ATM Cave Tour Belize: The World’s #1 Sacred Cave

The ATM Cave, also known as Actun Tunichil Muknal, is a national park managed by the National Institute of Cultural and History (NICH) and is one of the top tourist attractions in Belize. It is rated by National Geographic and Discovery Channel as the #1 sacred cave in the world.

The guided trip into the ATM Cave takes you deep into the underworld that the ancient Maya called “Xibalba.” The tour starts with a scenic 45-minute walk through Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, where you will wade across crystal-clear rivers and hike under the jungle canopy.

Upon reaching the natural, hourglass-shaped opening, you will know that you have arrived at the entrance to the cave. You will then swim across a beautiful turquoise pool (about 15 feet across) to enter the cave.

From that point, you will follow your tour guide, swimming, wading, and climbing your way through the darkness of the cave for approximately an hour. Your highly trained professional team of guides will point out every possible area of injury and instruct you on how to avoid them.

Once out of the water, you will begin to see Mayan artifacts and human remains in that area. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Maya culture and their use of the cave for religious ceremonies.

The ATM Cave Tour is a unique and unforgettable experience that will give you a glimpse into the world of the ancient Maya.

Belize ATM Cave Tips and Advisory

Your Guide to the World’s #1 Sacred Cave

Kawiil Tours team of experts are the best guides for the ATM Cave Tour in Belize. With over 21 years of experience and research in Mayan history, they are passionate about sharing their knowledge with visitors. The team will provide you with a fact-filled tour of the ATM Cave, a one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget. You will learn about the Maya culture and their use of the cave for religious ceremonies.

If you are looking for an informative tour to the famous #1 Sacred cave in the world, then you came just to the right team!

Luis received extensive training on this Cave system from the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (BVAR) archaeologist; Dr. Jamie Awe, Sherry Gibbs and Cameron Griffith.

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    Zach Sarnoff
    Zach Sarnoff
    16:17 25 Nov 21
    I went with Luis to ATM caves and it was awesome!!
    Olivia Pulsipher
    Olivia Pulsipher
    02:07 11 Aug 21
    We did the ATM tour, Luis was exceptionally knowledgeable about not only this tour but many other sites in the area. We spent several hours inside the cave learning about the history. Highlight of my trip.read more
    Christine Scheer
    Christine Scheer
    02:14 30 May 21
    Incredible experience! So very happy we chose KaWiil. We really wanted to do the cave tubing, but I was nervous since we booked so late. To my surprise, KaWiil Tours actually called me back to say that John was available to be our guide. John was on time bright and early the next morning, he even found us wandering around outside our hotel before he swept us off to the Nohoch Che’en cave. As an experienced cave explorer, super friendly dude, a natural resource management professional, and native Belizean (naturally!) we were so impressed with the way he showed us the lizards, plants, trees, birds, insects, fish and flowering plants along the trail. He took us through the caves; it was like we had the place all to ourselves! John introduced us to the bats, the swallows, kingfishers, ancient Mayan traditions, cave formations and river flow… so awesome. I was blown away. Afterwards, he bought us lunch at a cool tiki bar and filled us in on Belize history; so super. We had the BEST time. Thank you, John! You really made our visit to San Ignacio special!read more
    Doss Ramsey
    Doss Ramsey
    22:21 25 Mar 21
    We had an excellent tour of the ATM cave with Luis who managed to get two young fellas in their 20s and an old timer a few months short of 80 through without a hitch!I was pleasantly surprised by how informed Luis was regarding the cave and its history, as well as his knowledge of local plants and wildlife, other attractions, and the energy that he brought to the tour.This tour with Kawiil Tours was the highlight of our time in Belize and I’ll be recommending it to anyone I know heading to San Ignacio! 10/10read more
    Emma Hignett
    Emma Hignett
    22:54 28 Oct 19
    What an incredible experience! A must if you are in Belize. Luis, our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the local area and the caves. Luis mainly has smaller groups, so whilst other groups had 8 people per tour guide, my partner and I were the only ones in our group. Highly recommended.read more
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