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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

San Ignacio, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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Explore the cave of the crystal sepulcher on a full-day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio, and discover a spiritual site that was sacred to the ancient Maya. Learn about the traditions and rites that took place in the cave system and visit the crystallized remains of an ancient ceremonial victim as you hike deep into the cave with a professional guide. Swim through a spring-fed pool, and follow tunnels, passageways and yawning chambers lined with stalactites, stalagmites, ancient ceramics and stoneware.
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All necessary equipment included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Explore the cave with an expert, specially licensed guide
Includes transportation to and from our office in San Ignacio
All necessary equipment
Lunch with a drink
Rum punch
3-hour walking tour of cave system
Hotel pickup and drop-off only if requested
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Mayawalk Tours , 19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point

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8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Pick ups from all locations in Belize can be arranged. There may be an additional charge so please contact us if pick up is needed. . Departure Point for most tours: Downtown San Ignacio Address: MayaWalk Tours Main Office 19 Burns Avenue San Ignacio Town Cayo District Belize, Central America Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cancellations only due to severe rain or flooding
  • Guests must wear appropriate (Closed toe) shoes for walking through jungle and water
  • Guests must bring a pair of socks for the dry chamber in the cave
  • Minimum height requirement is 40inches
  • Vegetarian meal option available upon request
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Bring along a change of dry clothes to be worn after the tour. This is a wet tour.
  • Clothes to be worn for the tour needs to be modest to respect the cave.
  • Eco friendly bug repellent is optional (Apply only if needed)
  • No cameras/ electronics are allowed on the hike and/or on in the cave.
  • Bring along a water bottle. We will have water available to refill your bottles.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Have a good breakfast before the tour. Lunch will be late.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
  • OPERATED BY MayaWalk Tours
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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "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." See review
  • "If you are in San Ignacio at all, I'd recommend taking an entire day to do this tour." See review

