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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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    What to Expect
    Taking a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” for one of the most enlightening, epic and unique experiences of your life.

    Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the ATM Cave with your licensed guide. Recently deemed the #1 Sacred Cave destination in the world by National Geographic, the ATM cave is not only beautiful geologically with its crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but also historically, as is a natural museum of ancient Maya artifacts, as well as a sacred burial place.

    This is the final resting place of “Crystal Maiden,” an ancient Maya ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women and children. Your professional guides have led government officials, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The British High Commission and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave.

    This sacrificial site is accessed by a 45 minute drive from our office in San Ignacio.

    Here we enter the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and park our vehicles at the ranger post. From this point on we are on foot, hiking through the jungle for approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the cave. To access the cave we swim across a small spring- fed pool and wade into the dark underworld of the cave that allows us access the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics, the famed crystallized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”.

    We spend approximately 3 hours in the cave at the guidance of our experienced guides.

    Leave your cameras behind and experience the power of ancient spirits with your mind, body and soul. This is not only a physical adventure but a journey into the spiritual realm.

    We enter back into the jungle world and hike to our vehicles where we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch with water and soft drinks before driving back to San Ignacio.

    Time-frame: 7:20am to 4:30 pm.

    Difficulty level: Moderate (involved some easy swimming and life jackets are provided for non-swimmers, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guide).

    What to bring: Hiking sandals or trainers, socks (for preservation reasons), extra set of dry clothing, extra sandals or flip flops, small backpack, liter of water, bug spray, snacks, swim wear with shorts.

    Please note: Cameras are not allowed and only the guide will carry a dry bag into the cave.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mayawalk Tours, 19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    • Explore the cave with an expert, specially licensed guide
    • Includes transportation to and from our office in San Ignacio
    • All necessary equipment
    • Lunch with a drink
    • Rum punch
    • 3-hour walking tour of of cave system
    • Entry/Admission - Actun Tunichil Muknal
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off only if requested
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Cancellations only due to severe rain or flooding
    • Guests must wear appropriate shoes for walking through jungle and water
    • Guests must bring a pair of socks for the dry chamber in the cave
    • Minimum height requirement is 40inches
    • Vegetarian meal option available upon request
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    What an outstanding tour! One of the highlights of our trip! Definitely a challenging cave tour involving swimming, squeezing through tight spaces and precarious climbing. Although we definitely found that to be part of the fun! Our guide, Juan Carlos, was fantastic, knowledgeable and funny!...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Erinmarie73
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This was, by far, one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, and I can’t imagine a better option to go with than MayaWalk Tours. I was traveling alone, and extremely nervous, but our guide, Eric, quickly made me feel at ease. He explained...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Ana G
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The tour was very well organized. Eric, our tour guide was very knowledgeable (he has 20 years of doing these tours). You will never see anything like it! The cave is one of a kind, a must see!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank L W
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Maya Walks The ATM caves are a once in a lifetime opportunity to see ancient Mayan artifacts in their original setting. The caving itself was fun and very doable physically. Our guide Juan-Carlos knew huge amounts about the Mayan civilisations and was very keen to...More

    Thank 8181alexm
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Unreal experience. Everyone was very professional. We had Eric as our guide, very educated in Mayan history. Learned a lot and had an amazing experience. One of my favorite tours from my many travels. Highly recommend. I'm amazed tourists are allowed in the caves.

    Thank mattmV9542SX
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