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“Best tours are with the Caveman!”

Carlos the Caveman Tours - Day Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Did the ATM tour our first full day in San Ignacio and Tikal the day after that - both great, both highly recommended. Magdaleno was top-notch as he guided and instructed our small group of 5 along the ride to the site, as we walked the short trail to the cave and every step of the way throughout the ATM. Very smart, skilled & professional. This tour is not for the feeble or weak of heart, but definitely for those with an adventurous spirit. Jeremy brilliantly handled the driving and preparation of the lunch as well as providing local information along the route to and from the site. Great job! Jeremy picked us up and drove us to the border the next day. He coordinated everything excellently and enabled a seamless hand-off to Daniel, our Guatamalan driver. Traveled through the Guatamalan countryside, picked up our guide, Mr. Luis then continued on to Tikal. The entire tour can be summed up with... "Mind blown!" Educational, informative, historical, metaphysical, cosmic...wow! Thank you all so much! Highly recommend!

Thank mustangO4
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

Everyone said this was a can't miss attraction in Belize and they were not wrong! We had Jeremy as our driver and Magdaleno as our guide inside the cave and from start to finish, it was a fantastic experience. Several groups that started after us, also went back out and finished well before us. The passion and knowledge Magdaleno has is fantastic. We recommended this tour group to several people we met on the islands later in the week, and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to the San Ignacio area.

Thank Allison O
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

My family and I (5 total) did the ATM cave tour with Eric and Jeremy. We had another couple(2) which allowed our group and our guided experience to be very personal. Eric was our guide through the magnificent caves and Jeremy was our 2nd driver and prepared our delicious lunch for us. Eric was an excellent guide and was energetic and charismatic. He was very knowledgeable of the caves, the culture, and the greenery around the area. You could see how much he enjoyed his job through his energy and his evidence of wanting to share unique experiences with others. My family and I felt incredibly safe with him. The tour itself is a once in a lifetime experience. Hiking through rivers, climbing rocks, and seeing ancient artifacts and skeletal remains.... All within touching distance! I am not sure how much longer this tour will be offered! It was an incredible experience and a must do if you have a day in San Ignacio. Eric and Jeremy did a great job driving us safely, feeding us well, and ensuring we got through the cave in one piece. Eric also did a couple of very neat surprises that enhanced our whole experience!

Thank alex b
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

We loved the ATM with Francisco! The experience was intense, thought provoking, and spiritual. Our teens were engaged. Even though there were others in the cave, the coordination of the leaders made the experience relaxed and personal. Our heart goes out to Carlos and family. Blessings to your family.

Thank bruceandtc
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

First, my heart goes out to the Panti family. From what locals have told me, Carlos was special, helping to put ATM on the world map. However, his legacy lives on. His daughter, Gabriela, was very easy to book with, and Magdaleno (a Carlos trained guide), educated us on everything Belize. What makes Carlos the Caveman different? 1. They are the last group to enter the cave (so we had it pretty much to ourselves); 2. Small group (no more than 8 people vs. busload tours from hotels/cruises) 3. Cultural education (Mennonites, Mayan, British history, authentic lunch etc); The little things - medicinal plants, what termites taste like (crunchy carrots w touch of mint), turning off headlamps in cave to experience pitch black; 4. Using stories to take us back in time to understand why the Mayans were in the cave over 1000 years ago.

Go now because tourists are slowly destroying this pristine, and relatively new archaeological site. Cameras are no longer allowed because people have dropped them on artifacts in the pursuit for the perfect selfie.

The ATM tour requires you to be somewhat fit and able to squeeze through a couple tight paths, but it was no problem for myself or my two sons (who said repeatedly this was one of the best things they've ever done). Not all tours guides are the same, and I'm pleased to let the Trip Advisor community know that the legacy of Carlos the Caveman lives on.

Thank jar399
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