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Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Free admission
Tea Kettle Village, San Ignacio, Belize

The Basics

Reaching the remote parts of the cave requires hiking through a rain forest, crossing three rivers on foot, swimming through parts of the cave, and even going up a narrow ladder to get to its deeper, darker chambers. Efforts are rewarded with the sight of the “Crystal Maiden”: the skeleton of a young female, fully preserved, from thousands of years ago.

Along the hike, there are also ancient ceramics to see and the chance to immerse yourself in Maya culture. Actun Tunichil Muknal is protected by the government and is only accessible through a guided tour.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
$120.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Greatest adventure tour ever
I enjoyed the adventure through the jungle and caves to see all the amazing artifacts. Not something you get to do or see on other tours in Belize.
Wesley_T, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Ignacio

star-5
A great day!
Beth_G, Jun 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
Great knowledgeable guide and exciting experience downstairs in the cave. It is not for the faint of heart so be aware!
star-5
Amazing history.
Marla_D, Jun 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
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.
star-5
Must-Do Trip from San Ignacio
Jesse_W, Jun 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
Great experience, a must-do in San Ignacio. A couple of notes as the information about what you can bring/wear was confusing. You CAN wear Chacos. You Cannot bring anything into the cave. We brought a dry bag with towels, a water bottle, and sunglasses and it had to stay in the car. It was okay, we didn't need it anyway.
star-5
Unforgettable experience!
Angelica_B, May 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
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.
star-5
Coolest thing we did in belize
Eric_B, May 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
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.
star-5
Caving Mayan way…best experience
Anonymous, Apr 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
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.
star-5
Yes!
Jordan_J, Mar 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave
Not for the physically weak. It’s a very strenuous activity but was also the highlight of our trip. There is swimming, rock climbing and walking.
star-5
So cool u must do!!
Medina_B, Mar 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave)From Belize City
Seeing the skeletons of the sacrifices and how the mayans lived it was very interesting and the guides were very detailed .
star-5
ATM: most intriguing
Doha_I, Jan 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Adventure
The whole experience was exhilarating. The hike to the cave involved crossing the river 3 times (swimming and walking). One enters the cave swimming and the fun starts. Manuvering the cave, squeezing between tiny pathways and crevices, in and out of the water. Then seeing the Mayan ritual site. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informed us of the history as well as the geology of the cave.
star-5
The best experience.
Derek_C, May 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
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.
star-5
Absolute Best way to experience the cave!
Michael_M, Apr 2022
VIP Actun Tunichil Muknal tour with Archaeologist Guide
This is the absolute best way to experience the cave! Believe me! Dr. Raf is a legend. The vip trip was amazing. He got us in before the crowds and we learned so so much. Dr. Raf is one of the original archeologists who explored the cave and has led the research and training of many of the other guides. If you’re unsure about paying extra for the private trip, just do it. Otherwise you will be in a big group possibly waiting on others or hurrying to keep up. Private trip puts you at your pace. Not to mention a portion of the cost goes to funding schools! I can’t overstate how much this experience gave me. While learning about the history he was able to conjure up amazing ideas in my imagination about the possibilities of what happened in this cave. He gave us space to use our own imagination while giving us the best ideas of what the researchers know because he is one of the leading researchers himself.
star-5
Amazing experience. ...
Jaspret_B, Apr 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch
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.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cameras are not allowed inside the cave.

  • You will be in the cave for about three hours, navigating some very constricted, confined areas; because of this, it’s not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.

  • Bring water shoes, socks (you will need to remove your shoes at one point on the tour), and an extra set of dry clothes, socks, and shoes.

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How to Get There

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is a 45-minute drive from San Ignacio. Most tours offer round-trip transportation from there. There is no public transportation that travels directly to the cave. You can hop a bus from Belmopan to the village of Teakettle, which is 7 miles (11 kilometers) from ATM, and arrange to meet your guide there.

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When to Get There

During Belize's wet season, (late June to August), the cave may be flooded and inaccessible to travelers. April is one of the country’s driest months, which makes it a good time for exploring natural attractions such as Actun Tunichil Muknal, but you can also expect larger crowds when the weather is nice.

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Caracol

A 2.5-hour drive from ATM, near the Guatemalan border, Caracol is an ancient Maya city. It’s the largest archeological site in Belize, covering about 65 square miles (168 square kilometers), and including more than 35,000 structures and five plazas. The site is only accessible with a military escort due to its proximity to Guatemala.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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