Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

Listing Type
Tour Type
Aquatic, Cave Expedition, Inland
Departs From
San Ignacio Town
Intensity Level
ATM Cave
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Franscico M
Response rate: 
Response time:
several hours
Location Details
San Ignacio Town
About Listing
Ancient Artifacts
Archaeological Reserve
Cave System
Nature Trails
Subterranean River

Getting There: 
Your adventure begins at 8:00 AM with a 45 minutes’ drive on the George Price Highway with another 30 minutes’ off-road to the parking lot. 

From the parking lot, we have a 45 minutes’ jungle hike toward the cave entrance, crossing a knee-deep river 3 times along the way- enjoy the scenery.

At the cave entrance: 
Upon reaching the mouth of the ATM cave, your guide briefs you on the cave’s historical facts while you gear up with helmets and headlamps. The hike inside the cave entails a very short swim of about 30 feet across at the very entrance of the cave. For non-swimmers, there is a by-pass around the corner of the cave’s entrance through which you are assisted by the guide. For the rest of the cave length, it’s mostly wading through the water no deeper than chest-height (at average height) at most. Admire the myriad cave formations along the way until reaching the hidden dry chamber where amazement awaits you.

In the main chamber: 
To get to the main chamber, you'll climb over some rocks providing a staircase to the chamber. Once in the chamber, you’ll be asked by your guide to take off your shoes and walk with only your socks on your feet. Here your guide explains the Maya rituals while you awe at the magnificence of this ancient tomb and its grandeur.

You’ll be amazed by all the Mayan artifacts and remains freely scattered throughout the cave as your guide explains how they got there and what lead to this shocking massacre in such a remote location. Walking farther into the cave, we’ll reach a higher but smaller chamber accessible only through the use of a man-made ladder. This is where the prized, intact, crystalized skeletal remains of the Crystal Maiden lay. Take your time, to sink in the reality of what lies before you.

After being saturated to capacity with astonishment, we make our way back out of the chambers and the cave. (the way back out always seems so much shorter than the way in). We then hike back onto the parking lot, where the guide will provide you with your lunch as you discuss the reality of what you’ve just witnessed inside. You may choose to change into your dry clothes before or after lunch (your choice). After lunch, we board our vehicle and head back to San Ignacio arriving around 3:30- 4:00 PM.

Suitable for:
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Taxes GST ( Goods and Services Tax)
  • National Park Fees
  • Packed Lunch
  • Light Refreshments
  • Professional Guide
  • Towels
  • Helmets, Headlights
  • Life Jacket
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Sneakers with good Traction or Hiking boots, water shoes
  • Thick Pair of socks ( Must)
  • Lightweight pants
  • Lightweight Shirt
  • Change of Clothes
  • Insect Repellent
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
13 people
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
2 pax
3- 6 Pax
7-9 Pax
10 - 13 Pax
Special Instructions for Rates
The following (out-of-town) hotels qualify for free pick-ups: Ka'ana Resort, Cassia Hill, The Log Cab-Inns, and other accommodations around these resorts.
The total cost of the options you choose will be added to the total cost of the tour.
PersonTransfer Pick up
Hotel Pick up Outside of San Ignacio
Hiking, Sightseeing
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Free hotel pick-ups WITHIN San Ignacio Town ONLY.
Start Time
Daily8:00 AM8 - 9 Hrs
We are dedicated to helping you plan your Belize Vacation with the most successful and memorable outcome. Our Third Party Liability Insured fleet will get you to your lodging destination ... morein a timely & dependable manner. Our team of professional Licensed tour guides have well over 10 years’ experience and are certified in CPR and basic life-saving skills.

With our carefully selected list of hotels/ lodges/ resorts, you can count on us to plan the perfect all-inclusive package to suit your budget and personal preferences.

By booking with us you’re making a positive impact on the lives of many underprivileged families in our many underdeveloped communities. Read more HERE about how we’re making our first steps onto the responsible tourism arena and we’re inviting you to share with us in the joy of giving.

If you are an organization who brings groups on mission trips to Belize on a regular basis, we’d love to partner with you in providing excellent group transfers and accommodations at per-person rates inclusive of breakfast, taxes, & use of conference facilities.

We are based on Mile 2 1/2 Benque Viejo Road in San Ignacio, Cayo, the heart of Belize’s Mayan Adventure World – This is our Meetup/ Pick up point for tours but we can also pick you up at your place of lodging within a 2-mile radius of San Ignacio Town.

Contact us for any questions you may have about traveling in Belize, what to do, or where to stay. We’d be happy to assist and if you’re looking for a beach and jungle combo destination package at great deals (inclusive of transfers, activities, and accommodations) we’ve got just the right connections and are flexible in meeting your budget.

We look forward to welcoming you and showing you the best of what “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” has to offer you!
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Gold Certified:
Service Types:
Tours | Activities
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 90 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
Bookings will require full payment.

Cancellations due to inclement whether, natural disasters or any events that are out of our control, will be rescheduled for the following day if your schedule permits.

No refunds will be granted for cancellations made within 48 hours from due date.
50% refund will be granted for cancellations made within 72 hours from due date.

Minimum of 2 persons is required for each tour.

You are responsible for notifying us of any ailments which could lead to your inability to finish your tour for whatever reason.
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