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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Cayo
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Embark on an adventurous hike through Actun Tunichil Muknal, a cave brimming with Mayan history. Be aware that traversing the cave requires a decent level of fitness, as you'll find yourself climbing, squeezing through tight spaces, and in rare cases swimming to explore the sites. The cave system spreads through about 4.8 km (3 mi) with a river flowing through it for approximately 3.2 km (2 mi). Be on the lookout for large spiders, freshwater crabs, and lots of bats. The highlight for most visitors is the undisturbed skeletal remains and pottery of Mayan origin, such as the "crystal maiden," whose calcified bones give off a crystalized, sparkly appearance. With our online itinerary creator, Cayo attractions like Actun Tunichil Muknal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Before traveling to Belize, we read how physically challenging the ATM would be. Both of us are in decent shape, but we just were not sure. If you love a challenge, hike regularly, are flexible, swim,...  more »
  • I booked the tour through Xplore Inland Tours in San Ignacio (can be found inside Eva's Restaurant, 22 Burns Avenue). I don't usually go on such pricey tours (it cost $85 USD per person) but I can say...  more »
  • Nice visit of a cave, water hiking, canyoning, climbing and Museum. Expensive for what it is but unique experience, which will be probably more feasible within a few years because walking in the middle of artifacts that have more than 1500 years... I doubt that it lasts a long time.
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  • Stunning site. Artifacts very well preserved! Swimming into a Mayan cave is easily top 5 experience
  • Absolutely amazing experience exploring the caves underground here. 1/3 of a mile splashing into the system, then climbed to drier ground. Many broken pots, skeletons, and natural formations.
  • Great spelunking experience! Some swimming, lots of climbing and wading- great archeological site with relics and skeletal remains!
  • LOVED this place and this activity. I've done many adventurous things, seen amazing things and the ATM caves rates near the top of all. Aaron from MayaWalks was an excellent tour guide. I just wish I could stay a few days in there. Really special and fun.
  • These caves are Beautiful Beyond Belief! Natural formations, human remains, and tribal sacrifices.