ATM CAVE EXPLORING
Actun Tunichil Muknal
Travel to one the most popular Mayan ceremonial caves in the Maya world. Discovered in 1986 in western Belize, mapped and studied by archaeologist from 1993. The cave has a full length of 5 km but the ceremonial area used by the Mayan priest & shamans is 1 km from the entrance. Fourteen human remains have been found inside and 1100 ceramic objects. All bones and most ceramics have been completely covered by calcite from the drip water which has left them with a sparkling appearance especially the full extended skeleton called the ‘Crystal Maiden’.
Drive 1 hour from San Ignacio then hike is 35 minutes, that include three creek crossings and then the entrance to Achtun Tunichil Muknal. There is a little bit of swimming required to access the entrance of the cave. Once inside, you will be asked to remove your shoes and walk in socks to reduce any damage.
To see the Crystal Maiden you need to ascend a 13 ft ladder to reach the area known as the sepulcher. Time spent inside the cave is 2 ½ to 3 hrs. Get a in-depth look at Belize’s Mayan culture.
The ATM Tour is for the adventurous. The hiking, climbing and swimming can be challenging. Remember though, nothing incredible is ever easy and this trip is incredible! This is one of the best caves in Belize to explore, don't miss this tour.