Take a day trip to the Mayan underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal ( ATM Cave ) located in the beautiful Tapir Mountain Reserve, Cayo District. The ATM Cave is one of the most popular and impressive Maya ceremonial caves ever found, its also the #1 sacred cave destination in the world. This is an extraordinary Belize adventure and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries.
Hopkins Belize Tours - Our ATM Cave Tour will take you on a scenic drive from Hopkins Village to Tapir Mountain Reserve. Travel time to the ATM Cave is approximately two hours, so you get to the chance to see the lush Belizean countryside on your way to the Mayan underworld (spiritual realm) sightseeing tours.
Upon arrival at the beautiful Tapir Mountain Reserve, we strap on our helmets and embark on your flat jungle hike to the ATM Cave entrance which is approximately forty-five minutes. The hike includes three stream crossings of knee to waist high with the help of a rope for the first crossing.
The ATM Cave is a wet cave – you swim into the mouth of the cave, and then wade through ankle to chest high water before climbing to a intricate passageways of dry chambers which lead to the cathedral-like main hall, a towering chamber 350 metres in length and 50mteres wide and filled with artefacts and sacrificial remains.
After this another climb takes you to the stone chamber where the Crystal Maiden lies, this is the skeleton of a teenage girl who was sacrificed and left in the cave. Over thousands of years her remains have been covered by a layer of diamond like limestone. The Mayas sacrificed humans in the hopes of appeasing the gods and bringing fertility to the land.
Difficulty Level: Very Challenging
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