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Private Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio provided by Belize Family Adventure

Private Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio

Private Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio
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Experience more than a cave! Imagine a world alive and imbued with sacred power divided into three domains: the starry arch of heaven; the stony middle world of earth made to flower and bear fruits; and, the dark waters of the underworld below, Xibalba. A short swim through the crystal blue water will lead you into this amazing realm.  Then working your way through a breakdown leads you in to the main water passage, were you get to enjoy amazing geological formation like sparkling stalactites, stalagmites, and flow stones.  This hidden chamber promises to reveal ancient secrets and geological processes that have helped to shape the Mayan Underworld known as Xibalba.   We are referring back in time when our ancestors believed that only priests could have ventured in and communicate with their Gods or ancestors through ritual and ceremonies. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  •  To get there you need to take a 45 min drive from San Ignacio toward the east on the Western Highway to the village of teakettle then 30 min drive on a bumpy road south of the village to the Tapir Nature Reserve.  A 45 min hike leads us to the cave entrance.  The hike is not challenging, most of it is along the river bank and we get to cross the river three times before getting to the entrance.   At the entrance there is a nice refreshing pool, which is very compensating on a sunny day.  Also at the entrance is where the guide will go over history and safety and divide into groups of eight if you are doing a shared tour.   The guide prepares you with equipment and shares different techniques that are used to go into this cave.  Once all the instruction has been given we swim into this Mysterious place which the ancient Mayas considered to be the portal to the underworld known as Xibalba.  This was a place that only priest and shamans could venture into taking offerings to their gods.  The biggest challenge in this cave is a breakdown after five minutes into the cave is going from one rock to the other and sliding in between a couple of them.  The water passage fallows after the breakdown, the water passage consists of 3.3 miles but we don’t get to do all. The water passage is most fun, just playing in the water, as we go through the water it will sometime be to our ankles, knees, waste, neck and some time we have to swim.  At one point of the water passage we climb up a rock to a ledge, so that we can enter what archaeologist call the Mayan levels.  This is one of the most attractive parts of the cave very rich with culture and formations and over a 1000 pieces of pottery and 15 human sacrifices have been recorded.  To explore this chamber we have to remove our shoes, so it does not damage the formations that we get to walk on, socks or no socks is an option.  At this chamber is where we get to see the most impressive formations like rock columns, stalactites, stalagmites,  and flow stones.  This is also the place where the guides will go more in details talking about rituals and ceremonies; it is like a living museum.  Exploring the chamber will allow us to witness and try to understand what took place over a thousand years ago, when our ancestors believed in three domain layers.   The Ceiba also played a very important role. The Mayas believed it connected the three domain layers, branches to heaven, trunk to earth, and the roots to the underworld.  Within those levels and layers existed their deity, and they believed that their gods had dual faces, the same god could be good or bad it all depended on the offering it was given.  That is why the priests took offerings into caves in the form of food, blood, and human sacrifices to please them.  Mayan priests used hallucinogens to help them get into trans to communicate with their deity or ancestors, and displayed pots in a very symbolic ways after the rituals and ceremonies.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  •  To get there you need to take a 45 min drive from San Ignacio toward the east on the Western Highway to the village of teakettle then 30 min drive on a bumpy road south of the village to the Tapir Nature Reserve.  A 45 min hike leads us to the cave entrance.  The hike is not challenging, most of it is along the river bank and we get to cross the river three times before getting to the entrance.   At the entrance there is a nice refreshing pool, which is very compensating on a sunny day.  Also at the entrance is where the guide will go over history and safety and divide into groups of eight if you are doing a shared tour.   The guide prepares you with equipment and shares different techniques that are used to go into this cave.  Once all the instruction has been given we swim into this Mysterious place which the ancient Mayas considered to be the portal to the underworld known as Xibalba.  This was a place that only priest and shamans could venture into taking offerings to their gods.  The biggest challenge in this cave is a breakdown after five minutes into the cave is going from one rock to the other and sliding in between a couple of them.  The water passage fallows after the breakdown, the water passage consists of 3.3 miles but we don’t get to do all. The water passage is most fun, just playing in the water, as we go through the water it will sometime be to our ankles, knees, waste, neck and some time we have to swim.  At one point of the water passage we climb up a rock to a ledge, so that we can enter what archaeologist call the Mayan levels.  This is one of the most attractive parts of the cave very rich with culture and formations and over a 1000 pieces of pottery and 15 human sacrifices have been recorded.  To explore this chamber we have to remove our shoes, so it does not damage the formations that we get to walk on, socks or no socks is an option.  At this chamber is where we get to see the most impressive formations like rock columns, stalactites, stalagmites,  and flow stones.  This is also the place where the guides will go more in details talking about rituals and ceremonies; it is like a living museum.  Exploring the chamber will allow us to witness and try to understand what took place over a thousand years ago, when our ancestors believed in three domain layers.   The Ceiba also played a very important role. The Mayas believed it connected the three domain layers, branches to heaven, trunk to earth, and the roots to the underworld.  Within those levels and layers existed their deity, and they believed that their gods had dual faces, the same god could be good or bad it all depended on the offering it was given.  That is why the priests took offerings into caves in the form of food, blood, and human sacrifices to please them.  Mayan priests used hallucinogens to help them get into trans to communicate with their deity or ancestors, and displayed pots in a very symbolic ways after the rituals and ceremonies.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6219P18
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of helmet
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • head lamps
  • personal floating device
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Free hotel pick up within town limits. For hotels outside town, can pick up for a small surcharge.
