ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL

ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL


This cave adventure is one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. The ATM cave contains four skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware left by the Maya.  The most famous skeleton is that of a young girl, the bones of which have been completely covered by the natural processes of the cave, leaving them with a sparkling appearance. The cave itself is several kilometers long with several chambers. Once inside the cave you will spend several hours swimming, climbing, and exploring.
The tour van leaves Caves Branch Jungle Lodge around 8:00AM. The hike from the starting point to the cave entrance includes three stream crossings and passes through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. The hike through the lower portion of the cave is approximately 45 minutes in duration. Once through the inner chambers you will ascend to the upper chambers and to do this you will be required to take off your shoes and explore in only your socks to prevent damage to the artifacts. This adventure is challenging and a good level of physical fitness is required. The ability to swim is a plus as you will need to cross deep water to enter the cave and will be wading through water several times both inside and outside the caves.

At the furthest end of the upper chambers, you will encounter the “crystal maiden”. Cameras are not allowed in the cave for conservation purposes. Accidental damage to bones, pottery and other scared sites within the cave have forced the Department of Archaeology to discontinue this permission so do your best to capture the experience with mental photographs of your thrilling adventure!

Cost:

$125US pp + 12.5% tax

 

Surcharge on packages

 

Includes:

Transportation to & from the park, guide, water, lunch & entrance fees.

 

Minimum Requirement:

4 persons

 

Offered: 

Mon, Wed & Fri - once minimum requirement is met.

 

Intensity Level:
(4 of 5 sweat drops)
Difficult - A good level of physical fitness is required. The ability to swim and be comfortable with small spaces is necessary.

 

Age Recommendation:

Mature 10 yrs old and up

 

Belize Department of Archaeology Advisory:

Any person visiting ATM Cave must be taller than 40 inches. Children smaller than this requirement will not be approved on this adventure.

 

Mandatory Clothing:

Comfortable light weight long pants/shorts and shirt that allow for easy movement and can get wet (swim gear can be worn in the cave, but it can get cold). Well-treaded sneakers, hiking boots or high quality river shoes with covered toes, socks, mosquito repellent, a full change of clothes.

Notes:

This Adventure is subject to high water levels from time to time throughout the year and may be replaced with another tour. Read about cancellation notices

 

Toll free: 1-866-357-2698

Local: 610-3451

Fax: 1-888-810-1333

BTH@cavesbranch.com