ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal)
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The ATM Cave is “notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains in the main chamber. The best-known is “The Crystal Maiden”, the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance”. – Wikipedia
Actun Tunichil Muknal “Cave of the crystal sepulchre”
Our quest takes us into the past through pathways used by the Ancient Maya inside the ATM Cave. Here you’ll discover a lost world hidden deep within the jungle for centuries. Allow us to unveil the secrets of “Xibalba” the Mayan underworld to you.
Your Adventure begins at 8:00 AM with a 45 Minutes drive on paved road to a cut-off at Teakettle Village, then another 30 minutes drive on dirt road to the atm cave parking lot. We then venture into a 45 minutes jungle hike along the river bank, crossing the river 3 times – enjoy the scenery.
At the mouth of the atm cave, your guide briefs you on the cave’s historical facts, then we gear up with helmets and head lights. The hike inside the cave entails very short swims & mostly wading through the river. Admire the myriad cave formations until reaching the hidden dry chamber. Here your guide explains the Maya rituals while you awe at the magnificence of this ancient tomb.
You’ll climb a ladder into a smaller chamber to witness the intact, crytalized skeletal remains of “The Crystal Maiden”. After being saturated to capacity with astonishment, we make our way back out of the chambers & the cave. We head back to San Ignacio arriving around 3:30 – 4:00 PM.
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Duration: Approx. 7.5 – 8 Hours
Activity level: Challenging
What to Bring: Tennis or water shoes, lightweight pants, lightweight shirt, towel, change of clothes, insect repellent.
Restrictions: This tour is not for persons with disabilities, heart conditions, back or leg problems. All guests must be in good physical conditions & able to walk in a jungle. The ability to hike for 4+ hours, be comfortable with small spaces is important. Helmets & lights are provided. Non-swimmers are provide with life jackets. No cameras allowed inside the cave.
Need a shuttle to/from our Hotel?
Rate for 1-4 persons to/ from International or Municipal Airport, & water taxi terminal: US$105.00
For groups 5 to 16 persons please inquire
Ask about our rates to other destinations such as Placencia, Guatemalan Border and others.