Ambergris Caye Tours: ATM Cave Tour (Actun Tunichil Muknal)

Recommended
Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Gold Standard
Yes
Departs From
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Intensity Level
Moderate
Attraction(s)
ATM Cave
$
250
-
$
280
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Belizing Experiences A
Response rate: 
78%
Response time:
2 hours
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Location Details
Departure:
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
About Listing
Features:
ATM Cave, Ancient Artifacts, Archaeological Reserve
Highlights
  • Most Sacred Cave in the World
  • Top Inland Attraction from San Pedro
Description
Take a Day Trip from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and experience the best Cave Tour in Belize. The ATM Cave has been declared as the world's most sacred cave by National Geographic. Journey back in time exploring this sacred cave, previously untouched for thousands of years. Groups are limited to 8, and there is a daily cap of 125 visitors per day. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Maya who once used these caves to perform offerings to their Gods. 

This is an all-inclusive experience, including door-to-door transportation from your hotel or rental in San Pedro. Choose your option for flight or water taxi transfer to Belize City. We will take care of all the transportation logistics. Your tour will be with a certified gold standard tour operator, with an ATM licensed guide. This booking includes all transportation, entrance fees, equipment, 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 that leads to the cathedral or main hall. This towering chamber is 350 meters in length and 50 meters wide and 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 declared as 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.
 
Belize Gold Standard Certification Seal - Belizing.com

What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Pick up from your Hotel or Resort
  • Boat or Flight Transfers 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
$
250
By Boat
Person
$
280
By Plane
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
PersonLocal Taxi in San Pedro (in Town)
$
15
Roundtrip service from your hotel. Includes most areas in town and south of town. Includes, Alaia, Mahogany Bay, and Victoria House.
PersonLocal Taxi in San Pero (Out of Town)
$
20
Roundtrip service from your out of hotel. Includes anything north of the bridge such as Grand Caribe, Coco Beach, Portofino, Captain Morgans, and others.
PersonFly Direct to San Ignacio
$
150
Available only on Friday and Saturday. Fly Direct to San Ignacio. Departs San Pedro at 8am and returns by 4:45pm. Saves about 4 hours of driving time.
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 ID and Booking Confirmation email2 hours.
7am - Departure by FlightBring your ID for flight Check in30 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
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.
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Added Date:
Sunday, 24 May, 2020
Author Name:
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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. If we have to cancel the tour due to weather or any other reasons, then you will get a Full Refund.
 
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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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