Full Day Caving Experience at A.T.M with K’atun Ajaw.

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Aquatic, Cave Expedition, Inland
Departs From
San Ignacio Town
Note
Most Popular
Intensity Level
Difficult
Attraction(s)
ATM Cave
$
95
/ Person
Trusted Provider
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Elias C
Response rate: 
80%
Response time:
several hours
Location Information
Departure:
San Ignacio Town
About Listing
Features:
Ancient Artifacts
Archaeological Reserve
Cave System
Nature Trails
Subterranean Cave
Subterranean River
Description
Travel to one of the most popular Mayan ceremonial caves in the Maya world. Discovered in 1986 in western Belize, mapped and studied by an archaeologist from 1993. The cave has a full length of 5 km but the ceremonial area used by the Mayan priest & shamans is 1 km from the entrance. Fourteen human remains have been found inside and 1100 ceramic objects. All bones and most ceramics have been completely covered by calcite from the dripping water which has left them with a sparkling appearance especially the full extended skeleton called the ‘Crystal Maiden’. Drive 1 hour from San Ignacio then hike is 35 mins on a jungle trail. Swim once across a river then walk across shallows twice. Inside the dry zone where the artifacts and bones are located all persons need to remove all shoes and walk in socks to reduce damage. To see the Crystal Maiden you need to ascend a 13 ft ladder to reach the area known as the sepulcher. Time spent inside the cave is 2 ½ to 3 hrs. Get an in-depth look at Belize’s Mayan culture.
 
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.
  • Lunch
  • Equipment
  • Fees
  • Guide
  • Transportation
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Short or long pants
  • Protective shoes
  • Socks
  • Extra set of 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
$
95
Activities
Caving, Sightseeing, Swimming
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily7:30 AM7.5
Provider
Katun Ahau is owned and operated by Elias Cambranes. Elias is a San Ignacio Belize tour guide with over 25 years experience in giving archaeological tours to sites in Belize and to ... moreTikal in Guatemala.

Elias is the only tour guide in Belize who is also licensed in Guatemala. While other tour operators will turn you over to a Guatemalan guide at the border when leaving Belize, Elias will be your guide from start to finish. This not only provides you with an experts tour guide but also assures your safety and comfort for the whole trip.
Tagline:
Belize Culture Tours
Tour Operator License:
T0 092-085
Account Type:
Tour Guide and Operator
Languages:
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.
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Tikal national park is located in Guatemala, 75 miles west from San Ignacio or 2 hrs 30mins drive. Tikal is the most magnificent of all Mayan archaeological sites. Tikal has its beginnings ... morearound 600 BC and in the late classic period the architecture excelled all world capitals, the population was of 100,000. The site is dominated by 5 enormous steep side limestone temples that rise over 200 ft from the forest floor; only 2 are allowed for climbing. 3000 structures have been identified and 20% has been excavated. The park has an area of 222 sq miles and has had no human settlement for the past 1000 yrs. It is home to 300 species of birds, 5 species of felines, 3 species of primates, deer, anteaters, and snakes making it a true tropical rainforest experience.
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Our tour guide through katun ahau- Ben - was absolutely amazing. Ben was here on time and seemed excited to share about his country, the area, and of course - the cave and the rituals. Ben was open regarding all questions our crew had, even the critical ones. He was helpful and thanks to him we were almost the first group in the cave. He took his time explaining everything, has a wealth of knowledge ... more about geology as well as vegetation and wildlife. He spotted threats way before anyone else and took care of his group, making sure everyone has a great experience. Ben has experience as a cave rescuer and has come to this cave as a guide for 17 years. He has worked with the researchers here and shared a wealth of their knowledge. The truly most outstanding part about Ben was - he loves this place and it shows. he loves explaining and protecting it, making sure that his guests are careful and educated where others seemed careless (stepping on artifacts, bones, etc). Totally recommend this guy and will specifically ask for him when I book other tours in the area if at all possible.
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This is an awesome tour, a must do. There is a lot of climbing and descending though. Make sure you have the stamina. Our guide Ben Cruz was amazing and very knowledgeable.
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excellent experience with a knowledgable guide
Elias shared a wealth of knowledge of the Mayan history and religion and tied it in beautifully with our cave experience. At least two other guides passed our group as Elias helped me, and those I talked with after, understand the significance of the ATM cave to the Mayan. Well done Mr. C!
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