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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
    Duration
    9h
    Inclusions
    • 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
    Exclusions
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had such a great adventure! They made sure we were there first to beat the crowds and our guide Eric had been leading tours for approx 20 years so he was very knowledgeable. No cameras allowed because of prior tourists damaging the artifacts, but I couldn't believe how close
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    This was honestly, hands down, one of the best experiences of my life. The ATM cave were INCREDIBLE. If you're considering whether or not to go, unless you have an injury, I highly highly recommend you go. It's not strenuous but it's definitely adventurous. There are plenty of
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    I toured the ATM cave with Maya Walk and Juan Carlos was our guide. ATM was amazing and our guide was absolutely fantastic. There are ways to make the cave tour a little more adventurous which Juan Carlos did perfectly. However, I’m not going to say how and spoil the fun for
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    Through a running river climbing, squeezing and swimming. Through many natural wonders of an incredible cave system eventually arriving in the Sacred ceremonial space of the Mayans. Eric did a great job keeping us safe and informed. Highly recommended.
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    I’ve done a ton of traveling but never had an excursion like this. Even living on a budget this was well worth the expense. To quote my partner “it’s like a living museum”. Our guide was great and super helpful for the few moments I had some anxiety in the dark and in the water.
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