Chumpiate Maya Cave

Hidden deep in the forest is a spot once often occupied by Mayas: Chumpiate Cave. Within there are ruins that anyone mystified by the Maya culture won't want to miss.


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A quick hike from the trail head through the jungle takes you to Chechem Hah, the Morales family farm that serves as the gateway to the cave. Another steep jungle trail from the farm takes you straight to the cave.

Chumpiate Maya Cave can be found west-northwest of Sarawina, a hamlet in the vicinity of Dangriga; it is to the southeast of Belmopan.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is having food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this cave. The most proximate restaurant to Chumpiate Maya Cave is Brown's Deli, a wonderful location to eat at before checking out Chumpiate Maya Cave. Also within a short distance, you'll come across eateries including Ter's Delights and Tropical Restaurant giving you a fair number dining options.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who like caves, and would like to see others, should consider going to Crystal Cave and Blue Hole Cave; both of which are a little ways off, but can be reached in the car. Other types of nearby attractions include Blue Hole National Park, which is within traveling distance in Central Belize. You might also consider heading to St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park, which is another nearby attraction.

Caves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in Belize. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Chumpiate Maya Cave.

Attractions Near Chumpiate Maya Cave
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Blue Hole National Park -- 0.9 mi. (15.2 km) W 9.4 mi. Southeast of Belmopan
St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park -- 1.0 mi. (15.1 km) W 9.4 mi. Southeast of Belmopan
Five Blues Lake National Park Other Attraction 4.3 mi. (22.6 km) E 14.0 mi. Southeast of Belmopan
George Price Center for Peace and Development Museum 9.7 mi. (0.9 km) NW Belmopan

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