One of the most accessible caves in the country sits within the dense tropical forests of the  St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, situated along the Hummingbird Highway, just 12 miles Southeast of Belmopan. With its visitor center and parking lot located just off the highway, visitors pay a small entrance fee and are off on a short 10-minute trail that leads to the welcoming entrance of St. Herman’s Cave. This cave is archaeologically important, because there is evidence of it being used by the Mayas in the Classic Period of their reign.

At the entrance of the cave, visitors climb down steps that were originally carved out of the earth by the Mayas. At this point in the expedition, flashlights or headlamps are needed to observe the cool dark atmosphere inside. Among the artifacts discovered in the Cave are torches, spears and pottery. By flashing lights on the cave’s walls and ceiling, crystals can be seen sparking in the limestone rock.

For the next 20 minutes or so, visitors observe the outstanding rock formations while venturing further deeper into the cave. Cave tubing can also be arranged, since a shallow stream runs through the cave. A sign will signal the end of the self-guided tour. At this point, a tour guide is required for those wishing to venture further and emerge at one of the other two entrances of the cave. There are several other trails in the area, as well as another cave called the Crystal Cave, that can also be accessed with the help of a tour guide.

Visitors of St. Herman’s Cave should also visit the Blue Hole.  The Blue Hole can be accessed either by trails just 3 km from St. Herman’s Cave, or further down the highway, a short drive from the visitor’s center.

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