ATM Cave Tour from San Pedro Ambergris Caye

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Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Cave Expedition, Cultural | Educational, Inland
Gold Standard
Yes
Departs From
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Intensity Level
Moderate
Attraction(s)
ATM Cave
$
275
-
$
395
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Belizing Experiences A
Avg. Response:
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Location Details
Departure:
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
About Listing
Features:
ATM Cave
Ancient Artifacts
Archaeological Reserve
Cave System
Highlights
  • Most Sacred Cave in the World
  • Top Inland Attraction from San Pedro
Belize Gold Standard Certified - Belizing.com

Description
Take a Day Trip from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and experience the best Cave Tour in Belize. 

About the Tour

  • All-inclusive ATM tour from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Includes all transportation, entrance fees, equipment, and lunch (meal preferences can be arranged). 
  • Departure Time from the island is 7 AM
  • Your pick-up in Belize City is scheduled for 8 AM sharp - so it is critical that you board the flight on time! 
  • Your tour will be with a certified gold standard tour operator, with an ATM licensed guide. 
  • Groups are limited to 8 per guide, and there is a daily cap of 125 visitors per day. 
  • You can add local transportation to/from your hotel in San Pedro for an additional fee. 
The tour is refundable (minus a small service fee) up to 24 hours before departure.  Any cancellations made within 24 hours of departure will not be refunded. However, if we are contacted at least 24 hours in advance, we can help you to reschedule the tour for a later date.

The ATM Cave has been declared the world's most sacred cave by National Geographic. Journey back in time to explore this sacred cave, previously untouched for thousands of years!

About the ATM Cave

The Belize ATM Cave is a wet cave, where you swim into the entrance and then trek through ankle to chest-high water before climbing to a dry chamber that leads to the cathedral or main hall. This towering chamber is 350 meters in length and 50 meters wide and is filled with artifacts and the skeletal remains of 14 bodies, about half of them children.  All of the skeletal remains are male except one completely intact female skeleton covered in sparkling mineral deposits, the Crystal Maiden. Other artifacts include large pots and jars, flute-like instruments, and ground stones used for grinding corn and grains, suggesting agricultural rituals.

ATM Cave is considered the best Belize cave to explore and is declared the world's most sacred cave by National Geographic.  It is an extraordinary and rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were thousands of years ago, virtually untouched.
 
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Roundtrip flight to Belize City
  • Transportation
  • Licensed Guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Equipment
  • Packed lunch
  • Water
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Closed-toe shoes (no flip flops)
  • Pair of socks (mandatory)
  • Change of Clothes and Towel
  • Bug spray
  • No type of cameras
  • Cash for Snacks and Tips
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
16 people
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.
Description
Person
$
300
By Plane - Min 2 pax | 7 AM
Person
$
350
By Plane - Solo Traveler | 7 AM | Check Availability
Person
$
395
By Plane - Solo Traveler | 7 AM | Tour Guaranteed
Person
$
275
By Plane | Per Person | Group of 6 or more
Special Instructions for Rates
*Does not include local taxi pickup/drop-off in San Pedro. You can add local taxi roundtrip service to your booking here, or you can make your own arrangements or use your own transportation. This helps you save on costs if you already have transportation on the island.
 
Add-ons
The total cost of the options you choose will be added to the total cost of the tour.
Per
Name
Price
Description
GroupLocal Taxi in San Pedro (in Town)
$
30
Group of 4 | Roundtrip service from your hotel. Includes most areas in town and south of town. Includes, Alaia, Mahogany Bay, and Victoria House.
GroupLocal Taxi in San Pero (Out of Town)
$
60
Group of 4 | Roundtrip service from your out of hotel. Includes anything north of the bridge such as Grand Caribe, Coco Beach, Portofino, Captain Morgans, and others.
Itinerary
Activity
Description
Duration
5:30 to 6am - Local PickupPickup by taxi from your hotel or rental in San Pedro (Additional Fee).
6am - Departure by Water TaxiBring your Belizing Ticket voucher - sent to you via email.2 hours.
7am - Departure by FlightBring your ID for flight Check in or digital copy of flight itinerary - sent to you via email.30 minutes
Belize City DepartureYour driver will pick you up in Belize City. A quick stop for breakfast is possible. Please note that breakfast is not included in your booking. The drive to the ATM cutoff is about 1 hour.1 hour
Drive to ATM siteYou will meet your ATM cave guide in the village of Teakettle in the Cayo District. You will switch vehicles here and ride with your guide to the site. You may be joined by other guests unless your tour is private.45 minutes
ATM ExperienceThe entire experience is about 4 hours, including time for lunch. The Belize ATM Cave is a wet cave, where you swim into the entrance and then trek through ankle to chest high water before climbing to a dry chamber which leads to the cathedral or main hall.4 hours
Departure back to San PedroAfter exploring deep inside the cave we back track to Teakettle Village and continue to Belize City where you take the 5:30pm boat or flight back to Ambergris Caye. Your cab driver pick you up and take back to your resort.3 hours
Activities
Caving
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
We pick you up from your Hotel or Resort by taxi cab.
We use San Pedro Belize Express to boat over to Belize City, Or Tropic Air to fly over.
We use clean, Air Conditioned SUVs, Mini Vans, or Coach Buses.
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Duration
DailyFull Day
Provider
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Account Type:
Travel Agent
Gold Certified:
No
Service Types:
Tours | Activities, Shuttles, Accommodation, Vacation Packages, Rentals/Charters
Know Before You Go
Podcast
Virtual Audio Experience
Elias Cambranes, expert ATM cave guide from K'atun Ahau Tours, takes us on the first of its kind virtual audio experience of the ATM cave.
Blog
Everything you need to know before visiting the most sacred cave in the world. ATM Cave - or Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave - is a possible contender for Belize's most stunning attraction. ... moreLocated close to the town of San Ignacio, the ATM Cave is the most popular cave tour in Belize.
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
  • Pay in Full upon Booking. This helps us reduce Cancellations and No Shows. 
  • Refundable (minus service fee) up to 24 hours before departure.
  • Flights, water taxi services, or taxi services for this tour are refundable up to 24 hours before departure.
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours of departure will not be refunded.
  • If the ATM Cave is closed due to weather or any other reasons, our Customer Service Team will notify you as soon as possible. Cave closures are usually announced at 6:00 AM each day by the Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize.
  • If we have to cancel the tour due to weather or any other reasons, then you will be refunded (minus the service fee and applicable transportation fees).
  • If you miss your flight, please email support@belizing.com as soon as possible. If there is availability and the tour company is able to wait, we may be able to schedule the next available flight or boat for you. Additional charges may apply.
 
