Helicopter Adventures

Cave Tubing & Canopy Tour

Northern Lagoon(Adventure departs from Cisco Base, Belize City. Total Time 5 hr 30 minutes approximately)

Your Adventure begins once you board your private helicopter at the Cisco Base Heliport in Belize City.  You will then head south to the Northern Lagoon. Then it’s out to the green pastures of the beautiful forest of Belize. On your scenic helicopter journey to Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Heliport your flight takes you over the winding Sibun River with its many twist and turns. You will then fly over Caves Branch where you will be able to see the beauty of the river as it flows through the cave system.

This area encompasses 58,000 acres that are situated beneath a 100 ft rainforest canopy and is bordered by the turquoise waters of Caves Branch River. Ahead of Caves Branch lays the deep forest of the Mountain Pine Ridge. You will get a bird’s eye’s view of Belize’s pristine jungles, rivers, caves, limestone arches and mountains.

Astrum HelicoptersYou will experience the mystery and beauty of the caves and caverns of Belize. The Caves Branch team unsurpassed at guided cave exploration invites you to share in these exciting adventures, on foot or by water. All cave tours depart daily and may be subject to high water levels during the rainy season. All adventures are full day unless otherwise stated.

This is where it all started! Ian Anderson’s first and still Belize’s longest and most spectacular “River of Caves” Cave Tubing. Over 7 miles underground.  Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to light your way. Floating along side windows that filter the jungle light through the mist, swirl around stalagmites jutting from the river, be amazed of stalactites looming from above, float past underground waterfalls and then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual center to the ancient Maya’s.

Some underground hiking and jungle trekking is necessary. This Cave is subjected to high water levels during the rainy season. This tour is only available during the rainy season since the river levels get very low during the dry season.

Cave TubingThis adventure combines cave tubing and cave exploration to explore this incredible river cave system where ancient Maya Ceremonial centers, pottery, artifacts, altars, obsidian blood letting blades, jade and the actual footprints of the Shaman and priests dated to 400 A.D. are still seen. Spectacular crystal formations over 5,000,000 years old cast eerie shadows into the black abyss as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya.

A living museum where the past can still be experienced in its historical and natural location. Massive cathedral size chambers with walls of river sculptured rock dwarf explorers as we pass on foot and inner tube. Imagine the experience as we float through a cathedral and you turn off our lights … leaving you with the sensation of floating in timelessness.

After this one of a kind adventure you will be taken back through the jungle to Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Heliport where you will board the helicopter once more and venture into your next adventure.

Requirements:

  • Wear Shorts and T-shirt
  • Wear tennis shoes (NO water shoes allowed)
  • Bring Change of clothes
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old

Note: Lunch can be arranged inside the Cave or at Ian Andersons’ Lodge (all meals served buffet family style at the lodge).

As you depart from the heliport sit back and allow yourself to take in the picture perfect view of the mainland as you soar over lagoons, rivers and caves. On your scenic helicopter journey to Bak-a-Bush's Lost World Heliport your flight takes you over the winding Sibun River with its many twist and turns. Then it’s out to the green pastures of the beautiful forest of Belize.

Cave TubingAfter a short orientation and safety briefing, your journey continues across the Savannah Pine Ridge, through the untouched Belizean jungle. At a remote clearing in the middle of the dense forest, you will enter into a cavernous tunnel which leads to a primeval rainforest encircled by crevassed rock walls more than 100 feet tall. Here dwell many creatures of the night including Vampire Bats. This is where your Chukka Canopy Tour® of the Lost World Cave begins.

A short walk takes you through the giant doorway to the cave, along a 50 foot tunnel, to the top of the rim of the cave where you will find your 1st traverse. Soar along five traverses ranging between 105 - 500 feet long above the floor of the densely populated forest stretching upwards for sunlight peeking through the rim of the cave. Each platform is perched on the inside face of this open air crater giving you a truly amazing experience.

Cave TubingYour final traverse takes you to a rock shelf, protruding from the side of the large tunnel-like entrance to the cave where your tour ends with an exciting rappel to the floor.

After this once in a lifetime experience you will be taken back through the jungle to Bak-a-Bush's Lost World Heliport where you will board the helicopter once more and venture into your next adventure.

Requirements:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Wear tennis shoes (NO water shoes allowed)
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old

Upon leaving from the heliport on your final flight, you will get a bird’s eye’s view of Belize’s pristine jungles, rivers, caves, limestone arches and mountains as you fly back at the end of the day landing at the Belize City, Cisco Heliport.

 
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