The Crystal Cave Tour starts with a 50 minute hike, through lush rainforest and partially steep terrain, which is considered challenging by most. Arriving at the cave entrance, the excitement begins as, we start our journey into “Xibalba”.
Done tactically, around columns and crystalline formations with the help of the guide, at times nearly crawling past the calcite formations as you enter through a narrow, and sometimes, steeply descending pathway. Once inside the main cave, you will find yourself surrounded by an amazing crystal cave that was used by ancient Maya Shamans (priests) for ritual ceremonies that were performed thousands of years ago.
Fire pits, exposing the ashes of ancient fires; charcoal pieces; beads; obsidian knives; ceramics, & broken pottery; a human skeleton, calcified in the limestone floor; all evidence of the flourishing ancient Maya civilization.
Your guide will explain the geology of the cave, as well as the Mayan history, and will detail some of the ancient ceremonies held inside caves like this one. Bloodletting & human sacrifice are among the most common ceremonies of the Maya.
After your adventure in the Crystal Cave, you will hike back to the park facilities where you have the option of taking a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the inland Blue Hole.