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Once-in-a-lifetime Tour!
We booked our tour from San Pedro with the flight and paid more as we preferred a 15 minute flight to an hour and 45 minute boat ride. Our driver was waiting for us at the Belize City Municipal Airport and he immediately whisked us off to head inland for our tour. He was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information on our way to Teakettle where we picked up another couple for our tour. The ... more tour was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I'm not fit at all but our ATM Cave Tour guide was wonderful and patient and guided me as to where to step and where to place my hands and feet and the direction to put my body as we went along the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable too and ensured that all 6 of us on the tour were safe as we navigated through the cave. The lunch and rum punch were good after our tour. However, not enough attention was paid to get us back to Belize City for our 4:30 Air Tropic flight back to San Pedro. When we arrived at the airport, our flight had already taken off minutes before we arrived. Thankfully, Air Tropic was able to book us on the next flight. If Tropic Air had not been able to book us on a later flight, I'm afraid we would have had to figure out how to get to the water taxi, pay an additional fee for it, and spend an hour and 45 minutes on a boat ride instead of taking the 15 minute flight. I would suggest that Belizing book later flights for customers flying from San Pedro to ensure they have plenty of time to arrive at the airport before their flight.
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ATM, Must Do Tour
Found this tour last minute, and we were lucky enough they had space. First up, plane ride from San Pedro to Bze City. Omg got to be copilot on Tropic Air. Dream come true! Met by Jeremy for car ride into ATM. So sweet and a wealth of information. Next ATM guide, so patient with us 60+ first time rock climbers. So into his job pointing out all the artifacts and possible explanations. Also, so nimble ... more in the cave. Super friendly and easy to talk to. Great lunch and rum punch at end....much needed. Bonus was great travel mates...newlyweds and experienced climbers, both of whom were patient with us oldtimers. Sore in feet, shoulders and armpits today. We actually have muscles. Ride back to airport was perfect and Tropic Air put us on an earlier flight. We even got to stop at Cay Caulker...love to fly! Don't miss this valuable Belize experience!
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a Must do! best adventure
the ATM cave was amazing. a must do tour if youre in belize.swimming through the water in the cave seeing the amazing formations and ancient skeletons.the tour guide Raffy knew everything as he has a phd in archeology. one hiccup. we booked the tour months ago and everything was all set but when we got to the airport the flight wasn't paid for. so we tried contacting them seeing if they could fix ... more it. we weren't allowed to board because the flight wasn't paid for. so 2 mins before the flight after trying to contact them for a half hour someone got back to us, apologized and said the flight was paid for but it was too late.. they did reschedule us for the next day and gave us a free ride and pickup from the airport. other than that it was AMAZING
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ATM Cave
We had a fantastic experience. The guide was very knowledgeable. This was one of our favorite experiences!
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A Must Do - ATM Tour
Our ATM tour guide, Reynaud, has over 20 yrs of experience with this cave tour, and it was obvious. He was excellent. The hike was pleasant, river was freezing cold but just another part of the overall experience of this landscape. The cave system itself was incredible. We travelled from Galveston Texas- city dwellers. To walk in the Maya mountains and meander thru this cave where the Mayans once ... more walked and practiced rituals is priceless. To see the "crystal maiden" skeleton was priceless. This is a Must -Do for anyone travelling to Belize. The hike was not strenuous. The cave had some tight squeezes and there was climbing so you need to be a bit physically flexible. If needed, they will provide you with a life jacket because you will be in water at times during the cave tour. To me that just made the tour even better. The water is crystal clear and cold! You will do best with a pair of hiking shoes because some of the rocks are very slippery. You definitively need your socks because at one point you will be removing your shoes. Be sure to bring a towel to dry off and a new change of clothes.
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Best Adventure in Belize
This was far and away the best adventure we had while in Belize! I would recommend this company for any inland excursion in Belize.Customer service was excellent. They were thorough is putting everything together for our group from pickup at our hotel and everything in between to get us deep into the jungle for this tour. Our guide for the ATM Cave was amazing. He was one of the original guides doing ... more ATM way before anyone really knew about the cave. He was full of knowledge about the Belize jungle and Mayan culture. The ATM Cave is breathtaking and a once in a lifetime adventure you can't miss. Don't think about it anymore. Book it now here on Belizing and thank me later!
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