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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All necessary equipment included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Explore the cave of the crystal sepulcher on a full-day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio, and discover a spiritual site that was sacred to the ancient Maya. Learn about the traditions and rites that took place in the cave system and visit the crystallized remains of an ancient ceremonial victim as you hike deep into the cave with a professional guide. Swim through a spring-fed pool, and follow tunnels, passageways and yawning chambers lined with stalactites, stalagmites, ancient ceramics and stoneware.
What to Expect
Taking a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” for one of the most enlightening, epic and unique experiences of your life.
Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the ATM Cave with your licensed guide. 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, as is a natural museum of ancient Maya artifacts, as well as a sacred burial place.
This is the final resting place of “Crystal Maiden,” an ancient Maya ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women and children. Your professional guides have led government officials, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The British High Commission and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave.
This sacrificial site is accessed by a 45 minute drive from our office in San Ignacio.
Here we enter the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and park our vehicles at the ranger post. From this 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 access the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics, the famed crystallized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”.
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.
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.
Time-frame: 7:20am to 4:30 pm.
Difficulty level: Moderate (involved some easy swimming and life jackets are provided for non-swimmers, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guide).
What to bring: Hiking 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, swim wear with shorts.
Please note: Cameras are not allowed and only the guide will carry a dry bag into the cave.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well organised tour and an awesome adventure. I felt very Indiana Jones alike when we climbed through this massive cave. Hugh knew everything about the history in and around this place. Highly recommended

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are glad we braved this unique and challenging ATM cave trip. The 45-minute path to the site included wading through streams with a rope to guide you, and swimming into the cave. Life jackets are offered, and everyone wears a helmet and lantern for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ATM tour was a cool adventure, also we had a very good guide Hugh from Mayawalk Tours. He tells the stories about the Mayas and the cave with enthousiasme and knows a lot. Very good tour!More

Date of experience: May 2019
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mayawalktours, Manager at MayaWalk Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review on our company. Hugh is a very enthusiastic guide and approaches each day with a refreshed and exciting outlook as if he just learnt something new and cannot wait to share it with the world. Glad you enjoyed your experience...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ATM is spectacular and Juan Carlos/Leo were knowledgeable, hilarious and friendly guides. 10/10!More

Date of experience: May 2019
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mayawalktours, Manager at MayaWalk Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Neil, Thank you for dropping this review on our page. Juan Carlos is comical, cheerful and very experienced. I am glad you were able to witness it and enjoy the quality of service he brings to the table. Leo is our newest member on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I did both ATM and Tikal tours with MayaWalk and could not have been happier with them. Great communication, well organized, excellent guides. Highly recommendedMore

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mayawalktours, Manager at MayaWalk Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for recommending us. We truly appreciate your comments and as a company that has been doing this for over 20 years, we have learnt to put our guests as top priority in regards to safety, customer service and comfort. Our goal is to...More

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Response from L J | Reviewed this property |
I am 70 , not a great swimmer, nor hiker, I did it. Check off my bucket list.
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