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The activity in San ignacio
, Aug. 2022
We had a great trip to the ATM by Maya Walk Tours. Thanks for guiding and helping us through the cave. Familie de Vos The Netherlands 26/07/2022
An unforgettable experience
, Jul. 2022
This tour was amazing. Our guide, Junior, was super knowledgeable and passionate about the cave's history and preservation. He made sure everyone was always safe and comfortable. It was a great opportunity to learn more about Mayan history and rituals. It was so cool being able to explore, climb, and swim in the cave. I'd recommend this tour to anyone that's visiting San Ignacio.
Best caving experience in all my travels
, Jul. 2022
Great fun exploring this expansive and sacred cave. I’m not normally that into caving but still really enjoyed this and am now considering doing more caves! Definitely the most impressive cave I’ve been too across several different countries. Be prepared to get wet, squeeze through small spaces and do a bit of climbing and scrambling up rocks. And definitely pay attention to the tour instructions on bringing water, an extra pair of socks, dry clothes for afterwards. It is is essential!
Best adventure
, Jun. 2022
By far the best adventure we have experienced in Belize! We love adventure and this was challenging and fun exploring through the caves. Our host Juan Carlos was very knowledgeable and helpful! He even did a surprise for us at the end and led us to walk in the dark a little short ways in the water through the cave
Amazing history.
, Jun. 2022
You enjoy every moment. The guides from Maya were wonderful. I saw dead people and pottery, and caves and lots of water. Most amazing excursions I have done. Bring $1. It will make sense of you go.
Caving Mayan way…best experience
, Apr. 2022
Eric, our tour guide was most amazing. He was so excited about sharing the Mayan history and some how brought everything to life. I would definitely ask for him to be your guide. Also, the tour family was very kind and considerate towards us.
An unforgettable adventure!
, Jan. 2022
This was definitely one of our highlights on our trip; it was a very unique experience! Hector was an amazing guide and my husband and I learned so much about Mayan history and culture. It's strenuous but super fun and you can't help feeling like an actual adventurer going through the dark caves! Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little thrill and a unique glimpse at Mayan rituals.
Fantastic Tour
, Dec. 2021
Our guide Hector was fantastic and gave us a terrific tour. The cave itself was incredible. The lunch afterwards was delicious. Definitely a must do tour in Belize.
Highlight of our trip
, Aug. 2021
Our tour of ATM cave with Eric was the highlight of our trip! Eric was very educational and made sure that we had fun the entire time. Also, lunch was delicious!
An experience you will not forget!
, Jul. 2021
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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Unforgetable Experience-A must do!
, Jul. 2021
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!
, Jul. 2021
100% recommend this company we arranged to get picked up for most our tours and I’m glad because we were located up a huge hill. Our guide was Juan Carlos and was full of information. I previously was recovering from an accident i had a few years ago so I knew I had limitations in terms of mobility and energy. I bought the keen sandals and I’m so glad I did. I also took a five hour energy drink before we started. Def not recommended for people who don’t like small spaces at times and can’t climb up and down rocks. I took my time making sure I didn’t lose my balance and successfully had a wonderful time and was in awe by all the stories and surprises in there. I was worried I’d see spiders and snakes I don’t know why I thought the worst but nothing but little fishes swimming and minding their business as you get through the cave. By far my favorite thing I did besides the Mexico Rocks Snorkel in San Pedro
Fun day!
, Jun. 2021
Had a great day with Juan Carlo! Had so so much fun exploring this cave with my friends. I hope they never change the nature of this adventurous trip! Highly recommend Mayawalk! Definitely do not miss the atm cave!
One of the coolest things I’ve done!
, Jun. 2021
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.
Amazing!! Great Guides.
, Jun. 2021
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.
Worth every penny
, May 2021
Great experience and would recommend to anyone. Worth e every penny. Our guide, Hector, was great and very knowledgeable.
1 traveller found this review helpful
Incredible Experiece w/ Juan Carlos
, Apr. 2021
At first, I was a little skeptical of this adventure, as one of my friends chose this activity. This was the highlight of our time in San Ignacio. I HIGHLY recommend Juan Carlos as a tour guide. He was amazing and knew so many facts. He was patient with our group and helped us all as we had a range of swimming levels. We chatted like old friends and it made our time doing the ATM tour one to remember. The lunch post-tour was also super delicious and they provided hotel pick-up and drop-off. If you are in San Ignacio at all, I'd recommend taking an entire day to do this tour.
Enthralling tour, easily the coolest place I’ve ever been
, Dec. 2020
This is easily the coolest thing I’ve ever done. The hike begins with an easy water crossing and then a chill 1 mile walk through the jungle with two other river crossings. The adventure begins at the cave entrance when you jump into the refreshing blue water. From there you are in the water for the next quarter mile. The cave is cavernous and beautiful, filled with incredible rock formations. There are some spots where you go through narrow passes but nothing is too challenging. At the quarter mile point, you climb up on the ledge and follow the path of the Mayas, entering a living museum. The cave is filled with thousands of ceramics and several human skeletons. Our guides, Eric and Hector, told us many stories about why the Maya entered the cave and about their belief systems and culture. The entire tour you are surrounded by an absolutely surreal landscape that feels like you are truly in the center of the earth. On the way out, we took some more fun routes slipping down natural rock slides and swimming in the pool outside the cave. Our tour finished with a delicious chicken and rice lunch. When you come here, please do so with extreme respect for this place. Some of the cultural remains have been destroyed by careless visitors. No other place like this exists on earth.
Amazing Tour
, Mar. 2020
Our tour guide Eric was amazing. We were the first ones to the cave and got to experience the crystal clear waters. Eric explained everything so well and we had a lot of fun with him. Lunch after was super good as well. Amazing tour would definitely recommend!
, Mar. 2020
Hue was very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. He gave an extensive background of the Mayans so it really made everything come to life and make sense. The cave it self was an amazing experience,it felt like something off Indiana Jones.

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