Belize ATM Cave tour
ATM Cave photos
About Actun Tunichil Muknal - ATM Cave
ATM was a ceremonial place of the Mayan people living in Belize. The cave was used during the Classic period around AD 250-909. The Mayans believed that gods, who provided rain and agricultural fertility, resided in this underworld.
The cave also offers a prize historical perspective of the Mayans. Besides, you will see many of the artefacts are exactly as they were when the cave was first explored by archaeologists. Visitors also enjoy beautiful stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstones.
Tour starts at 8:00 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 hours in the cave, where we get in the Mayan artefacts, human skeletons & skulls that have been there for over 1000 years. Tour gets back at 4:00 p.m.
At the 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 artefacts that were used in various ceremonies.
You reach a breath-taking scene at the end of the 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.
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