Cave Tubing

by Colleen Morrow in


Whoa, today was awesome. We had a long drive up to another resort in the mountains for cave tubing and it was totally worth it. We each had an inner tube and once we reached the river, we had to back paddle upstream into the cave. Once inside, we alternated between walking and tubing deeper into the cave until we were about a half a mile from the entrance. We got to see many different kinds of stalactites and stalagmites, climb up into little caverns with ancient Mayan pottery and fire pits, and see the odd bat here or there. Some of the stalactites we saw had crystals and positively shimmered, others were a lovely shade of red from iron, some even looked like bacon! Our guide, Pablo, was wonderful, telling us about all the different things we were seeing. We had headlamps, which was very helpful because as you can imagine, it's pretty dark in a cave. Once we had reached the end of the cave, we had a picnic lunch by headlamp. It was the best cave picnic I've ever been on. Once lunch was done, we got to float back to the mouth of the cave. We floated mostly in the dark, which was fine for someone my height but EDP hit his head a few times on the rocks. I did manage to beach myself once or twice in shallow areas and after I fell out of the current a few times, Pablo held onto my tube to keep me from falling too far behind. Once we were back at the cave entrance, we made our way out of the water and EDP had a couple of fun jumps off a cliff into the water. Then it was back to change into dry clothes and head back to Hamanasi. Now, it's happy hour and we're reading with a couple of delicious drinks before dinner!