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Actun Tunichil Muknal “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher” or ATM Cave as it is locally known is located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest. A 45 minutes hike to the cave, You will cross the Roaring River on three occasions and the return hike on that...more
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This is a no-joke tour! You hike, swim across rivers and then have about an hour trek INTO the cave where you swim and climb through rock! It is a once in a lifetime experience like no other. Expect to see skeletal remains from mayan...More
Went on the ATM cave tour and had a great time with Luis from Kawiil tours - an extremely knowledgeable guide! He really knows every inch of the cave and is full of great stories. The cave tour in itself is a bit challenging -...More
Be prepared for a stenuous trek. Swimming,rock climbing, and transiting tight places, but it’s worth every minute. Wear water shoes or sneakers. Unlike anything I’ve ever done. Would highly recommend if you’re adventurous.
My wife and I had a fantastic time at the ATM cave with our extremely knowledgeable guide Louis. He is a legend and I would strongly recommend searching him out. We booked our tour through staff at the rainforest haven hotel. Below are a few...More
This was not our first experience of caving, but it was certainly the ,ost exciting. We were told we would be wet for 5 hours, would have to swim and wade across a river three times to reach the entrance and then swim into the...More
All I can say is if you have any reservations about doing this tour, dont freak out! My boyfriend and I are by no means "extreme" adventurous people. We aren't out of shape, but we are no where close to gym junkies either. I was...More
We had an amazing experience touring the ATM Cave with our friendly and able guide, Orlando, back in March 2018. We booked through the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, using the company Cayo Gial Tours. Our two daughters, ages 10 and 13, accompanied us through the...More
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The ATM cave, which translated from Mayan as an acronym means "Sepulcher of the Crystal Maiden." It is rated number one cave tour in the world by National Geographic. It is in the top 5 best adventure tours on Earth...More
Despite the cost of the tour - you have to go with licensed tour guides - it was the tour most worth it in Belize. It is a lot of walking, swimming but once you have finished you realize this was one of the more...More
What an awesome family experience! We went with Phillip and our excursion was organized through Chaa Creek. My 10 year old and 12 year old both did amazing and everyone thought it was a one of a kind experience. I was worried that it would...More
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Yes. At the ranger station and parking lot, there are changing rooms (on the side of the bathroom facilities building). Bring a plastics bag for your wet clothes, they will be very wet. Your guide should provide a towel... More
Yes. At the ranger station and parking lot, there are changing rooms (on the side of the bathroom facilities building). Bring a plastics bag for your wet clothes, they will be very wet. Your guide should provide a towel, but confirm with your guide.
As for valuables, you can either leave it in your tour guide’s van or for small items (wallets), you can give it to your guide to put into his dry bag (only guides are allowed to carry a bag inside the cave). No cameras or phones are allowed inside, so you’ll have to leave them in the car/van. They are very strict about the no phone/camera thing. If you’re concerned about your stuff, just bring some cash in a ziplock bag to put in your pocket to buy snacks and water. That’s all you’re going to need there. Hope this helps and have fun!
There isn’t any restrictions on height or weight. I think I read reviews before we went that kids could go on it. I wouldn’t say that it’s incredibly physically demanding but you should have a good pair of walking shoes with... More
There isn’t any restrictions on height or weight. I think I read reviews before we went that kids could go on it. I wouldn’t say that it’s incredibly physically demanding but you should have a good pair of walking shoes with good grip for walking over wet rocks. There were some tight spaces inside the cave that may be more difficult for a larger person. But the tour guides put 100’s of people through these caves a day in all shapes and sizes you shouldn’t run into any issues unless you have a fear of tight spaces. You basically play telephone all the way through the cave. The guide tells the first person in line where to step and how and then that person tells the next person in line and so on. If you have reservations you can likely ask the tour guy at the resort you stay in what he thinks.
I think because so many people travel this hiking path to the caves that it’s unlikely you would come across any dangerous animal. They don’t want to run into you either. Our whole 7 days in Belize we the only dangerous... More
I think because so many people travel this hiking path to the caves that it’s unlikely you would come across any dangerous animal. They don’t want to run into you either. Our whole 7 days in Belize we the only dangerous animal we say was a crocodile and that’s because we went looking for them in the monkey river tour. There are no crocodiles at the cave as it’s fresh clean water where they like murky water to live in. I saw a few bats on a cave tubing tour but they were tiny and didn’t come near you. When I thought of Belize I pictured massive bats lol. I would say the only thing you would be likely to see are iguanas which we didn’t run into there. The fish are tiny your not swimming through a river with anything scary no crocodiles, no massive bats, no water snakes (which I was nervous about), no huge scary fish. You should be just fine 😄