Only recently opened to the public, Actun Chapat is known by very few tourists, but is a must-see site nonetheless. There is evidence that this cave system was used by Mayans since around 4400BC, and the owner of the property is very careful about who is allowed in. For this reason, only he will lead tours and he watched carefully over his guests to ensure that none of the artifacts are damaged. You should only plan a trip here if you are soft footed and will take great care to preserve the structure's integrity.
Actun Chapat is actually comprised of three separate caves called Actun Chapat, Halal, and Son of Chapat. None of the caves have been fully excavated, but we do know at this point that Actun Chapat has two entrances and no known ending, and Son of Chapat is believed to have a subterranean connection to Actun Chapat. Between the three there are thousands of feet of passages.
Actun Chapel was once a burial chamber for the Mayans, but it has been looted over the years. Several bits and pieces of human remains are still present. In addition to the artifacts, animals such as bats and opossum can be spotted inside, plus there is a lake with crabs and blind catfish.
Located in , always welcomes local customers and travelers lodging in this area of Belize. Regardless of whether or not you are staying very close, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun.
The cave system is located about 19 miles south of San Ignacio, but you will need a guide to get there and to go inside.
Positioned in the vicinity of Belize City, Actun Chapat always welcomes local customers and travelers rooming in this part of Belize. However, even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. From this location, Belize City is to the east.
Guests visiting this cave will have no problem finding a meal, since you'll discover a broad selection of food and drink providers in this area. The most convenient eatery to Actun Chapat is The Garden Cafe and Courtyard, which has a menu full of eclectic food. The Victorian Room Restaurant and are some of the additional restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At 88 Kitchen you and your group can eat some Chinese dishes and experience the flavors of Belize.
Additional local attractions include Old Belize, which is within driving range in Northern Belize. You might also consider making the trip to Yarborough Cemetary, which is another attraction in the vicinity.
Caves are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Actun Chapat.
|Old Belize||Museum||--||--||4.6 mi. West-Southwest of Belize City|
|Yarborough Cemetary||Historic Site||--||--||Downtown Belize City|
|Government House/House of Culture||Museum||--||--||Downtown Belize City|
|Swing Bridge||Historic Site||--||--||Fort George|
|Maritime Museum||Museum||--||--||Fort George|
|Supreme Court Building||Historic Site||--||--||Fort George|
|Museum of Belize||Museum||--||--||Downtown Belize City|
|Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse||Historic Site||--||--||Fort George|
Mile 73 3/4 Western Highway, the vicinity of Belize City, Belize
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