ATM Cave was first explored in 1989 and National Geographic produced a documentary about ATM Cave in 1992 called Journey Through the Underworld.
Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most impressive Maya ceremonial caves containing bloodletting altars used in sacrifices and over 1400 artifacts as well as human skeletal remains.
The ATM Cave is a wet cave, where you swim into the entrance and then trek through ankle to chest high water before climbing to a dry chamber which leads to the cathedral or main hall. This towering chamber is 350 metres in length and 50 metres wide and filled with artifacts and the skeletal remains of 14 bodies, about half of them children. All of the skeletal remains are male except one completely intact female skeleton covered in sparkling mineral deposits, the Crystal Maiden. Other artifacts include large pots and jars, flute-like instruments and ground stones used for grinding corn and grains, suggesting agricultural rituals.
ATM Cave is considered the best Belize cave to explore. It is an extraordinary and rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were thousands of years ago, virtually untouched.
Your Tour Itinerary
Pick up from your resort or hotel on Ambergris Caye as early as 6am.
Take a boat or flightto Belize City.
Board our air condition van and drive an hour to Teakettle village.
Change vans and drive into the jungle to the cave site.
Gear up for a trek through the jungle to the entrance of the ATM cave.
You will grab a bite to eat at the entrance of the cave before you go inside.
Take a short swim while entering inside the cave. You will get a guided tour inside learning all about cave geology and the Maya who used them.
To Exit, you will back track to the van at Teakettle village.
Drive back to Belize City to take your boat or flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Pick up in San Pedro and drop off at your resort.
Reserve early! Spaces fill fast and only a few people can visit the ATM Cave in a day.