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The most popular outdoor activity around Belmopan is cave tubing. You float down the Caves Branch River in an inner tube, at points going through dark limestone caves in the subterranean sections of the river.
Caves Branch River has two main entry points: near Jaguar Paw Lodge (Off Mile 37 of Western Hwy.820/2023) and near Caves Branch Adventure Co. & Jungle Lodge (Off Hummingbird Hwy.822/2800). The Jaguar Paw access attracts more people, and when several cruise ships are in port at Belize City, the river here can be jammed. There's a parking area about ½ mi (1 km) from Jaguar Paw, BZ$4 parking fee, and here you'll find a number of tour guides for cave-tubing tours, which vary in length, generally costing from BZ$80 to BZ$150. Cave-tubing trips from Caves Branch Lodge are longer, require more hiking, and cost more. For example, the "River of Caves" trip, through 7 mi (12 km) of underground caves, takes much of a day and costs BZ$190 per person.
Cave tubing is subject to changes in the river levels. In the dry season (February-May or June), the river levels are often too low for cave tubing. Also, after heavy rains, the water level in the river is too high to safely float through caves, so in the rainy season (June-November) cave-tubing trips may occasionally be canceled. Always call ahead to check if tours are operating.
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