Touring the ATM Cave in Belize

Published on July 1, 2018
ATM Cave in Belize

If you’re looking for paradise, you’ll find it in Belize and if you require a tour company to ensure your trip is a good one then consider Untame Belize, one of the nation’s premier, licensed tour companies equipped to arrange cultural experiences, hiking, zip-lining, river cruises, tours to ancient Maya cities and sacred caves, and airport transfers that meet the needs of the intrepid traveler. Dependable, safe, affordable and accommodating, Untame Belize offers the best services and amenities.

One of the top things to do in Belize is a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (also known as the ATM Cave). Before you embark on a tour of the ATM, here is what you need to know about this sacred cave:


The ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) means “The Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre” and is located close to San Ignacio Town. The ATM Cave is an archaeological treasure that contains the remains of ancient Maya people and mesmerizing samples of stoneware and ceramics. The ceramics in particular are an important find because their construction hints of their use in sacred ceremonies conducted by the ancient Maya. Just as fascinating is how the Maya created ceremonial areas using the natural shape of the cave that include altars and sacred images carved into the walls. The beauty of the cave is further enhanced by many stalactites and stalagmites found in its upper compartments. In addition, the cave teems with wildlife because it is a river cave and thousands of bats call the cave home. The adventure traveler to this cave would be hard-pressed to find a better place to enjoy nature in all its splendor.


Let Untame Belize’s experienced guides take you on a tour of the ATM, the most sacred cave in Belize. Seize the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the rich culture by learning about the history of the Maya people and witness first-hand the Maya creations that make the cave one of the most unique places on earth. Untame Belize will –

• Provide tours by licensed guides that consider the environment and preservation of archaeological sites
• Round trip transportation to the ATM Cave from your hotel, resort or AirBnB
• Guide visitors on a 45-minute hike from the Tapir Reserve to the cave
• Guide visitors on a 3-hour tour of the ATM cave that includes a chance to see the remains of the “Crystal Maiden”, a teenage girl that the Maya sacrificed in a sacred ceremony
• Provide a picnic with water and soft drinks

The essence of Maya culture awaits the explorer and Untame Belize is ready to show the way. Bring a sense of adventure as you descend deep into the ATM cave that is known as the Maya underworld. Your trek will exercise the body, intrigue the mind, and enliven the spirit.

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