Discover St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park in Belize
St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is a unique national park in Belize for nature lovers. The park is located on the Hummingbird Highway, about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan, the nation’s capital.
Travelers to Belize should consider visiting St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park due to its rich history. And thanks to the country’s warm climate, visitors can enjoy visiting the park any time of the year.
The location boasts unique geological features and attractions that span over 575 acres and visitors can enjoy plenty of adventures within this park. Some of the top activities to do include hiking nature trails, swimming in the inland blue hole (This inland “blue hole” is not to be confused with the Great Blue Hole located off the coast of Belize), and cave tubing. Bird watching is also a popular activity as over 200 different species of birds have been spotted in the area.
Exotic creatures like armadillos, jaguars, tapirs, and ocelots are just a few of the animals that you might encounter roaming in the park when you visit.
St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is unlike other national parks around the world and stands out for its underground streams and caves. Two of the most notable attractions to explore include the inland Blue Hole and the Mountain Cow Cave (also known as Crystal Cave).
The inland Blue Hole is an ideal place to take a swim as the size of the cenote is 100 feet deep and 300 feet in diameter. The location is picturesque and makes it easy to cool off from the Belizean heat. The inland Blue Hole was formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave and the river that ran through the original cavern still passes through the cave system forming the sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the cenote.
The Mountain Cow Cave is just as interesting and guided exploration of the cave is available. The cave system allows visitors to explore various caverns where crystalline formations are present. Travelers can learn about the Maya shamans and priests who performed sacred rituals in the underground world, known as Xibalba in the Maya culture. Not only does the attraction have a rich history, but it’s also beautiful to photograph and has natural beauty that has been well-preserved.
Travelers interested in exploring the St.Herman’s Blue Hole National Park can contact Barefoot Rentals and Services for information. Offering more than car rental services, Barefoot also arranges tours to ancient Maya temples, the gorgeous Belize Barrier Reef and other top nature parks like Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Bocawina National Park.