San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

4.9 / 5

36 Reviews

San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

From US$ 110 per person

Pass the gateway of the Mayan Underworld, stepping into hidden chambers revealing ancient Mayan artifacts, human skeletons and geological processes that have helped to shape the Mayan underworld.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 8 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotels within San Ignacio Town or surrounding area

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy amazing geological formations such as sparkling stalactites, stalagmites and flow stones
  • Discover the parallel unseen world where kings and shamans could enter to communicate with gods
  • Swim in the crystal clear water of the underworld
Full description
Your tour will begin as you depart San Ignacio at 8:00AM, before heading to your hike starting point. You will make your first river crossing before hiking for 45 minutes to the cave entrance, where you will listen to some safety tips and learn how to use your equipment. You will then make your way into the cave, swimming and then walking through the main water passage until you reach the boulder and head to the dry chamber. To enter the chamber, you will be required to slip off your shoes in order to protect the cave. Most of the cave's artifacts have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists, this is a living museum. You will hear your guides talk about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings and human offerings. The cave contains a total of 15 human remains, five of them still visible, which have been uncovered by archaeologists. To access the last chamber, you will climb up a ladder to see a full skeletal remains before exiting the cave in the same way you came in. You will hike back to the parking lot before replenishing yourself with lunch and returning to San Ignacio.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Water, snacks
  • Lunch
  • Rum punch
  • Tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Equipment rental
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People under 3 ft 3 in (100 cm)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Socks
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Cameras
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Cameras are not allowed
  • Please bring a complete change of clothes, closed-toe footwear, a pair of socks, mosquito repellent, and a towel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
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  • Organization
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  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
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What an adventure! We loved the nature and cultural aspects of the tour. It was fun crossing the rivers and squeezing into crevices in the cave. The Mayan artifacts and sacrificial ruins were surreal. So much more interesting seeing these pieces of history where they existed instead of in a museum. We were exhausted at the end of the day but it was so worth it. Five star rating from me and my two teenage kids. Highly recommend for those that are active and adventurous. The only room for improvement was the van was very noisy and rattling because of some missing screws on the interior coverings.

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March 14, 2020

Such an incredible experience! Our driver Jeremy and our tour guide Gliss were both amazing. They both did a great job at making us feel comfortable and secure. The tour itself is like nothing we have ever done before. It was very raw and felt like a real adventure. It involved swimming, climbing, and squeezing through small crevices. This is not something I would suggest for people who are afraid of heights, the dark, or small/ enclosed spaces. However, if you are adventurous and looking for an unforgettable experience I would highly recommend this tour.

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March 14, 2020

This is a MUST DO experience if you are in Belize. I can't even begin to explain how incredible this experience was. The cave while you're in the water is just beautiful and then the Mayan artifacts/skeletons in the dry portion of the cave are unlike anything you'll see anywhere else. We were originally worried about the "swimming" requirement, but your head will never go below water and life vests are provided if you are not a strong swimmer.

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February 14, 2020

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