It is one of the most magnificent caves in Belize as it boasts an impressive entrance with a beautiful cascade of water bursting at its mouth. Hokeb Ha Cave in Blue Creek, Toledo District gives visitors a spectacular look into the Maya underworld, one well worth the hike to get there.
What starts out as an easy upstream hike along the banks of the green-blue river, through clear paths, turns out into be a vigorous climb through rocks, fallen trees and waterfalls. The cave is only about a 20-minute hike from the Maya village of Blue Creek.
You stand at the mouth of the cave surrounded by towering limestone rock and jungle foliage, sprayed by the mist of the blue crystalline cascade. After that vigorous trek your reward is basking in the cool shady hillside and a refreshing dip in the natural pool.
It is possible to just visit the cave entrance and enjoy the surrounding while you wallow in the pool, but you can also visit the interior of the cave. With the help of an experienced guide, it is one trip well worth making. Archaeologists have found Late Classic ceramics and an altar inside this cave, leading them to theorize that Hokeb Ha Cave was used specifically for ceremonial purposes. With headlamps and life jackets you explore deep inside the pitch black cave system marveling at intricate rock formations, Mayan hieroglyphics, stalagmites and stalactites.
At certain times during the rainy season, the cave is not accessible due to the possibility of a sudden rise in water. You can check with local tour operator for cave conditions. The cave offers an amazing backdrop for other activities including cave tubing, swimming, and jumping into the cold clear water after your hike!
Things you need:
Good Hiking Shoes
Flashlight (for inside the cave)
Activity Level: (1 Lowest – 10 Highest)
8 – The hike is fairly easy for a few minutes but then gets vigorous as you approach the mouth of the cave)