I join a tour with Hun Chi’ik Tours in San Ignacio, Belize to visit the mystical Crystal Cave (Cow Mountain)
We start the tour by hiking through the steamy jungle, I film my first Blue Morpho Butterfly. We then descend into the Mayan Underworld, going 150 metres down into the cave system, that has been used for ceremony since ancient times. Maya shamans and priests would enter into trance in crystal cave to conduct their ceremonies and rituals. We see huge caverns adorned with spelothems and crystalline formation, artifacts of pottery, beads, obsidian blades and human skeletal remains that have been calcified in the limestone floor.
Crystal Cave is located in the Blue Hole National Park. After exploring the realms of the Under world (xibalba), we hike back to the vehicle and drive for five minutes to the Blue Hole for a refreshing swim.
Hun Chi’ik Tours is a locally owned tour operator business. It was established by local tour guides with a combined experience of over 20 years, to offer unique tour services.