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ATM Adventure-Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

By Belize Caving Expeditions
Price was undefined, price is now $95
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Highlights

  • Rated #1 Sacred Cave by National Geographic

  • calcified human remains

  • Considered a living museum

  • Ceremonial altars, pottery and sacrificial victims

  • Intact skeleton of a sacrificial victim

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    guided tour of ATM

  • What's included

    entrance fee

  • What's included

    snack

  • What's included

    water

  • What's included

    lunch

  • What's included

    equipment

  • What's included

    transport within San Ignacio Town

  • What's included

    Rum Punch

  • What's excluded

    Pick up outside of San Ignacio town

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks and gloves required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected

Know Before You Book

  • Children minimum height of 40 inches

  • some level of physical fitness required

  • must be able to swim

  • 45 minute hike

  • no cameras allowed

  • 8 am departure from San Ignacio, return by 5 pm

  • 2 person minimum

What you can expect

Welcome to the gateway of the Mayan Underworld. Actun Tunichil Muknal (cave of the stone sepulchre) is commonly referred to as ATM Cave. Located near San Ignacio, Cayo District, it is one of the most impressive Maya ceremonial caves containing rare bloodletting altars used in sacrifices by Maya royalty, and where calcified skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware have been found. The best known as “The Crystal Maiden”, the intact skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been calcified over the years to a sparkling crystallized appearance.

The hike to the cave entrance through the lush Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve requires visitors to swim to the mouth of the cave and then wade through ankle to chest high water and once inside the magnificent cave, the exploration begins. The tour requires climbing and swimming as well as crawling through small spaces. The cave is extensively decorated with cave formations in the upper passages, a labyrinth of dry chambers which lead to the cathedral-like main hall, a towering chamber 350 meters in length and 50 meters wide and filled with artifacts and sacrificial remains. Visitors remove shoes and explore the cave in socks only, to protect the artifacts on the cave floor. After this, another climb takes you to the stone sepulchre (after which the cave is named) where the Crystal Maiden lies. Photography is now disallowed inside the cave unless special permits are obtained.

This is an extraordinary Belize adventure and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries. A visit to this site is truly profound and unforgettable. After this memorable adventure, we hike back and sit to enjoy a local lunch before heading back to San Ignacio.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks and gloves required
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available

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Location

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Activity Location

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Cayo District

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Belize Caving Expeditions Office
  • 6 Far West Street
  • San Ignacio Cayo District
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