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San Ignacio

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
    • 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
    • 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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    Popular mentions
    The visit of ATM is definitely a bucket list activity! It is incredible to be able to walk so deep into a cave but also have so much history attached to it. I would 100% recommend the day trip. The MayaWalks tour was well organised, on time and even if we had a bus full of
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    First - MayaWalk is super professional. Our guide Hector was terrific, the whole organization is excellent. Couldn't recommend them, specifically, as a provider more. Second - The experience is breathtaking. I can only assume that everybody else has posted this. If you are
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    We had a once in a lifetime experience in the ATM caves! Our guide Eric was knowledgable, funny and made sure we not only had a great time but also kept us safe during the whole experience. Honestly words cannot express the amazing time and experience we had seeing this sacred
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    Well organised and fun trip! Hugh was a great guide and provided loads of information...we had a larger group be he seemed to be taking his time and telling us more! It’s a fun adventure through the cave to the main chamber...which was slightly underwhelming (my expectations may
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    This cave should be on everyone’s bucket list! Beautiful, interesting, amazing, historical, one of the bests of Mother Nature!
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    About the operator
    By: MayaWalk Tours
    1,337 reviews
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    Kensington, Maryland
    Best birthday ever
    Mayawalk Tours and our tour guide Eric made sure that I had a great birthday experience!! The tour itself was a
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    Chesterfield, Missouri
    Fun day
    This was my first tour in San Ignacio. Our tour guide, Francis, was great and even provided lunch with rum punch.
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    Chesterfield, Missouri
    Relaxing day in the jungle
    Tubing was a blast. It was great floating along the cave and into the jungle. It is a bit crowded with other
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    Chesterfield, Missouri
    Must Do in Belize
    Out of the 3 tours I did the ATM cave was my favorite. Even though it was physically intensive climbing over
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    Very informative tour guide. Knew all the history and thoroughly answered all questions. Lunch provided was
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    Richmond, United Kingdom
    Great ATM tour despite mild claustrophobia
    We had a great ATM tour with Mayawalk, would really recommend to anyone. The walk to the cave was easy with 3
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    New York City, New York
    A must do in San Ignacio
    If you visit San Ignacio, the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour is a must do and MayaWalk is the the is group to go
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    a bucket list activity
    This was an unforgettable experience! MayaWalk tours had a big part in that. While we saw other groups moving
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    ATM tour - MUST DO
    This trip was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The best thing we did in our 10 days in Belize. Eric was a fabulous tour guide!
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    Solid and professional
    We did both Caracol and ATM with Mayawalk. Amazing guides. Anselmo for Caracol and Jamjam for ATM. So smart,
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    Best guided experience
    Anselmo was the smartest, kindest, most gracious and informative guide we’ve ever had on any guided experience.
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    A must do for everyone!!!
    The ATM tour was the highlight of our trip!! MayaWalk tours arranged everything for us from the drive to the lunch
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    Christchurch, United Kingdom
    Best company to do ATM with
    I didn't realise it until I got there but these guys are one of the original and best organised groups running
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    Professional, Knowledgeable, and Safe!
    My boyfriend and I are in our 20’s and really wanted to do the ATM Cave Tour. It was about a 45 minute walk
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    Bountiful, Utah
    Awesome tour
    Fantastic tour! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very sweet. It was the highlight of our trip.
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