2 March 2014 Sunday: ATM tour pick up at 0800 from San Ignacio Hotel. Guide, Ian was only OK. From the reviews we were expecting more. We had one other person on the tour with us. Ian led the way thru the cave and gave some speculation Mayan stories. The bad side – he seemed in a rush, racing over bad roads and on the hike to the cave entrance, he was always 50 – 100 feet ahead of us. Rather than us speeding up to him, we kept at a comfortable pace. Also, at the start of the hike Ian said “ here, you can carry the backpack with the helmets, and told my wife to carry the life preserver”. He could have stated it more politely. We ate lunch in the parking lot vs at the cave entrance pool as was briefed by Onil. We passed one group on the road, one group at the cave entrance and one group inside the cave. We worried a little about bugs but there were no bugs and no mosquitoes. We met Dr. Awe (main archeologist in Belize) and a film crew at the cave entrance. We didn’t need the life preserver – we could easily have floated over the 1st 20 feet without it. Instead my wife ended up wearing the life preserver the entire time. Water depth thru the cave varied from 5” to 5 ‘. Rocks were slippery at times. Spaces were tight at times. I squeezed thru a passage with 4” to spare at my stomach and another space my neck touched on 2 sides as we slid thru sideways. We passed a woman who hurt her ankle and was sitting alone in the dark. Her group left her there and continued on and said they would get her on their way back. Orange tape marked the off limits areas that held artifacts such as bowls and bones. In the deepest part of the cave we took our sneakers off and proceeded in our socks – for preservation reasons. We climbed up to a ledge via a rock and a ladder to visit the cave’s full skeleton, the Crystal Princess. On the return trip we met Dr. Awe again, and asked him what it was like the 1st time he entered the cave. He told us it was like the 1st time a kid walks into Toys R Us, or for a man – if it was possible, it was like having multiple orgasms. After exiting the cave, instead of having lunch at the cave entrance pool, Ian had us hike 30 minutes back to the parking lot for lunch. The vegi burrito was very good though. Trekking thru the cave was tough at times (we're in our 60's but fit) but we are definitely glad we did it.