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.
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!
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
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)
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
Private car transportation to and from Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
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
Reusable water bottles with at least 1 liter of water
Swim wear with shorts
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.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.
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