ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal) was a ceremonial place of the Mayan people living in Belize. The cave use during the Classic period around AD 250-909. The Mayan believed that gods, who provided rain and agricultural fertility, resided in this underworld. The ATM Cave also offers a prize historical perspective of the Mayans. In addition, you will see many of the artifacts are exactly as they were when the cave was first explored by archaeologists. Visitors also enjoy beautiful stalagmites, stalactites, and the flow stones, Mayan artifacts, human skeleton & skulls that have been there for over 1000 years.
ATM Cave Tour Detail
At the ATM Cave entrance there will be a short swim through crystal clear water, into passages filled with cave formations. Through the passages you learn about cave geology, as you encounter stalactites and stalagmites. You then follow the flow-stone that leads into a hidden dry chamber. Here you start the tour of the Maya rituals and ceremonies, explore the remnants left and evidence of their activities. Our headlights help reveal hundreds of ancient Maya artifacts that were used in various ceremonies. You reach a breath-taking scene at the end of the ATM Cave.
From here you make your way out of the main chamber and through the jungle tour vehicle back again to the town of San Ignacio.
ATM Cave Tour Itinerary
The ATM Tour starts at 7:30 A.M from San Ignacio Cayo Belize. A drive for 1 hour through a small village, hardwood farming and Citrus Orchards, There is a 45 min. hike through pristine jungles & River crossings. Finally, swim into the cave. We spend about 3-3 ½ hour into the cave, The ATM Cave tour gets back at 4:00 p.m
A review of our ATM Cave tour from Trip Advisor
We did two tours with these guys. The first one was the cave tubing. It was relaxing, the scenery was beautiful and the guides were very knowledgeable. However, the highlight was the ATM tour. If you can only afford one tour while in San Ignacio, then this is it.