Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) From Placencia

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) From Placencia

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  • Max People : 15
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Actun Tunichil Muknal - ATM Cave

It is a life-changing experience to explore the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (Atm ) sacred cave, dubbed by National Geographic as the top ancient Maya cave in the world.

Your journey starts with an air-conditioned drive to the ranger outpost in the Cayo District ( Tapir Mountain nature reserve). Here, our tour guides (Licensed guides by the Belize Tourism Board) will provide you with a helmet, headlamp, and life jacket if needed. After gearing up, you will hike, wade and swim through the beautiful trails and rivers of the Maya Underworld cave.

The trail includes three river crossings and a 45-minute hike to the cave, which will bring you to an hourglass entrance. From here, the cave system spans approximately 3 miles with stalactites, stalagmites, jarring boulders, and freshwater streams from ankle to waist-deep.

After an hour of spelunking, you’ll arrive at the ceremonial area and take a barefoot walk through a large football field cavern. The cavern hosts untainted Mayan history and artifacts dating back to 1-1000 AD, such as pottery (intact to completely shattered) tools, ceremonial items, and even the skeletal remains of 14 bodies with human sacrifices (ranging from finger bones to skulls and other remains).

The tour concludes at the main chamber where the calcified “Crystal Maiden” lies. They are to be the skeleton of a young woman sacrificed in a bloodletting ceremony to the Gods.

Note: This trail entails a lot of hiking, swimming, and climbing. Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes, or bring a pair of closed-toe water shoes. Sneakers can get heavy during the hike after getting wet. For the parts of the tour where you are barefoot, I think you should have some socks with you. I mentioned it above.

All personal items must be left in the tour van at the parking (i.e., extra clothes, small towels, money, and cameras. Cameras and cell phones are prohibited.

Items you can have:

  • A small bottle of water or Gatorade
  • A light snack (such as a granola bar) to grub on before entering the cave.

Note: You don’t have to be extremely fit, but you should be able to hike, swim and climb quickly. Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes, or bring a pair of closed-toe water shoes

Price Includes
All activities
Bottled water
Professional guide
Driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Lunch
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Confirmation will be received at the time of booking Not wheelchair accessible Not recommended for travelers with back problems The minimum age is 8 years A minimum of 2 people per booking is required Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level It has a maximum of 20 travelers, and is equipped with trips - face masks are required in public areas and the staff is also using them. Hand sanitizer is also available for travelers and guides. Social distancing enforced throughout the experience Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas you should sanitize the gear or equipment between use. Transportation vehicles regularly sanitizedGuides required to regularly wash hands

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toe shoes as though you are going on a hike. Socks are also a must. These are essential for the preservation of the cave. For the remainder of the trip, you will remove your shoes after climbing up the elevator). During your visit, you will most likely get wet (soaked). Therefore, you should bring a small backpack with extra clothes. In addition to sunblock, bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during the trip. Make sure it's tightly sealed. Pack a light snack for the hike. There is a 45-minute hike from the parking lot. Don't let your snack get wet in the river by putting it in a ziplock bag. Please note that cameras are not permitted inside the cave or on the trails. The prohibition of cameras prevents damage to remaining skeletons and artifacts and preserves ATM for future generations.

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