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Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal

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433 Reviews
Free admission
Tea Kettle Village, San Ignacio, Belize

The Basics

Reaching the remote parts of the cave requires hiking through a rain forest, crossing three rivers on foot, swimming through parts of the cave, and even going up a narrow ladder to get to its deeper, darker chambers. Efforts are rewarded with the sight of the “Crystal Maiden”: the skeleton of a young female, fully preserved, from thousands of years ago.

Along the hike, there are also ancient ceramics to see and the chance to immerse yourself in Maya culture. Actun Tunichil Muknal is protected by the government and is only accessible through a guided tour.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
$125.00 per adult
An experience you will not forget!
You MUST book a tour of the ATM Caves with Juan Carlos (AKA Dos Carlos) you will not regret it! The experience exceeded my expectations, Juan Carlos is hilarious sweet and extremely knowledgeable, and the lunch is PHENOMENAL (especially the rum punch!)
Amanda_A, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Ignacio

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An experience you will not forget!
Amanda_A, Jul 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
You MUST book a tour of the ATM Caves with Juan Carlos (AKA Dos Carlos) you will not regret it! The experience exceeded my expectations, Juan Carlos is hilarious sweet and extremely knowledgeable, and the lunch is PHENOMENAL (especially the rum punch!)
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Must see
LISA_D, Jul 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
Such an amazing experience! Great combination of history with physical activity. The cave contained so many artifacts.
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Wonderful experience
Annalisa_A, Jul 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
Definitely the highlight of our Belize trip! This is a must see for any traveler. Our guide Edward was so knowledgeable and was such a well of information!
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One of the coolest things I’ve done!
Adriel_C, Jun 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
It was one of the best experiences! Our tour guide Eric made the experience engaging, fun, and knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour to anyone who like adventurous and able bodied as there is a lot of swimming and climbing up/down.
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So Cool!!
Adelin_B, Jun 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
Eduardo was the most amazing tour guide ever!! He was very friendly and very knowledgeable about everything we saw in the cave and walking to and from the cave. It was neat to go through a cave that had water in it. At times it was only ankle deep, but in a few places, it was up to my chest and at least one place, I had to swim. I had a long sleeved quick-dry shirt on over my swimsuit which I was grateful for because I got a little chilly in the cave because I was wet for so long. Lunch afterward was delicious. This tour IS NOT as hard as all the descriptions make it out to be. The hike before and after is essentially a nature walk and the climbing in the cave was not difficult at all. I totally recommend this tour! It was amazing!!
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Amazing!! Great Guides.
Rita_M, Jun 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
Our tour guide, Hugh, was excellent on information/history and guiding us through the cave. We had an absolutely excellent experience. Thanks, Santiago, for the good driving, food and hospitality.
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Wonderful adventure
Izumi, Mar 2020
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave (Caye Caulker / San Pedro)
Wonderful adventure to explore the archaeological reserve. Special thanks to the local guide and the driver Richard who help me to get the lost item back.
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Once in a lifetime experience
Stan_K, Mar 2020
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the ATM cave. He was friendly and always ensure we were safe and we stayed together as a group.
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Great Tour
Daniel_B, May 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
I did 2 cave tours with Belize Family Adventure, and both were great. The ATM cave is a must see if near San Ignacio. The tour was informative, and the meal they provided was delicious.
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Worth every penny
Jonan_R, May 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
Great experience and would recommend to anyone. Worth e every penny. Our guide, Hector, was great and very knowledgeable.
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ATM Tour
Mac_N, Apr 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
The ATM Tour was amazing! This is a must do if you’re visiting Belize. Our guide, Abraham (Mayan descent) was extremely knowledgeable and proud of his heritage. He gave us great insight into the Mayan culture. The tour consists of hiking a short distance, crossing 3 streams and wading(swimming) through the cave to the ceremonial chambers where you will find pottery and skeletons of the deceased. I highly recommend this tour.
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Unforgetable Experience-A must do!
jisseld, Jul 2021
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
Be sure to bring water shoes or sneakers if you do not mind getting them wet, a pair of socks, shorts or tights that you do no mind getting damaged. I wore water shoes, shorts and a tee shirt. Side Note: you cannot bring anything else because of dumb tourist who damaged precious artifacts in the cave. ATM Caves is a MUST DO IF YOU ARE IN BELIZE!!! It requires you to swim (they do provide you with life jackets), hike, cave/rock climb but you learn so much about the ceremonial practices and see so much history. TRULY AN AMAZING AND UNFORGETABLE EXPEREINCE. Some say that it gets cold in the cave but I did not experience that and I’m always cold. Additionally, our tour guide Hue was so patient and knowledgeable about everything. We also traveled with another tour guide on our bus, Hector, who was so funny and was entertaining us with his ‘dad jokes’. A perfect end to a perfect day. Lunch was provided by the tour with stewed chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw, plantain, water and with rum punch. Also, special shout out to Ben our driver!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cameras are not allowed inside the cave.

  • You will be in the cave for about three hours, navigating some very constricted, confined areas; because of this, it’s not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.

  • Bring water shoes, socks (you will need to remove your shoes at one point on the tour), and an extra set of dry clothes, socks, and shoes.

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How to Get There

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is a 45-minute drive from San Ignacio. Most tours offer round-trip transportation from there. There is no public transportation that travels directly to the cave. You can hop a bus from Belmopan to the village of Teakettle, which is 7 miles (11 kilometers) from ATM, and arrange to meet your guide there.

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When to Get There

During Belize's wet season, (late June to August), the cave may be flooded and inaccessible to travelers. April is one of the country’s driest months, which makes it a good time for exploring natural attractions such as Actun Tunichil Muknal, but you can also expect larger crowds when the weather is nice.

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Caracol

A 2.5-hour drive from ATM, near the Guatemalan border, Caracol is an ancient Maya city. It’s the largest archeological site in Belize, covering about 65 square miles (168 square kilometers), and including more than 35,000 structures and five plazas. The site is only accessible with a military escort due to its proximity to Guatemala.

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