Actun Chapat

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.


Set in the vicinity of Belize City, Actun Chapat happily welcomes local residents and vacationers who are lodging in this area of Belize. Even if you aren't staying particularly close, you are free to stop by to check out the sights. It is west of Belize City.

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.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending some time exploring the area could be chowing down on fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of Actun Chapat. The Garden Cafe and Courtyard, which has a menu full of eclectic fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for cave visitors. The Victorian Room Restaurant and 88 Kitchen are a couple other refreshment choices nearby. At 88 Kitchen you and your party should be sure to try a bit of Chinese meals and experience the flavors of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some other places of interest nearby, including Old Belize, which is within driving distance in Northern Belize. You might also want to think about checking out Yarborough Cemetary, which is another attraction close by.

Caves are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in Belize. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Actun Chapat
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
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

More Information

Location: Mile 73 3/4 Western Highway, the vicinity of Belize City, Belize


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