Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Tour

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Aquatic, Cave Expedition, Inland
Departs From
San Ignacio Town
Note
Recommended
Intensity Level
Moderate
$
95
/ Person
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Sarita A
Response rate: 
89%
Response time:
several hours
Location Information
Departure:
San Ignacio, Cayo
About Listing
Features:
ATM Cave
Ancient Artifacts
Archaeological Reserve
Cave System
Nature Trails
Subterranean River
Description
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 to our vehicles and sit to enjoy a local lunch before heading back to San Ignacio.
 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Recommended Age Range:
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Entrance fee
  • Water, snacks, & lunch
  • Equipment
  • Transportation from San Ignacio
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Towel & change of clothes for after the tour
  • Well-threaded sneakers & pair of socks
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Person
$
95
Activities
Caving
Hiking
Sightseeing
Swimming
Nature Walk
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Air conditioned mini-vans. All tours depart from our office in San Ignacio. We offer local hotel pickup upon request. Out of town pick up is available for an extra charge. Please select the transportation add-on rate when submitting your booking request.
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily8:00 AMwhole day tour
Provider
Premium Provider
Belize Caving Expeditions is a local, Belizean owned Tour operator focused in providing the finest quality experience to our visitors. We are experts in Belize travel and adventure ... moretours; also venturing in neighboring Guatemala to visit the famous Tikal Maya site. Our team of friendly, local Belizean guides have been leading tours into the Belizean rainforest for years and are proficient in archeology, caving expedition, jungle trekking and canoeing. We offer a wide range of tour activities to popular sites such as Caracol, Barton Creek, Crystal Cave and our specialty tour- the re-known Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave.
Tagline:
"Join the Adventure"
Tour Operator License:
TO 092-T153
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Languages:
Creole, English, Spanish
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Flexible
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 70% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
•A written cancelation is required in order for tour to be cancelled.
•A full refund will be done 30 days prior to the date of the tour
•Written Cancellation received 10 days prior to tour date a 20% will be charge.
•Written Cancellation received 3 days prior to Tour date a 50% will be charge.
•Written cancellation received with 24 hours of the tour date 100% will be charge.
•In case of a no show, up 100% will be charged (no refund)
 
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