Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) means the "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher". It was first used by the Maya during the Early Classic period and continued to be used until the Late to Terminal Classic period. (AD 300-600 to AD 700-900) Four main chambers were used within the cave. These included the "Entrance Chamber", the "Sinkhole Entrance", the "Stelae Chamber" and the "Main Chamber."
A must do activity when visiting San Ignacio!
The "Stelae Chamber" contained carved slate stelae, bloodletting tools, ceramic vessels and a decorated vessel with glyphs depicting a Maya lord being presented with a captive.
The "Main Chamber" contains the remains of 14 individuals who were sacrificed to the gods. Artifacts found in the cave are mostly ceramic vessels, stone tools and ceramic whistles which may have been used for rituals within the caves.
You will be picked up at 8:00 am from your hotel or downtown San Ignacio. The tour begins with a 20-minute drive from San Ignacio to the village of Teakettle. From Teakettle, you will journey to the ranger's station, check-in and start a 45-minute hike to the cave entrance where you will be able to walk through several caverns to experience the wonders of the ancient Maya underworld: Xibalba.
You must be in excellent condition seeing how this an adventurous tour. Also, you must be prepared to get wet since you will be walking through several streams and water paths.
Daily at 8:00 am
Full day tour
Must be in reasonable physical condition, height requirements
Hiking shoes, light clothing, extra change of clothes and towel
insect repellent, no camera allowed.
transportation, entrance fee, equipment, lunch, drinks.