Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

  • Location: Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, Western Highway
  • Description: Full Day Tour
  • Recommended Wear: sneakers or hiking boots, change of clothes, towel, socks for walking inside the cave 
  • Level: Moderate (jungle trek, river crossing, caving activity)
Actun Tunichil Muknal | ATM CaveWe turn off the Western Highway for an exciting 7 mile drive to our starting point at the riverbank.  Head out on a 45 minute jungle trek including river crossings, gets you to the "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher", one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize, who first began to use the entrance during the early classic period. It was not until the late terminal classic period that the Maya traveled deeper into the Cave to conduct their ceremonies.  The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a large Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Here lie those individuals sacrificed to the gods of the underworld. Visitors to this cave have the opportunity to travel into the Maya past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context.