off site experiences

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is one of Belize’s most popular Mayan caves, rated #1 by National Geographic for Central America. This archaeological site contains skeletal remains, ceramics, and stoneware left behind by the ancient Maya during their ceremonies. The most famous artifact is the “Crystal Maiden,” the calcified skeletal remains of a teenage girl who might have been sacrificed. You will begin your trip with a one-hour drive through the Yalbac rainforest to meet an experienced guide at Spanish Look Out. Your guide will then take you on another one-hour drive to the ATM Cave Welcome Area.

From there, you will go on a 45-minute hike on a jungle trail to the entrance of the cave, wading across a river several times. The tour inside the cave alternates between swimming and hiking for 5 kilometres, giving you a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in a whole new way. Your three-hour exploration of this Mayan site will conclude with a picnic lunch outside of the cave.

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Tour Details

Tour Duration: 6:00am – 5:00pm
Included: Transportation, entrance fee, tour guide, equipment, lunch, and water.
Not Included: Souvenir shopping
Level of Difficulty: Difficult – involves hiking, swimming, steps, and steep climbing
Location: Cayo District
Travel time: A 2.5-hour scenic trip.
Remember to bring: Closed toe water shoes, socks, extra dry clothing, and shoes; cameras are prohibited.
Minimum Participants: Two (2) persons.
Price: USD 175 plus 12.5% GST per person