The St. Mathews Blue Hole National Park in Stann Creek District is a site that is worthy a visit if you ever get to Belize.
Home of 3 caves that are available of searching, it is an experience to enter the caves to view the power of water over centuries.
The park’s location is off the main road from Belmopan to Dangriga.
The author pays his own way, so the guided tours were just not affordable.
One can explore St. Herman’s cave with a flash light by himself and that was good enough for me.
From the parking lot, St. Herman’s cave is about a 15 minute walk.
From the authors point of view, there are certain things that just give him the heebie jeebies.
This is one of those sites that invoke those feelings.
Oh, the thoughts of snakes, spiders, bats and other animals that the author has no wish to run into, came to mind as he looked into this entrance!
Being by himself, these things just conjure up uncomfortable thoughts.
Being the wild and crazy guy he is, he gathered the courage and ventured forth into the darkness.
The beauty of all this wet, dank interior of the cave is that the first thing I did when I entered – I feel! Cut my hand.
Then I tried the flashlight – it didn’t work!
I had to unscrew the thing, take out the batteries, put them back in correctly , while my hand is bleeding in pitch dark blackness! Fun!
So, after this little adventure into the cave, and realizing caves were not a real “turn on”, the author still had plenty of daylight left to do something.
Just what the doctor ordered – a sign that stated a viewing tower was available to hike to. It even showed an “easy’ hiking path, and a “hard” hiking path.
Being 58 years old, the author decided to take the easy hiking path.
This was the goal – the viewing tower. This tower has been here awhile, and has had little maintenance.
The fellows who built this thing brought up the lumber on the trail the author just left. Authors first thought – “Better them than me!”
Carefully I climb these steps. They are so close together, he scrapes his shins on the steps that lead to the top. The wood is rotting in certain areas. This tower is old.
Slowly but surely he makes his way to the top of the tower, for this view of Stann Creek District Valley.
Overall, the St. Mathews Blue Hole National park is a great place to visit.
Caves and a choice of different hiking trails that culminate in beautiful views – it is worth the cost of admission to venture around this park to enjoy the variety of choices.
If you get to Belize, put this on your agenda as a worthwhile place to visit.
Cheers for now.