ATM Cave Belize – Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour
Take a walk off the beaten path
Choose to take the Plane or Boat from Ambergris Caye to Belize City
starting at $265US pp
What is included
hotel pick ups, round trip boat or flight, transportation, breakfast, lunch, tour guides, equipment, park fees, water.
Departure Location: Most resorts on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Departure Time: 7am from Hotel or Resort
Tour Duration: 7am-6pm
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age: 8 yrs old
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 Belize 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.
Reserve early! Spaces fill fast and only a few people can visit the ATM Cave in a day.
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