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Actun Tunichil Muknal

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  • Actun Tunichil MuknalCommunity ManagerPro 2014
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    This archaeological site was used by ancient Mayans for sacrifices and ceremonial purposes. The cave exploration was featured on Discovery Channel's Bone Detectives. Carlos Panti was featured on the show and was our guide. He was so much fun and the cave tour was amazing! We walked through the jungle where we saw jaguar paw prints, toucan birds, beautiful butterflies, and peacocks. We walked through streams with people falling over slippery rocks. We swam across waters into the cave. Using headlamps we climbed over rocks, into tunnels, through holes, walking in waist-high water at times, then climbed a ladder to see ancient Mayan pottery and bone remnants. There were mini waterfalls and pitch black areas. I would definitely recommend a tour as they know the area like the back of their hands. I would not want to get lost and be one of the bones found, hehe.

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    San Ignacio is one of my favorite areas in Belize and this caving experience tops the list. Just be sure you area careful with where/how you tread. It's an honor to walk back in time, but you want to be sure you don't cause damage or destroy history in the process. Pick your local tour guide/operator carefully. And bring some old socks along for the time you spend in the cave...

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    "ATM," as it is referred to here, is simply a must-do part of mainland Belize. A cave system that explorers still have not mapped completely, ancient Maya populations believed that ATM was the entrance to the underworld. And once you head in (with a guide), you'll quickly see why. After swimming across the flooded entrance, leaving the lush jungle and precious sunlight behind, you quickly find yourself looking at a silhouette in the cave wall that looks a whole lot like an enormous face. Later on, when you'll be dependent on headlamps and flashlights (but where the Maya used torches), you'll see how rock formations form human-like shadows on the cave walls - depictions that appear as the God of the Underworld in many Mayan paintings. After a mile or so of walking through the watery cavern, your guide will take you up a ledge and into an area filled with stalactites, pottery, and incredibly well-preserved skeletons. One skeleton is completely intact, and otherwise you'll just see a random skull her and there. It is believed that the Maya made human sacrifices in this cave, which is remarkable considering how long they had to walk with a torch and a presumably-resistant fellow human. Guides can be booked in San Ignacio, and tell a terrific story. It's a little pricey by local standards, but even backpackers on a shoestring budget will be glad they splurged on ATM.

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    Go deep inside a cave, hike through water, mud, and more to find ancient Mayan ruins. Unbelievably fun!

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  • Actun Tunichil Muknal

    One of the coolest things to do in Belize. Spend the day exploring ancient Mayan caves with old pottery and human remains? Having to swim through half of it because there is no land crossing? Seeing spiders as big as your hand? YES PLEASE!

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    The most exciting, and popular site.

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    very beautiful

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