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St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

The St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park or “Blue Hole National Park”, in the Maya Mountains is a fantastic place to visit. Covering over 500 acres, there is plenty do to like, hiking, swimming, tubing and spelunking. You can easily spend and amazing day in nature at this location.

The Park is manage by the Audubon Society, which is home to an abundant 200 bird species and a variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys, whose vocalizations can be heard frequently throughout the forest. The cave was once used for Mayan ceremonies and rituals, and remnants of those activities can still be found today. The park’s main attractions are the St. Herman’s Cave and the Blue Hole, which are connected by an underground stream.

Location of this National Park

St. Herman’s Blue Hole and Caves is located on the Hummingbird highway, about 15 miles (23 km) southeast of Belmopan City and approximately 60 miles (97 km) or an hours and half (1.5hrs) south west of Belize City.

From San Ignacio, it is location east. accessible by take the Western Highway, then the hummingbird highway. It’s about a hours (1hrs) drive, or 35 miles (57 km) away.

From Placencia, the parks locations is north-west, about eighty-two miles (137 km) or 2 hours driving. You would take the Placencia Road to the Southern Highway and then on to the Hummingbird Highway.

Things to do here

The national park comprises three primary attractions. St. Herman’s Cave is one of the most accessible caves in the country and one of the few that can be explored without a guide. The Inland Blue Hole, surrounded by jungle vegetation and limestone rock walls, is another attraction within the park. The water in this cenote is part of an underground cave system that flows into the Sibun River. Crystal Cave is another cave, but it is a challenging excursion and can only be visited with a guide. This deep cave poses physical challenges, and guests should be prepared to use rappelling equipment and travel through narrow passages. The area is also a birding hotspot, with its many trails to the caves and other areas of the park. 

1. Exploring the Crystal Cave

Prepare for an enchanting journey as you embark on a brief hike to one of the entrances of Crystal Cave. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately understand the origins of its name. Drift serenely into the first chamber, where you’ll illuminate the high ceilings and walls adorned with stalactites with your headlamp. The scene may momentarily transport you to a grand cathedral rather than a river-fed cave. Continuing your exploration, you’ll encounter colossal boulders emerging from the riverbed, further adding to the awe-inspiring spectacle of Crystal Cave.

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2. Swimming at St. Herman's Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is a stunning sight, formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave, and is a cool and refreshing place to take a swim. The river that flowed through the original cavern still flows through the cave system, creating a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the cenote. The depression measures approximately 100 feet deep and 300 feet in diameter, with a depth of about 25 feet at the base of the Blue Hole. Two entrance areas with parking and visitor-friendly amenities, such as a picnic area, visitor center, gift shop, and trailheads, are available in the park. The second entrance provides easy access to the Blue Hole, a picnic area, restrooms, and changing rooms.

3. Bird Watching

At St. Herman’s, there are many trails you can walk on. You might see some rare birds while you’re there, like the White Hawk, Spotted-Wood Quail, and Crested Guans. There are also colorful birds like the Lovely Cotinga and the Keel-Billed Toucan. If you’re lucky, you might spot the Red-Legged Honey Creeper or the Nightingale Wren. And that’s not all! You could also see the White-Collared Manakin, Great Antshrike, or the Slaty-Tailed Trogon.

After birdwatching, you can relax with a swim in the pools. To get there, you’ll walk down some stairs to a small spring. The water is cool and turquoise, surrounded by lush forest. It’s a great place to cool off and unwind after your hike.

4. Cave Tubing

At St. Herman’s, you can try something really cool called cave tubing. It’s like a mix of exploring caves and floating down a river on a big inner tube. Picture yourself floating down the river, feeling the cool water and looking up at the cave entrance covered in vines. You’ll have a headlamp to light your way, and your guide will show you where to go. It’s a thrilling way to see both the rainforest and the caves. The cave tubing adventure lasts about 2.5 hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
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5. Jungle Hikes

Hiking in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is an adventure waiting to happen. With its lush greenery and diverse wildlife, the park offers a perfect setting for exploring nature on foot.

As you set out on the trails, you’ll be surrounded by towering trees, vibrant flowers, and the sounds of birds chirping overhead. Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s resident wildlife, including exotic birds, playful monkeys, and maybe even a jaguarundi if you’re lucky!

The trails wind through the park’s various ecosystems, from dense rainforests to open savannahs, providing a glimpse into Belize’s rich biodiversity. Along the way, you’ll discover hidden waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, and ancient Maya ruins, adding a sense of wonder to your hike.

Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a beginner explorer, there’s a trail for everyone in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. From short leisurely walks to challenging hikes, you can tailor your adventure to suit your interests and fitness level.

And after a day of hiking, you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the park’s famous Blue Hole. With its stunning turquoise waters and picturesque surroundings, it’s the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

So lace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and get ready to discover the beauty of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park one step at a time.

Exploring this National Park with Pacz Tours

Discover the wonders of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park with Pacz Tours! Nestled in the heart of Belize, this enchanting park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With Pacz Tours, you can embark on an unforgettable journey through lush rainforests, vibrant ecosystems, and ancient Maya ruins. Whether you’re hiking through scenic trails, exploring mysterious caves, or swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Hole, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With experienced guides leading the way, Pacz Tours ensures a safe and immersive experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty and biodiversity of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore one of Belize’s most iconic destinations with Pacz Tours!

Join Pacz Tours and experience the magic of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park firsthand. From the moment you step foot in this pristine wilderness, you’ll be captivated by its natural beauty and rich history. With Pacz Tours, you’ll have the chance to witness exotic wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and hidden treasures that few have ever seen. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a first-time traveller, Pacz Tours offers a variety of packages and activities to suit your interests and preferences. 

So why wait? Book your adventure with Pacz Tours today and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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