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

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

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Explore Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Caves and hike through the Tapir Nature Reserve on a guided trip that combines spelunking and exploring the jungle. While venturing into a cave on your own can be intimidating, traveling with a guide ensures the experience is safe, fun, and educational. Along the way, your guide points out Mayan artifacts and shares historic legends that you wouldn’t discover on your own.
  • Tour the caverns, waterways, and Mayan artifacts of the National Geographic-featured ATM Caves
  • Learn about the plants and wildlife of the Tapir Nature Reserve on a guided hike
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch between hiking and caving
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off make the excursion hassle free
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Stop At: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Tea Kettle Village Belize

Considered one of the best caves of Central America, Actun Tunichil Muknal has been feature by National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in San Ignacio for the drive to ATM — a place where only Mayan priests and shamans could venture 1,000 years ago. Travel for 45 minutes along the Western Highway of Belize to Teakettle Village. It’s another 30-minute drive on a bumpy road south of the village to the Tapir Nature Reserve—a subtropical rainforest that receives at least 8 feet (2.4 meters) of rain per year. Here, your experienced guide leads your group on an easy 45-minute hike to the cave. Walk along the bank of the Roaring River, which you’ll cross three times before arriving at the cave entrance, where a lovely pool awaits — especially refreshing on a sunny day. Depending on the time of arrival, you’ll eat lunch before or after your caving adventure. To prepare your group to enter the cave, your guide provides a historical overview and safety briefing. After you’ve been outfitted with equipment and taught a variety of spelunking techniques, the real fun begins! The water passage allows you to splash and play as you wade through the water, which may come up to your ankles, knees, waist and even neck — sometimes requiring you to swim. About five minutes into the cave, you’ll find your biggest challenge at the ‘breakdown’ — where slabs of rock form the passageway. Your guide will show your group how to go from one rock to the other and slide in between a couple of boulders. At one point, you’ll climb up to a ledge to enter one of the most attractive parts of the cave, where archeologists have recorded more than 1,000 pieces of pottery and 14 human sacrifices. To explore this chamber, you’ll be required to remove your shoes (socks or bare feet are an option) in order to protect the natural surroundings, including impressive formations like rock columns, stalactites, stalagmites, citrines and flowstones. While exploring this living museum, your guide will share fascinating details about ancient Mayan rituals and ceremonies that once took place deep under the earth. You’ll learn how the Mayan priests took human offerings into the caves, displayed pots in symbolic ways and communicated with their gods.

Stop At: Belize Family Adventure, San Ignacio Belize

After your spelunking adventure, your guide will transport you back to your hotel in San Ignacio.
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Important Information
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Use of all necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town
  • Entry/Admission - Actun Tunichil Muknal
  • 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 recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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mporter333 wrote a review 09 Dec
7 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved the ATM cave experience.It was challenging with all the slippery climbing ,swimming in the dark and tight spaces where one would fear they get stuck.There were spaces where only your neck can go, where your body is under water and one should go sideways in order to fit
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Date of experience: December 2019
Philip wrote a review Oct 2019
14 contributions
A very interesting and informative tour. Our guide was very well informed (I think his name was Fernando) it's worth noting that within minutes of starting this tour you will be wet upto your shoulders so bring adequate footwear- I wouldn't recommend flip flops due to lack of
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Adventurer Traveler wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions5 helpful votes
After reading reviews we decided to go on this adventure. We are so happy that we did! Our guide was very informative. You should be able to swim short distances and be comfortable wading in water sometimes to your waist for short periods. There is some exertion climbing and a
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Fabiana I wrote a review Oct 2019
1 contribution
Although it is definiterly not for those who are not moderately active, this was the highlight of our trip! Our guide was great and very informative, and we really felt like we were in Indiana Jones!
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Date of experience: September 2019
icecream_syd wrote a review Sep 2019
46 contributions20 helpful votes
Really enjoyed our tour. The guide was super friendly, informative and professional. Made sure we were all safe and gave us lots of info about Maya culture, the caves itself and everything San Ignacio. Lunch was also delicious! We'd definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Key Details
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize Family Adventure
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
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