We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
  • Electronic Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Actun Tunichil Muknal
MayaWalk Tours
Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
Filter reviews
44 results
Traveller rating
42
1
1
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
42
1
1
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsjuan carlosrum punchatm tourmayawalk toursan amazing experiencethe rivercokeartifactsofficeoperatorculturecaveadventuresitebelize
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 44 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great Cave Trip

Trip was well run and organised with multiple safety briefings and checks. Although there was a lot of people in the group we were split into groups of 8 each with a guide. It was quite busy even though it’s quiet season so if you...More

Thank Nikki W
Reviewed 1 week ago
ATM with JC gets A+

We wanted to be the first to arrive at ATM so we did an exclusive tour and left a bit earlier than the buses typically do. Note: if you're looking for a more meaningful experience, we highly recommend going this route! Our guide JC made...More

1  Thank ichthyophile
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great Tour To ATM

We loved our tour with Maya Walks for the ATM (so much so we also booked another tour with them!). The bus ride, although bumpy at times was very comfortable. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We had Juan Carlos for our tour and he...More

1  Thank jsimrees
Reviewed 1 week ago
Loved it! It's a must if you are visiting Belize!

Visiting ATM was an absolute highlight of my trip to Belize, and MayaWalk Tours was the most professional tour company I experienced during my time in San Ignacio. By leaving early in the morning we beat the crowds and had the cave to ourselves. Our...More

1  Thank ForeignLandsAwait
Reviewed 1 week ago
The closest I'll ever come to being Indiana Jones!

This cave should not be missed! They will eventually close this to tourists. I'm sure many others have described it, so I won't go into all the details. We toured with MayaWalk Tours out of San Ignacio, and I would Whole Heartily recommend them. Hugh...More

1  Thank Andy U
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
David B
29 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Andy U | Reviewed this property |
It would be best to wear regular shoes on top, then keep the neoprene socks on at the point when everyone must remove their shoes. It was a relief to get our shoes back on. I think you will be happier with shoes for most of... More
0
Votes
Emmett L
12 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from mark_SydNSW | Reviewed this property |
The walk from the car park to the cave entrance is the easy part, about 45 minutes (3-4 KM) on a flat track. It includes 3 river crossings which have a guide rope or can be swum.
2
Votes
Travellers Also Viewed
Small-Group Mopan River Kayaking and...
2 Reviews
from USD 100.00*
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave from...
33 Reviews
from USD 110.00*
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve...
3 Reviews
from USD 95.00*
Xunantunich Mountain Bike Adventure
1 Review
from USD 80.00*
Frequently bought together
Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio
49 Reviews
from USD 150.00*
Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins...
11 Reviews
from USD 163.00*
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour
16 Reviews
from USD 100.00*
Horseback Riding Tour to Xunantunich
18 Reviews
from USD 70.00*