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Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

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    What to Expect
    This full-day adventure begins with a pickup at your San Ignacio hotel. From there, drive 45 minutes to a turnoff at Teakettle Village, then another 30 minutes along a dirt road to reach the Tapir Nature Reserve. 

    During a flat, 45-minute hike through the tropical reserve, you'll encounter many native plant species and wade across the Roaring River three different times. At the entrance to the cave, you'll receive a safety briefing, and gear up with hardhats and headlamps. Enjoy a picnic lunch here either before or after exploring the cave, depending on what time your tour arrives.

    Your caving adventure will begin with a quick, refreshing swim across a pool of water at the hourglass-shaped cave entrance. Just a few minutes into the darkened depths, you’ll approach “the Breakdown” — the most challenging part of the adventure — where you will wade, swim, and scramble through rocky passages and squeeze through some tight crevices. Your guide will instruct the group how to safely navigate challenging areas. 

    While passing through various chambers, stop to admire massive stalactite and stalagmite formations created by thousands of years of water passing through the cave. Light from your headlamp will illuminate shimmering columns and dripping formations that resemble waterfalls and chandeliers. 

    To reach the cave’s highlight, climb up a stone platform to an expansive chamber where archaeologists discovered a treasure trove of ceremonial Mayan pottery and the remains of more than a dozen victims of human sacrifice. Most of these artifacts remain exactly where they were discovered, allowing you to get an amazingly up-close view. 

    For the grand finale, climb a ladder into the uppermost chamber of the cavern, where you can marvel at the famous Crystal Maiden — a complete human skeleton covered in a crystalline substance caused by natural calcification. 

    After spelunking your way back out of the cave, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and the cool water of the Roaring River, then prepare for the return hike and drive back to San Ignacio.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide complimentary pick up for hotels within San Ignacio Town, hotels outside of town, a small surcharge applies
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Use of all necessary equipment
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town
    • Entry/Admission - Actun Tunichil Muknal
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off outside of San Ignacio Town
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum height requirement is 40 inches
    • It is recommended that you wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing that can get wet, a change of clothes and bug spray.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off is for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels outside of San Ignacio, a surcharge applies.
    • Pair of socks is required as portions of the cave shoes are removed.
    • No cameras allowed
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed July 28, 2019

    This isn’t the tour to pick! I searched for a few days, and came up with this tour because of the other reviews. Our tour guide was knowledgeable! You have to have be comfortable with some level of exertion, like the description states. It is...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank ericaramos
    Edward A, Manager at Belize Family Adventure, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2019

    Wonderful to hear this tour made your trip - we strive to always make this tour as fun and enjoyable at the same time taking into account the safety and overall comfort of our group. Glad to have been part of this memorable adventure. best...More

    Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

    Going to ATM with Belize Family Adventures is an amazing experience. As someone who has not done any caving or a lot of climbing, I was apprehensive but found the experience exhilarating. I have given this experience 4/5 as it depends on the guide. While...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank r r
    Reviewed June 15, 2019

    If you are in San Ignacio, this should be at the top of your list if you are looking for adventure, beauty, and historical/culture learning. Our guide, Fernando, was awesome. He was enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable. The experience in the cave from the swimming, climbing,...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank baberger
    Reviewed May 7, 2019

    With lots of twists and turns and surprises along the way, this experience will keep you challenged while offering a great caving experience. Includes swim across a river to the trail, hiking, wading/swimming through the river running through the cave, mild rock climbing, working your...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank kimberlycT4096MU
    Reviewed May 5, 2019

    We booked our tour through Viator.com prior to arriving in San Ignacio but booking upon arrival would have been just as easy. We liked that the online booking allowed for email chat feature to coordinate our pick up. The tour operators picked us up perfectly...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank AshleyM4930
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    July 13, 2019|
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    Response from solsenz | Reviewed this property |
    No but physical fitness might come into play as climbing swimming, hiking are involved.
    Sonal P
    May 8, 2019|
    Response from solsenz | Reviewed this property |
    swimming is required but not for long distances and there is cave walls to hold to if you want. I'm short so I had to swim more than others:) You could also ask the guide but it's doable. good luck:
    February 16, 2019|
    Response from tgd016 | Reviewed this property |
    There are different providers, which you can probably book online. There is also a touring booking agency with a store front in San Ignacio, or through your resort. We booked through the resort because it was easy.
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