Belize ATM Cave Tour – Actun Tunichil Muknal
ATM cave is now a national park co-managed by the Institute of Archaeology and Belize Audubon Society, and is one of the major tourist attractions (Adventures) in the country. The guided trip into Belize ATM Cave takes you deep into the underworld that the ancient Maya knew as Xibalba.
Before you can get to the entrance of the cave, the access to the Maya sacrificial site. The ATM Cave Tour starts with an easy 45-minute hike through the lush jungle and across Roaring Creek a couple times (bear in mind your feet will be wet all day).
Seeing the wide, hourglass-shaped opening you know have have arrived at the entrance to the ATM cave, here you’ll need your helmet and headlamp which are provided for this tour. With a cool swim across a pool (about 15ft across) you would have then entered the cave. From that point follow your tour guide, walking, climbing, twisting and turning your way through the blackness of the cave for about an hour. You are in safe hands with Luis as he points out to every possible area of injury and instructs on how to avoid them.
Witness Giant shimmering flowstone rock formations compete for your attention with thick, calcium-carbonate stalactites dripping from the ceiling and phallic stalagmites grow up from the cave floor.