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Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch

San Ignacio, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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See for yourself why Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave is named one of the top caves in the world on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. After a hike through the jungle, swim across the flooded cave entrance to enter a complex system of underground caverns and tunnels that are only accessible with a licensed guide. Inside, with only a headlamp for light, walk among ancient Mayan artifacts and crystallized human remains.
  • Explore a cave used by the ancient Maya for rituals and sacrifices
  • Safely climb, hike, and swim through narrow and flooded passageways
  • Full-day tour includes transport, all safety gear, and a picnic lunch
  • A guided tour is the only way to enter this natural and cultural wonder
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Helmet, Headlamps, Life vest,
Bottled water
Alcoholic Beverages
Air-conditioned vehicle
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
6 Far W St , 6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize

Ground floor of Elviras Building by Ervas Restaurant

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8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.we can pick you up at San Ignacio Town Hotel out side San Ignacio Town would be an additional fee
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Belize Caving Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "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." See review


36 Reviews
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No doubt, this is the best use of your time in Belize!
, May 2022
Our guide, Edward of Belize Caving Expeditions was the best. My wife and I are 65 and needed special attention to make sure we negotiated the climbs and passages in the cave safely. His focus on safety was unfailing. Without his watchful eye, we would not have come thru unscathed. The cave was amazing on so many levels. It was breath takingly beautiful, scientifically educational, historically interesting, and even morbidly facinating. It is well worth the physical and mental challenges you have to overcome. During our vacation we went to Tikal, Lammai, sailing to Caye Tabacco, snorkeled, saw manatees, etc., but this was the best thing we did. It will be the highlight of your trip to Belize.
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Unforgettable experience!
, May 2022
A truly educational experience. Slightly physical, climbing and swimming through a cave. The guides are very knowledgeable and make the trip great. Historical gem! The biggest disappointment is no cameras or devices are allowed in the cave.
Coolest thing we did in belize
, May 2022
Rafael was our guide. He was amazing. Very knowledgeable and shared it well with us. It's a beautiful cave. We hope to be back soon.
The best experience.
, May 2022
This ATM Cave tour was the single most amazing experience of this trip to Belize. The guides were friendly, helpful, courteous and extremely knowledgeable on the Mayan subject matter. The artifacts, sacrificial remains and accompanying information was riveting. The caving experience was much more than strolling through the water in a cave and was so fun.
Amazing experience. ...
, Apr 2022
Amazing experience. Patrick was our tour guide who was excellent. Teaches you about many forest plants and history while walking you to the caves and then amazing guide inside. Absolute must do while in Belize if physically able. I would say 5/10 level difficulty.
Wonderful experence
, Mar 2022
This was one of the coolest things we have ever done. It was a lot more challenging than we ever expected, but our guide Manuel gave great instructions and encouragement. The guides can't take more than 8 in each group. We were lucky to get tickets. Unlike anything in the US, once we made it to the dry cave we were a hands reach from the artifacts. I didn't expect there to be so many. A great lunch after. We recomend this.
Amazing! Once in a lifetime experience! You CAN do it!
, Dec 2021
Incredible! This tour challenged everything I had in me! Our guide Abraham even brought me back from the brink of a claustrophobic freak out to do the entire cave tour. Bring shoes to get wet, wear shorts that will stand up to sliding down rocks on your rear end, and trust your guide to show you the wonders of the cave. I still can't believe we did it! If I did it on my 52nd Birthday with my 11 year old kid you can do it too! It is AMAZING!
An unforgettable Belizean experience
, Dec 2021
swimming around the caves, seeing the formation is just an incredible experience. Everyone must do this excursion in Belize. It’s a life time of experience
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One of the best travel experiences in my life
, Dec 2021
This ranks among the best travel experiences of my life, and I’ve traveled a lot. It’s almost hard to believe that what you are seeing is real, but real it is, and the only way to believe is to see it with your own eyes. Patrick was a phenomenal tour guide in every way. He was funny, extremely knowledgeable, extremely capable maneuvering in the cave (and helping all of us to do the same), and obviously loved his work and his home country of Belize. I can’t recommend this tour enough, but I do recommend specifically requesting Patrick as your guide. I heard through the grapevine that he is one of the best, and it’s hard to imagine anyone being better.
Amazing Experience
, Jul 2021
ATM is definitely a must do when visiting Belize. Our guide Glis was super knowledgeable about Mayan history, and even taught us a few words. The pacing was awesome, and it was an exciting but safe experience. Highly recommended!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Yasmin, Thanks for sharing your ATM experience. Thrilled to hear you had an amazing time, ATM is truly a unique experience and more so with in the company of our super guide Gliss.
So Cool!!
, Jun 2021
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!!
Once in a lifetime experience
, Mar 2020
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.
Amazing experience
, Jan 2020
Fernando was an excellent guide. We enjoyed it very much. Geological information was interesting as well as the cultural. Well-organized tour.
Patrick our tour guide was awesome
, Oct 2019
Great tour, this was my second time doing the cave. The tour guide, Patrick is the best in the business. Highly, highly recommended.
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