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Actun Tunichil Muknal

Address: Tea Kettle Village, Belize
Phone Number: 625-6976
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$109*
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98%
Ranked #1 of 35 Attractions in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This remote cave is filled with relics left over from the Mayans.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This remote cave is filled with relics left over from the Mayans.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Aurora, Illinois
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152 reviews 152 reviews
54 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

It sounds tougher than it really is so don't let the warnings scare you. If you are in decent shape you won't have any difficulties. The river crossings are not bad at all and the swimming into the cave is just a short distance and there is a way around the swim in if you are unsure of yourself. Probably... More 

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london
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

I am not sure how long the Belizeans will allow tourists to have such incredible access as you are stood so close to ancient artefacts. The guides taking you through the caves are knowledgable of caving and the history. It is a great blend of adventure and historical interest.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

ATM is a flooded cave system that you swim and wade through to reach a area where there are extensive Mayan artefacts including pots and skeletal remains of offerings. It is absolutely amazing to any Westerner that you are allowed almost unfettered access to this amazing archaeological site. In almost any other country it would be sanitised or closed to... More 

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Gunnison, Colorado
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163 reviews 163 reviews
45 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had an absolutely great time with Maximum Adventures for our ATM cave tour with Lewis. We had used Maximum a few years ago to go to Tikal and Cave Tubing and knew Max would take great care of us. We are in our early 50's and mid 60's and found the cave a wonderful adventure but not as challenging... More 

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is not for those who are claustrophobic, afraid of the dark, or are out of shape. You hike about a mile and a half to the entrance of the cave then swim and climb through some tight squeezes and climb some slippery rocks. You will need some good wet shoes that stay on your feet and you have to... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A hike, a swim, deep water wading, a few more swims, a lot more deep water wading, a couple of climbs.... and then you do it all over again in reverse. It's worth every ounce of energy that you expend! Unfortunately, no cameras allowed, not even a GoPro strapped to your chest (I asked).

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Lubbock, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Actun Tunichil Muknal, ATM for short, is in itself worth a trip to Belize. This largely undeveloped cave not only displays an beautiful array of stalactites and other similar features but also preserves artifacts and even human skeletal remains dating back to the Mayan civilization (600-900 CE). Penetrating this cave and walking amongst these relics is like stepping back over... More 

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Oostburg, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I must begin by giving major credit to Francisco from Pacz tours. He is the best tour guide I have ever had. To get to the cave, you must hike through the jungle and complete several river crossings. Once you're in the cave, be prepared to scale rock walls and squeeze through tight openings. You will do things you didn't... More 

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Garden City, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you are claustrophobic, then pass on this trip, if not it is exciting, informative and challenging. Ask for Brainard at True Vine Adventures, you will not be sorry.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Enjoyed a magical half day journey to the ancient ruins. Tour guides were spectacular. Pictures online do not do this place justice!

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