Let the cruise adventures continue!
The other excursion that Mal and I did on the cruise was a ziplining and tubing “adventure” tour in Belize. We were really psyched for this one!
Once we departed the cruise ship, we boarded a bus, which drove us 1.5 hours to Jaguar Paw. During the drive, our tour guide shared interesting facts about Belizean culture, history, and geology.
Once we arrived at Jaguar Paw, we were fitted with harnesses and given a brief safety lesson before we climbed up 500 feet to zipline across the jungle. (I’m terrified of heights, so obviously I wasn’t nervous at all.)
Jazz hands second!
There were five different ziplines on the tour, so once I survived the first one, I calmed down and really enjoyed whizzing through the jungle.
Before we started, our tour guide showed us how to put on the brakes using our hand on the line (hence the gloves) since we really picked up speed at times.
We were going so fast on some of the ziplines, there were a couple of guys at the end to physically stop us, which basically meant they got body-slammed each time.
I elbowed one guy so hard in the chest that I apologized to him several times, but he didn’t seem to mind at all. I guess he was used to it since he did it all day long! Poor guy!
After ziplining, Mal and I switched gears and put on life vests for the second half of the tour. We climbed into inner tubes and floated through a crystal-encrusted cave. I didn’t bring my camera since we were going into water, so here’s a pic from the Carnival website, which gives you an idea what it was all about:
It was really neat! And, at the end, we were allowed to swim the final part, which was so amazing! I’m not much of a swimmer, but I absolutely loved it. I mean, swimming in a cave in Belize? Wicked cool.
Similar to exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, this excursion took a solid 8 hours. It actually ran longer than 8 hours, so it was pretty hectic rushing back to the ship before it departed, but because we booked through Carnival, we knew it wouldn’t leave without us. There was a lot of waiting around during this tour (i.e. the long drive and crowds at Jaguar Paw), but it was a lot of fun and definitely worth it.