Take a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre.”
It will be one of the most enlightening, epic, and unique experiences of your life!
Recently deemed the #1 Sacred Cave destination in the world by National Geographic, the ATM cave is not only beautiful geologically with its crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but also historically. It is a natural museum of ancient Maya artefacts, as well as a sacred burial place.
This is the final resting place of the “Crystal Maiden”, an ancient Maya ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women, and children.
MayaWalk guides have led government officials, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The British High Commission, and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave.
We spend approximately 3 hours in the cave at the guidance of our experienced guides.
Leave your cameras behind and experience the power of ancient spirits with your mind, body, and soul. This is not only a physical adventure but a journey into the spiritual realm.
After our experience, we enter back into the jungle world and hike to our vehicles where we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch with water and soft drinks before driving back to San Ignacio.
Timeframe: 8 am to 4:30 pm.
DepartureSan Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
Getting thereThe cave is a 45-minute drive from our office in San Ignacio in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. We part at the Ranger post and from that point on we are on foot, hiking through the jungle for approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the cave.
To access the cave, we swim across a small spring-fed pool and wade into the dark underworld of the cave that allows us to access the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics, the famed crystalized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”.
Difficulty levelModerate (involved some easy swimming, and life jackets are provided for non-swimmers, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guide)
What to bringHiking sandals or trainers, socks (for preservation reasons), extra set of dry clothing, extra sandals or flip flops, small backpack, liter of water, bug spray, snacks, swimwear with shorts (Please note cameras are not allowed, and only the guide will carry a dry bag into the cave).
Age restriction: 8+
Mayawalk ToursMayaWalk Tours is an eco-friendly, family owned, local tour operator based in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize, Central America.
You will be in the best of hands with our professional and friendly guides.
MayaWalk Tours is a Belize tour specialist, focusing on cave and river adventures, including the world-famous ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal).
With over a dozen eco-tours to choose from, our guests will discover the beauty of Belize with horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife watching, cave tubing, spelunking, and much more right at our doorstep.
We are the oldest tour company in the bustling market town of San Ignacio and have been operating adventure tours since 1997. We offer the best adventures in the lush jungles, mysterious caves, and clear rivers and waterfalls of Cayo District. San Ignacio and surroundings offer a stunning and diverse environment, rich in both culture and nature. MayaWalk Tours is based at the heart of the Mundo Maya—the world of the Maya.
Our local guides are more than happy to share their knowledge about the archaeology, natural history and cultural history of the sites that you will visit.
Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely tour or a more rugged adventure, MayaWalk Tours can help you plan a special trip that you will remember for a lifetime!