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According to WeddingWire.com, honeymoon planning can be more complicated than couples imagine when they start the process. You’ll have to agree on when to go (September, June and July are the most popular months) and figure out how much time you can afford to honeymoon (7 to 9 days is the average). But when it comes to the type of holiday couples seek, adventure honeymoons blow the competition away.
Since Belize has become the honeymoon capital of the Caribbean, a destination like Caves Branch Jungle Lodge has become the place to go for newlyweds seeking thrills. Ask guests who have stayed at this jungle hideaway–where luxe treehouses offer intimacy and luxury that can take a couple’s breath away–and they’ll recommend three options on the Caves Branch menu that beg to be tried. Are you up for all three?
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is an unforgettable underground experience located within a national park that’s co-managed by the nation’s Institute of Archaeology and Belize Audubon Society. The journey starts with a hike through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve before visitors wade through river water and swim to reach the mouth of the cave.Step inside and you’ve arrived at Xibalba, the entrance to a Maya underworld once used for secret rituals and ceremonies. The highlight of the trip—besides offering couples excuses to cling together—is seeing treasures and relics, but it’s the cave’s crystalline skeletons that are likely to leave the most indelible memories.
Lucky the newly-married couple who picks Caves Branch Jungle Lodge for their adventure honeymoon because Lodge owner Ian Anderson dreamed up the idea of riding oversized inner tubes into the mouth of the River of Caves. Guests travel seven miles underground wearing headlamps to explore the deepest chambers.You’ll pass other-worldly stalagmites and stalactites reminiscent of the way the world looked when dinosaurs roamed the earth, pass underground waterfalls and arrive at the crystal cathedral, once a major spiritual center visited by Maya priests, acolytes and the occasional sacrificial maiden.
Once you’ve had your fill of the underworld, couples eager to push boundaries love being tethered to safety gear that sends each of them sailing over the top of a Belize rain forest at a speed determined by gravity! It’s the ultimate wild ride that surpasses every roller coaster ride on the planet. Whether this is your first or 10th time zip lining
, the thrill remains the same–only this time, you share the experience with the love of your life.Following your three adventures, you’ll probably crave down time within your posh digs, so if the urge to hang a sign on your door that reads “Go Away!” is too strong to resist, remember that Caves Branch offers room service so you two can get on with the business of honeymooning