ATM - Actun Tunichil Muknal

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Adventure, Cave Expedition
Departs From
Belize City
Intensity Level
Moderate
Attraction(s)
ATM Cave
$
174
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Vitalino R
Response rate: 
40%
Response time:
several hours
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Location Details
Departure:
Belize city or San Ignacio
About Listing
Features:
ATM Cave
Highlights
  • Skeletal Remains
  • History
  • Hiking, River Crossing, Swimming, Climbing
Description
Actun Tunichil Muknal (the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), also known locally as ATM, is a cave near San Ignacio, Cayo District, notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas with skeletal remains in the main chamber.

Many of the Maya artifacts and remains are completely calcified to the cave floor. The ceramics at the site are significant partly because they are marked with “kill holes”, which indicate that they were used for ceremonial purposes. One artifact, named the “Monkey Pot”, is one of just four of its type found in Central America. The Maya also modified cave formations here, in some instances to create altars for the offerings, in others to create silhouettes of faces and animals or to project a shadow image into the cave. The cave is extensively decorated with cave formations in the upper passages.

Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, was first entered by the Mayas in AD 300-600. It was not until the late AD 700-900 that the Mayas went deeper into the cave to perform their ceremonies. The cave was officially opened to the public in 1998.

The cave houses various types of artifacts from ceramics and stoneware to the remains of skeletons. The Mayas consider Actun Tunichil Muknal a highly sacred location, enclosing the famous “Crystal Maiden,” who was thought to be a sacrifice victim. After decades of weathering and natural processes, the surface of the skeleton appears to be covered with a geological sanded finish, which gives the maiden a somewhat magical fairy-dust appearance.
 
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Suitable for:
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Recommended Age Range:
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Explore the cave with an expert, professional, trained and licensed guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Belicious Lunch along with a soda
  • 3-hour walking tour of cave system
  • Park Fee
  • Transportation to and from your hotel
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Hard Grip Water Shoes or Tennis
  • Towel, extra dry clothes
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
$
174
Special Instructions for Rates
No camera is allowed in the Caves
 
Activities
Caving, Hiking
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Weekly on Saturday
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.
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