the ancient Mayan priests to be the "ENTRANCES TO THE UNDERWORLD".. the Realm .. the Domain .. The Kingdom of their Gods .. XIBALBA. Fighting the forces of the spirits left from a civilization lost, walk the actual steps that Maya Shamen walked as the entered .. Xibalba. Feel the presence of the ancient Gods as we explore spectacular crystal chambers that hold 2,000 year old Maya ceremonial centres. Fire pits, charcoal and ash, pottery, bowls, relics, alters, wall carvings, glyph writings and actual skeletons of sacrificial victims are found in various ceremonial caves. These caves are dry caves - no Cave Tubing.
THE BLACK HOLE DROP

After 4 years of planning and two years of dry runs, Its now tried and tested and the results .. SPECTACULAR, INCREDIBLE, A RUSH LIKE NO OTHER !!! The "Mother of all Caves" .. Actun Loch Tunich ! This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.

Our fully trained caving guides then rig a system of ropes for your drop to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, the last 100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy.

But before you start it all .. you might just throw up! The sink hole is not actually black, but you cant see the bottom from where you start. Once you're at the bottom, the question is .. How do we get you out ???? Then a return hike out of the foothills and a well deserved cold beer at camp. There is the Actun Loch Tunich river cave .. but no cave tubing.
JUNGLE SAFARI AFTER DARK

Departing the Jungle Lodge after dark, local bushmen guides will lead you through the jungle in search of many of the elusive animals that feed under the cover of darkness .. gibnut, kinkajou, pica, deer, quash, armadillo, tarantulas, scorpions, leafcutter ants and of course .. snakes! On a number of outings since the Lodge was opened even the elusive Jaguar has been sighted as close as 2 minutes from the Lodge itself. An exciting and enthralling experience for all.
OVERNIGHT CAVING EXPEDITIONS .. 2 days / 1 night

Starting off on day one with the Black Hole drop. Once you are in the basin of the sink hole, your guides then lead you into the incredible rim stone dam entrance of the Actun Loch Tunich river cave system. Camp is set up inside the entrance and dinner prepared. Then on to exploring the upper crystal chambers, ceremonial sites of the ancient Maya. With the campfire ablaze, you settle into a rest filled sleep as the sounds of the jungle eerily sift into the darkness of the cave and the mists of "Chac", the Mayan rain god, rise from the darkness below. The next morning, after a hardy breakfast, you trek down another 400 feet along cave cliff walls on routes of the ancient Maya to the Actun Loch Tunich Underground river, with over 24 kilometers of mapped passageways, exploring in the steps of the ancient Maya, past bubbling springs and an underground waterfall. At the end of the second day, the problem still exists how do we get you out ? Regardless, we will still have a cold beer waiting for you back at the Lodge! When exploring the Actun Loch Tunich River Cave, you do so by trekking, no cave tubing.
OVERNIGHT JUNGLE EXPEDITIONS . . 2 days / 1 night

2 full days and 1 night deep in pristine jungle ... just what every adventurer needs to experience. Bushmen guides will take you out and teach you how to survive in the jungle on this mini jungle survival trek. Tents? Nope! Learn how to build your own shelter ... then sleep in it. Food? Well, we'll bring a bit, but for the rest .. learn where to find it in the jungle ... then learn how to cook it. Upset stomach? Maybe! Special herbs and barks make great medicinal tea.
"JUNGLE QUEST" EXPEDITION

This expedition is designed for the true adventure .. the WEEKEND WARRIOR .. so to speak.  The ULTIMATE CHALLENGE! This is a 4 day/3 night hard core adventure for the hardiest and most adventurous persons. No couch potatoes allowed. The 2 day Jungle Trek above is just a taster. This is "Jungle Survival" at a premium. Leave the Jungle Lodge with only a Machete and your Bushman Guide. When you return... You will have proven yourself. CERTIFICATES AWARDED for accomplishment!


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