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Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

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    What to Expect
    This full-day adventure begins with a pickup at your San Ignacio hotel. From there, drive 45 minutes to a turnoff at Teakettle Village, then another 30 minutes along a dirt road to reach the Tapir Nature Reserve. 

    During a flat, 45-minute hike through the tropical reserve, you'll encounter many native plant species and wade across the Roaring River three different times. At the entrance to the cave, you'll receive a safety briefing, and gear up with hardhats and headlamps. Enjoy a picnic lunch here either before or after exploring the cave, depending on what time your tour arrives.

    Your caving adventure will begin with a quick, refreshing swim across a pool of water at the hourglass-shaped cave entrance. Just a few minutes into the darkened depths, you’ll approach “the Breakdown” — the most challenging part of the adventure — where you will wade, swim, and scramble through rocky passages and squeeze through some tight crevices. Your guide will instruct the group how to safely navigate challenging areas. 

    While passing through various chambers, stop to admire massive stalactite and stalagmite formations created by thousands of years of water passing through the cave. Light from your headlamp will illuminate shimmering columns and dripping formations that resemble waterfalls and chandeliers. 

    To reach the cave’s highlight, climb up a stone platform to an expansive chamber where archaeologists discovered a treasure trove of ceremonial Mayan pottery and the remains of more than a dozen victims of human sacrifice. Most of these artifacts remain exactly where they were discovered, allowing you to get an amazingly up-close view. 

    For the grand finale, climb a ladder into the uppermost chamber of the cavern, where you can marvel at the famous Crystal Maiden — a complete human skeleton covered in a crystalline substance caused by natural calcification. 

    After spelunking your way back out of the cave, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and the cool water of the Roaring River, then prepare for the return hike and drive back to San Ignacio.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide complimentary pick up for hotels within San Ignacio Town, hotels outside of town, a small surcharge applies
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Inclusions
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Use of all necessary equipment
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town
    • Entry/Admission - Actun Tunichil Muknal
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off outside of San Ignacio Town
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum height requirement is 40 inches
    • It is recommended that you wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing that can get wet, a change of clothes and bug spray.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off is for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels outside of San Ignacio, a surcharge applies.
    • Pair of socks is required as portions of the cave shoes are removed.
    • No cameras allowed
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This was a great visit! The combination of caves and the history is fantastic! The directions the tour guides give are accurate and help you prepare!
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    I have seen many countries and Unique places, but this is in my top ten of all time. A 40 minute hike through the jungle on a flat path, wading through 3 rivers will get you to the cave exit where you swim in. There were kids and people out of shape, and all made it out. It can
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    Well let’s start with they were 3.5 hours late. Trip advisor said email them which I did multiple times, still haven’t heard a response. Trip advisor said oh even though you paid us you have to call (in a foreign country) so couldn’t do that. Finally they showed up and we
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    Its a must do if you like to be thrilled and scared. Make sure you have closed toe shoes that can be used in water. Get ready for some serious boulder scrambling and swim in the dark! You will have a BLAST!!!
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    Well now 8:26 am and they were supposed to pick me up at 8:00 am. Now I am not sure if they are ever going to pick me up. I have emailed them and texted them but they never respond! Hopefully they will eventually show up but so far it’s been a nightmare!
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    Very beautiful historical Mayan area
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    Great experience!
    Me and a group of my friends (5 total) booked the excursion and enjoyed ourselves! Pick-up/drop off was smooth, we
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    Cindy M
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    This was a highlight of our holiday!
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    Great excursion- organization needs work
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    MarcVanBaar
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    Amazing combination of nature and culture
    I have seen many countries and Unique places, but this is in my top ten of all time. A 40 minute hike through the
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    Monaghanchase
    Glendale
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    Horrible
    Well let’s start with they were 3.5 hours late. Trip advisor said email them which I did multiple times, still
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    tinaxfile
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    10
    Super Adventurous Highly recommend
    Its a must do if you like to be thrilled and scared. Make sure you have closed toe shoes that can be used in
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    sparkydog2019
    Los Angeles, California
    20
    Horrible service
    Well now 8:26 am and they were supposed to pick me up at 8:00 am. Now I am not sure if they are ever going to
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    CieraDrake
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    Unforgettable Amazing Experiences!
    We had so many unforgettable experiences with Belize Family Adventures! We went on 3 tours with them, Crystal
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    Vivian D
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    Amazing Experience at Actun Tunichil Muknal
    This was an amazing experience, that was also very rigorous, but definitely worth the effort. Just travelling to
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