  • 6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize Ground floor of Elviras Building by Ervas Restaurant
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • close toe foot wear (E.G hiking shoes, tennis etc)
  • pair socks
  • complete change of clothes
  • comfortable clothes to be wet all day
  • mosquito repellent
  • No cameras
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of helmet
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • head lamps
  • personal floating device
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Free hotel pick up within town limits. For hotels outside town, can pick up for a small surcharge.
  • 6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize Ground floor of Elviras Building by Ervas Restaurant
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • close toe foot wear (E.G hiking shoes, tennis etc)
  • pair socks
  • complete change of clothes
  • comfortable clothes to be wet all day
  • mosquito repellent
  • No cameras
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Bensuiss
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We highly recommend - Safe, funny and cool
We very highly recommend booking a tour with Belize Family Adventure. We did book 3 tours and 2 private transfers. Out of the 3 tours, we were very lucky to get 2 private excursions as no one else did book the same tours. This was very pleasant and exclusiv.
We did ATM with Eric and Benjamin. Great driver and guides. They had a very good knowledge and they did really care about our safety which is key in this environnment.
We also did Xunantunich+kayak on the Mopan river with Eric and Miguel. The weather was unfortunately not the best however they both did their best to make our day memorable and they succeeded. Miguel was very interesting as his knowledge about the sites was really good and very understandable.
The last tour was Mountain Pine Ridge with Leo. Excellent guide. Very careful and did bring us on our request to some shops to buy gifts made by the local community.
Also a big thank to Ismael and Jose who really took good care of us during the transfers. They even stopped whenever we wanted and saw something interesting.
Keep going guys!! Your positiv and funny attitude are true values to the company and the country
Written 16 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Belize Family Adventure
F1301RErachel
F1301RErachel
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Very glad we did it. So worth it!
Such a unique experience. Highly recommend it for the natural wonder. Our guide Edward was incredible. He led two
BaobabAaron
BaobabAaron
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An unforgettable natural museum
Fantastic experience exploring the caves at ATM. From the very beginning, the tour was extremely well organized. P
marianabE3931RM
marianabE3931RM
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Amazing day with great guide Leo!!
The day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish. We started the morning with a pick up at our hotel , it ende
Catgirlski
Catgirlski
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Incredible, fascinating, once in a lifetime experience
Of all the things you can see, this felt very special. The activity of getting to the cave, the swim and hike thru
kellyfY4977EG
kellyfY4977EG
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This trip had it all!
My wife and our 9 year old daughter were a little apprehensive about spending two hours underground in restrictive
195justine
195justine
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Amazing cave exploration
We had an excellent tour through the cave with a very knowledgeable and personable guide (Eric). The cave is super
RetireBlz
RetireBlz
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Great tour guide
I would highly recommend for tours or transfers. My husband and I were lucky enough to have Francisco "Cisco" as ou
Mia_the_explorerr
Mia_the_explorerr
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Xunantunich- Belizian’s Hallmark pyramid!!
Everything was awesome! The park is very stringent about wearing masks and will fine you if they catch you not wear
CPMeister
CPMeister
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UnBelizable Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave tour with Hugh Lamb from Maya Walk Tours
We had a great tour with Hugh Lamb and his team from the Maya Walk Tours April of 2021. Hugh was not only knowledg
Tiffani D
Tiffani D
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Perfect day filled with adventure!
We loved Leo and our experience cave tubing with this company! Would definitely recommend! Such a fun day!
claudchella
claudchella
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Incredible!
As a young, female traveler (who is not very brave), to feel completely confident, exited and safe during the whole
jadiehiho
jadiehiho
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Terrible company and tour, find another!
For the price, I didn’t like it. I did the ATM. Find another outfitter that does this tour. I was told I could pay
orangeugladtoo
orangeugladtoo
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Tiring but worth it
You better be in good shape for this one. Mayan ceramics and bones deep within the Belizean cave system. Must swim
kayleenguyen09
kayleenguyen09
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Wonderful trip led by wonderful guide Cisco!
We had a great time visiting Caracol with our guide Cisco! The site is amazing and we were happy there weren’t many
Mindy L
Mindy L
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Transportation to Guatemala
We used Belize Family for our trip to Tikal. A driver picked us up from our Hotel and drove us the Guatemala Border
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