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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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    Taking a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” for one of the most enlightening, epic and unique experiences of your life.

    Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the ATM Cave with your licensed guide. Recently deemed the #1 Sacred Cave destination in the world by National Geographic, the ATM cave is not only beautiful geologically with its crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but also historically, as is a natural museum of ancient Maya artifacts, as well as a sacred burial place.

    This is the final resting place of “Crystal Maiden,” an ancient Maya ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women and children. Your professional guides have led government officials, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The British High Commission and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave.

    This sacrificial site is accessed by a 45 minute drive from our office in San Ignacio.

    Here we enter the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and park our vehicles at the ranger post. From this point on we are on foot, hiking through the jungle for approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the cave. To access the cave we swim across a small spring- fed pool and wade into the dark underworld of the cave that allows us access the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics, the famed crystallized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”.

    We spend approximately 3 hours in the cave at the guidance of our experienced guides.

    Leave your cameras behind and experience the power of ancient spirits with your mind, body and soul. This is not only a physical adventure but a journey into the spiritual realm.

    We enter back into the jungle world and hike to our vehicles where we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch with water and soft drinks before driving back to San Ignacio.

    Time-frame: 7:20am to 4:30 pm.

    Difficulty level: Moderate (involved some easy swimming and life jackets are provided for non-swimmers, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guide).

    What to bring: Hiking sandals or trainers, socks (for preservation reasons), extra set of dry clothing, extra sandals or flip flops, small backpack, liter of water, bug spray, snacks, swim wear with shorts.

    Please note: Cameras are not allowed and only the guide will carry a dry bag into the cave.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Our group of four went on the ATM cave tour with JC and it was the highlight of our trip. The tour starts with a fun and informative bus ride out to the cave site, which includes a stop at a market where you can...More

    Thank kelseys39
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    If you want to do the ATM tour ( and you should), these are the guys to do it with. Friendly, really knowledgeable and attentive throughout the whole trip. I've travelled a lot and done a lot of tours and this is up there with...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Andypandy75
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Bit expensive at around $USD 100 from San Ignacio, but without doubt worth it. The cave system could be a little challenging for some - we are both mid 50s and not in peak fitness but still managed to get around the bends and swims...More

    Thank Smiffiestour
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    I had heard that if you’re going to do one thing in Belize- make it this. I had high expectations and this tour went beyond. The tour groups are small, no more than 8 people. My guide was Eric who was outstanding and there was...More

    Thank katyjr07
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was by far the highlight of our adventure in Belize. The group was physically diverse: a couple of 50 year olds with 3 young college bound kids. All of us loved the experience- it was challenging for some. The historical artifacts were interesting, our...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank DesiTraveller123456
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    22 July 2019|
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    Response from lmf19642017 | Reviewed this property |
    You can go on the tour and wear a life jacket. the first crossing is in a river and I wore a life jacket and used a rope that is strung across the river to pull myself across with. there are a few places in the tour where... More
    Semone A
    9 June 2019|
    Response from L J | Reviewed this property |
    I would think if there was a flash flood going on while in the cave you would be stuck there until water went down.
    16 April 2019|
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    Response from L J | Reviewed this property |
    I am 70 , not a great swimmer, nor hiker, I did it. Check off my bucket list.
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