Monday, January 31, 2011

St. Herman's Cave, Belize

St. Herman's Cave, Hummingbird Highway

unused, from 2011

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St. Herman's Cave is of great archaeological interest. It was used by the Maya during the Classic Period. Pottery vessels were found, which were used for the collection of Zuh uy Ha (virgin water) from driping speleothems (cave formations). Other interesting finds included spears and torches.

Normally a permit is required for all archaeological caves in Belize. This cave is an exception, as it is open to all park visitors without permit.

You can walk on a concrete path with steps for more than 1.6 km underground, but it can be slippery when wet.

Two miles from St Herman's Cave is the Blue Hole, an azure blue swimming hole fringed with vines and ferns. It is fed by a stream which comes from St Herman's Cave. (Maybe the reflection of the water is why this cave looks blue-green in this postcard.  It looks almost like it is underwater!)

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