1. Belize
  2. Ambergris Caye
  3. San Pedro
  4. Actun Tunichil Muknal

From San Pedro: Day Trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal ATM Cave

Product ID: 369931
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Enter the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal, the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre,” and experience one of the absolute must-do tours in Belize. Leave from San Pedro via water taxi or air transfer, then hike through the jungles of Belize to the cave.
About this activity
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore artifacts, pottery, and skeletal remains inside the sacred cave
  • Experience a jungle hike that includes several river crossings
  • Step outside your comfort zone and discover Maya history
  • Opt between a water taxi or an air transfer from San Pedro
  • Enjoy the services of a bilingual guide and an included lunch
Full description
Combine a hiking and adventure experience with an immersion into Maya history and archeology on this trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave from San Pedro. Discover one of the “Top 10 Sacred Caves Around the World,” as ranked by the National Geographic Society, which has also been the subject of documentaries by the National Geographic, Discovery, and History Channels.

Choose between the option of a water taxi or an air transfer between San Pedro and Belize City to begin your adventure. Upon arrival in Belize City, start your 75-minute journey to the ATM cave, located in an area known as the Mountain Tapir Reserve. Drive off-road for a 7-mile (roughly 11-kilometer) trip into the jungle, then take a 45-minute hike to the cave, crossing the river at several points.

Upon arrival at the cave entrance, make your way through 12 feet (3.66 meters) of water by either swimming or being towed across (life jackets are mandatory). On the other side, discover an astonishingly large main chamber full of various types of artifacts, from ceramics and stoneware left by the Maya hundreds of years ago to the remains of skeletons.

The Maya considered ATM a highly sacred location as it encloses the famous “Crystal Maiden”, who was thought to be a sacrifice victim. After decades of weathering and natural processes, the surface of the skeleton appears to be covered with a geological sanded finish, giving the maiden a magical fairy-dust appearance. After exploring the cave, exit the way you came in and journey back to San Pedro.
Includes
  • Bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English-speaking)
  • Water taxi transfers between San Pedro Express Water Taxi Terminal and Belize City (if option selected)
  • Air transfers between San Pedro and Belize City (if option selected)
  • Tour gear (helmet, headlamp, life jacket)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch with beverage
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Park entry fee, payable on the spot in cash (USD $15 per person)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Socks
Not allowed
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with mobility impairments or pregnant women
• Please don't forget to provide the first and last names of everyone in your group
• When you book, the local partner will send you confirmation numbers under your name for you to redeem your tickets at the water taxi or air terminal counter; to redeem your tickets, present any form of ID
• For water taxi transfers, the local partner recommends that you redeem your tickets the day before your tour since it's an early morning departure and the lines are sometimes long
• Please keep in mind that you will need to pay the entry fee to the park, payable in cash at the tour site (USD $15 per person)
• Photography is not permitted inside the caves
• The use of closed-toe shoes with socks is mandatory

From US$ 240 per person