After completing our mission of seeing
the ruins at Caracol we only had one more quest before leaving for
Guatemala; visiting the Barton Creek Cave. About 120 yards up the
river from where our small silver dome had been standing for 4 days
by now, was were you should get hold of a ranger from the
archaeological institute who would take you into the cave. We got the
great storyteller Carlos with us in the canoe and worked our way into
what the Mayans thought to be the connection to the underworld, to
both life and death. This particular cave they believed belonged to
the rain God, Chac, since water was coming out of it.

The Barton Creek Cave

In here
archaeologists had found the remains of 28 people, most likely
sacrificed, pottery and other things that had been sacrificed to
ensure rain and thereby a fruitful harvest. The only things we could
see from the canoe however, were those purposefully placed on the
edges of the shelves upon which they had been found. The cave was in
itself rather spectacular; plentiful stalactites, fascinating colours
and formations and some bats flying around.

After the trip we packed up the gear
and headed for Guatemala in blazing sun.

Crossing the creek near Barton Creek
Outpost – Bo had to take this trip with my bike too – the bottom was full of large rocks.

The border crossing went
peacefully however as always time consuming and included one more
lesson on how to get money out of people.. Bo had gone to make the
mandatory photocopies and the price was 1 quetzales for each copy –
that is for each thing you actually copy – not the number of pages
you copy… how does that work??.. Hmmfrr anyway we made it through
and back on the bikes we headed for El Remate, not so far from one of
the biggest tourist attractions in Guatemala ”Tikal” (more Maya
ruins) before darkness.