ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, Cayo

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Embark on an adventurous hike through ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, a cave brimming with Mayan history. Be aware that traversing the cave requires a decent level of fitness, as you'll find yourself climbing, squeezing through tight spaces, and in rare cases swimming to explore the sites. The cave system spreads through about 4.8 km (3 mi) with a river flowing through it for approximately 3.2 km (2 mi). Be on the lookout for large spiders, freshwater crabs, and lots of bats. The highlight for most visitors is the undisturbed skeletal remains and pottery of Mayan origin, such as the "crystal maiden," whose calcified bones give off a crystalized, sparkly appearance. Arrange to visit ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and other attractions in San Antonio using our San Antonio trip maker site .
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  • I was happy to have a hard hat as I bonked my head at least 4 times. I was also happy I had on waterproof capri pants as there were a lot of rocks and having something longer than shorts prevented...  more »
  • This cave requires you to hike 45 minutes, cross a river three times, the first time in neck deep water. Then you have to swim into the cave with helmet and headlamp and wade upstream with some tight....  more »
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal. The famous ATM Cave tour. This was probably the craziest most haunting thing I’ve ever done. National Geographic proclaimed the ATM Cave the number one sacred cave in the world and many people have traveled to Belize just for this “tour.” It was by far the highlight of our trip, and not for the faint of heart. Expect to be spelunking half-a-mile through a cave, and in and out of tight spaces in the dark for at least a few hours. There are also some sections that you will have to climb a bit to make it to the "cathedral" chamber. Make sure you go with a reputable company, because we witnessed a few other guides in passing that were not near as helpful as ours. Our guide has been leading expeditions into this cave for over 20 years and he was super helpful and told us exactly where to put our hands and feet. Find someone like that for this enter at your own risk tour. It’s definitely a safety first scenario. You’ll want to sign up for the ATM Cave Tour as early as possible so you don’t miss out, and you’ll also want a pair of water shoes. I bought some for $12 US or so in town the day before.
  • A must see if you’re in Belize. The cave was a Mayan site that was believed to be the underworld and if you go you will see why. Everything about the cave is amazing. Starting with getting into the cave is a little swim. Expect to be in water for at least half of the trip. There is some climbing involved and getting through tight spaces. Lots of Mayan pottery in the cave and multiple burials. Some skulls and even remains from a baby are visible. The crystal maiden is the main sacrificial individual who’s skeleton has been very well preserved in the rear of the cave. Definitely check it out and I would go back again. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable but not all guides are the same.
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