It was again an early morning. I was tired and did not want to get out of bed but I knew I should. There was a big day ahead of us and we would have so much fun. The only thing was the drive. It was on the way to the airport, but somehow seemed to take longer than expected. By the time we got to our first stop, we were ready to get out of the car.
We were going cave tubing! We met a local at the beginning of the road. He seemed very nice but he definitely wanted our business. After a lot of back and forth, we decided to drive to the gate which was about 10 mins in. The guy ended up following us in.
After bargaining with him and some other companies, we decided on a fair price. $50 Belizean per person($35 CAD). We ended up going with the local. The tour started with a dip in the river to cool off. We crossed the river, then followed a trail through the jungle to learn a bit about the plants from Belize.
My favorite plant we learned about was the Cohune Palm. It has small nuts that grow hanging in a bunch. Our guide (Juan) threw a rock up at the bunch to try to get a nut . After a few tries, one came falling down. Juan described the taste as coconut meat. They were ok, but if I was lost in a Belize jungle without any food, then I am sure I would eat one.
Anyway, we continued down the trail and I was grateful to see it turn towards the river. Juan tied all our tubes together and we started to drift down with the current. As we entered the cave, Juan was pointing his light at different stalactite and stalagmite formations. It was so dark we couldn’t even see where we were going. The current took us in somewhat the right direction, although sometimes we would have to fight against the current. We were drifting through the cave for about an hour. That shows how long it was.
The path we followed took us in a loop and we ended at the spot in the river we had crossed at the beginning. It was time to go find a hotel because we had another adventure coming tomorrow. What a great day!