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Reviewed April 21, 2019

I felt I was in an Indiana Jones movie! This tour starts with a swim across a river (with your clothes and shoes on), then a hike through the jungle and then another swim to enter the cave, and this is by far the easiest part! After this you have all sort of obstacles to overtake, crawl through very narrow holes, climb huge rocks, getting in and out of water, to finally reach the big chambers where the mayas did their sacrifice rituals. There you find lots of artefacts and some skeletons laid out exactly how the were found. I cannot express how amazing it all felt. For me it was a truly superation challenge, as it not only a phisically but mainly a mental demanding experience. You need to stay calm, follow the guide and believe everything will come out all right! We were in very early, by 7am, so we did the whole tour just the 2 of us with our guide, and I must say that it makes a huge difference.Important to know: Think about the shoes you wear, they must be suitable for hiking and going into the water. Bring clothes that will not be too heavy when wet (no jeans). They do not allow cameras for security reasons. Everything must stay on your memory :-)

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

This was a real adventure! The hike to get to the cave required swimming across rivers while observing wildlife. The cave was only discovered in the 1980s and is full of artifacts and remains from Mayan sacrificial ceremonies. You wear a helmet with a light. You swim, climb, and stuff yourself through narrow crevices while being amazed at the cave itself, learning about Mayan history, and finally arriving at the sacred site. There is only a piece of tape to separate you from ancient artifacts. Unbelievable!

Having a knowledgeable guide is key. They all must be certified to guide this tour but I highly recommend Emil Gamez from birdtrekkingbelize.com. He has an impressive background and is enthusiastic to teach those he guides. I completely trusted him to take care of our group. He guided a child in our group through some of the more difficult parts. Truth be told, he helped me through areas I was nervous about too!

Not for the faint of heart! Must have an adventurous spirit and be ready for a workout. But so totally worth it!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed April 19, 2019

Our day started at 0545, where we met Billy at the Tuff Enuff dock. After a quick boat ride to San Pedro town, we were met by another Tuff Enuff rep who made sure we got a good breakfast and then off to Maya Air.Quick flight to the mainland, and yet another seamless transition to an air conditioned van with Freddy at the helm. He was a fast and efficient driver, even stopping for a bit of coconut water along the way. Another van switch, and our next driver got us over very bumpy terrain to the ATM park entrance. The walk to the cave entrance is about 30 minutes, walking briskly, but never out of breath. The terrain is flat, and we put any nessecities in a dry bag that our guide, Fernando carries on his back. Our tour guide, Fernando, was incredible. He gave us a thorough safety briefing outside the cave, and our group of five quickly became a team. We had to swim into the entrance of the cave, about 50 yards max, no current. Two non swimmers in our group did great as they floated/dog paddled/got dragged along for those few yards. Then you enter what is one of the most intense sights I've seen in a long time. It is so rare that an archaelogical area of such importance allows tourists to walk amongst its treasures. Fernando was super respectful of the space, giving it the honor it deserves as it was such a special place for the Mayans so long ago. I learned so much during this visit, and also had an amazing spelunking experience.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Veronica S
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Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

Cave exploring, viewing Mayan artifacts and learning about the history, swimming in rivers, clambering over rocks, looking at skeletons of Mayan sacrifices. This tour is incredible. Ask your guide to provide shoes as yours will get soaked. We are so glad as we only had our tennis shoes and these would have been ruined. No cameras but that just adds to the experience!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Amazing Tour! Felt like Indiana Jones;-) wet, hot, wet, a little bit cold, a little walk, a little climb, a little swim, a lot of interesting informations about the mayas and their traditions and a lot of amazing different cave structures! Go and enjoy!!!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kathrin S
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