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Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) ranks #1 in Top 10 Sacred Caves by National Geographic. Located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve ATM was originally discovered in 1989 and soon after it gained archaeological importance as one of the top sacrificial caves in Belize and now in the world. In this tour you get to see the skeletal remains of 14 individuals, including The Crystal Maiden, ranging in age from one year to 45 years old. Most of the skeletal remains sparkle as they have been covered in calcite crystals from having been in that constant cave environment for over a thousand years. Pottery found in ATM points it to a period between 700 – 900 AD when the ancient Maya most probably were performing such rituals to appease the rain god and other powerful gods of Xibalba, the underworld.

Getting to ATM involves a 45 minute moderate jungle trail hike. You then get to the cave entrance which has a river flowing out, from here it is a wet hike inside the cave, some sections you would be swimming for short distances and then wade up the cave river for approximately an hour before getting to the sacrificial chambers.

WHAT TO WEAR: Light long pants or shorts and T-shirt , teva-like sandals, tennis shoes or sturdy water shoes. Bring extra pair of socks, extra change of clothes for the ride back to your hotel and insect repellent. Tour includes lunch, and all entry fees involved.

PHYSICAL LEVEL: MODERATE TO DIFFICULT

TOUR TIME: 8:00AM – 3:30PM

PRICE PER PERSON: US$115.00 PER PERSON, (2 people minimum)

 

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