Actun Tunichil Muknal
(Cave of the Stone Sepulcher)
atm cave Tour - belize
Belize offers a broad range of tours with a variety of difficulty levels. If you're up for swimming and climbing through close to 1000ft of cave, then Actun Tunichil Muknal is one tour that will make your trip to Belize outstanding.
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is the most popular tour in the San Ignacio area. The tour starts with a ride to the site in Teakettle, followed by a solid half hour hike through wild jungle and rivers. During the hike feel free to ask your knowledgeable tour guides any questions regarding the history of the sites or the flora and fauna. At the end of the hike, you will arrive at the entrance to the experience of a life time - The mouth of Actun Tunichil Muknal.
ATM was in use during the early classic period, which dates to around 300-600AD. The caving part of the tour, takes you through a subterranean river, over (and under) more than a few rocks and into the main chamber. Here you'll find the remnants of Mayan Rituals and Ceremonies arranged just as they were left thousands of years earlier by the Maya. The far end of the chamber holds the main attraction â€“ The Crystal Maiden, the skeleton of a teenage girl who was sacrificed and left in the cave. Over thousands of years her remains have been covered by a layer of diamond like limestone.
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This is a tour that you won't want to miss and won't be able to forget.