Sunday, 27 November 2011

Cave Kayaking in Belize with the Kayaking Experts

A whole New World of Adventure!

This kayaking tour is designed to offer its participants a maximum adventure experience! At the beginning of the tour all equipment will be checked for Safety purposes. Safety information for kayaking, the use of all equipment, and the characteristics of river will be discussed. Any questions and/or concerns will also be open for discussion and answered. Once completed everyone is to prepare themselves with the proper gear which should take about 5 to 10 minutes. At the entrance of the cave, your guide(s) will brief you on the history of the ancient Maya, as well as facts pertaining to the use of caves and the geology of the area you are about to enter.

There are a series of rapids just inside the cave. When you exit each cave, you will have the chance to see the jungle canopy that surrounds the area and river.   On the river, the guides alternate in front, middle and back of the group.  You may see some wild life such as Tarantula spiders, howler monkeys and lot of birds. We will stop for lunch at about the 5th exit of the cave.  This is the guide/s favorite lunch spot which features a magnificent view of the jungle hillside and this creates a spectacular swimming area with 10 foot crystal blue water. 

Lunch: This will consist of a buffet styled- “Do-It-Yourself-Burrito with homemade flour tortillas, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, cucumber, carrots, cheese, sliced boneless ham, pastrami and condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise and Belizean famous-“Marie Sharps” hot sauce. For those guests who are vegetarians (Kindly specify in advance), you can simply skip the meats. Burritos are delicious with just the veggies!

After lunch there is 15 minute hike through the Jungle. At this point, you will be getting out of the river and hiking through the jungle to another entrance-where you will get back into the river. This river basically goes underground and under the mountain, leaving no way to get past this point- so the hike is necessary in order to continue the tour.  This second river entrance is what we consider to be the Half Way point along the trip as there are 5 more caves to go through and more rapids to traverse.  The guide/s will need assistance from the guests in order to carry the gear and equipment/kayaks & paddles and you are welcome to take the light loads so that the guides can back the heavier items.  

Time of exit is estimated at around 2-2:30pm. You will hike back to the parking lot –approx. 5 minutes. Ready to leave the parking area at approx 3:00pm.

Physical Requirements:
Participants MUST have an excellent level of physical fitness and should be able to tolerate dark caves and should be able to swim with all safety gear on (especially P.F.D & Helmet.)

Cancellation of Tour: Heavy mountain rains can produce flooding that will force us to cancel the tour. If during the trip itself, heavy rains are experienced, the guide may make the decision to call off the tour for safety reasons. It should be noted that at all times, your guide/s have your safety and well being in mind, and will be forced to make decisions that will keep you safe!

Special Note: ALL guides are certified as Wilderness First Responder medics, and are certified in Flood & Swift Water Rescue. Your guides are proud members of the Belize Disaster And Rescue Response Team known also as BDARRT. BDARRT is affiliated with Belize’s-National Emergency Management Organization- NEMO and has participated in response efforts in Belize & neighboring Mexico (after Hurricane Wilma). BDARRT is currently the training company for the Belize Tourist Board- Certified Tour Guides that take guests into popular natural caves such as this one and who offer tours to resort guests, private groups, cruise ship passengers and locals alike.

 For your Info… Your Guides Gear List Includes:            
Ø  Single kayak,
Ø  Helmet
Ø   headlamp
Ø  Spare light and batteries
Ø   Type 5 -P.F.D
Ø   70 feet throw rope dry bag
Ø  Medical First Aid kit.