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Unravel the Mayan mystery: Tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Immerse yourself in a full Mayan experience on a hike to Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, then spend three hours inside and cap it off with a picnic lunch.

USD $105.00

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Learn about Mayan history at the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave

To take a journey into the Mayan underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal, or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre”, will be one of the most enlightening, epic and unique experiences of your life. Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave with a licensed guide. Recently named the world’s top sacred cave destination by National Geographic, this beautiful cave not only boosts of beautiful crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but is also a natural museum of ancient Mayan artifacts. What’s more, this cave was a sacred burial place as the final resting place of the “Crystal Maiden” (an ancient Mayan ceremonial victim) as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women, and children.

This cave had also in the past welcomed prominent figures such as National Geographic teams, the Discovery Channel, The British High Commission and US Embassy officials. Do not miss this visit!

Highlights

  • Gain a better understanding of Mayan history with a visit to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
  • Visit a sacred burial place – the final resting place of ancient Mayan ceremonial victim the “Crystal Maiden”
  • Embark on a hiking adventure through jungle with three stream crossings
  • Gain access to the cave’s extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, arriving to the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware and ceramics
  • Enjoy a homemade picnic lunch

Tour Information

Duration: approximately 8 hours
Start/End Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Availability: year-round
Miscellaneous: The difficulty level of this tour is set as “Medium”. Travelers with serious medical conditions should not participate (please see section on “important notes” below)

Itinerary

  • 1-hour drive from San Ignacio to Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve
  • 45-minute hike through jungle to entrance of Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, including three stream crossings
  • 3-hour stay in cave with visit to burial place of the “Crystal Maiden”
  • 45-minute return hike through jungle
  • Homemade picnic lunch
  • 1-hour drive back from Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to San Ignacio

What’s Included

  • Private car transportation to and from Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
  • Picnic lunch
  • Water or soft drinks

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes or trainers (these shoes will get wet during the cave visit)
  • Socks (mandatory for preservation reasons)
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Additional set of dry clothing
  • Small backpack
  • Reusable water bottles with at least 1 liter of water
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Swim wear with shorts

Important Notes

  • This tour is not recommended for pregnant travelers, travelers with heart problems and other serious medical conditions, travelers with back problems, and those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair (due to uneven surfaces).
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The government of Belize has banned the use of all electronic devices (including cameras) in the cave. Only the guide is permitted to carry a dry bag into the cave.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Cayo District, Belize

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Cayo District, Belize 17.117496, -88.890467

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