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Rivers and Caves in Belize

ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) – from $180 US p/person

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(Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) is one of the most impressive caves in the Mayan World of Belize, named after a sacrificial chamber deep within the ATM Cave. This wet cave is located within the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve near Teakettle village in the Cayo district.

Swimming and climbing is required when entering the ATM Cave. This is a predominantly wet cave with water levels ranging from ankle to chest height. The ATM Cave river system leads you through a labyrinth of dry chambers culminating at the cathedral-like main chamber, which is 350 meters in length, 50 meters in width. In this area you will spend about an hour to an hour and a half admiring with great care the many skeletal remains and artifacts; both pottery and stone tools. Toward the back of this chamber you will climb a ladder to get to the chamber of the Stone Sepulchre where you will see the skeletal remains of the famed crystal maiden. This is one adventure you must do!!

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Barton Creek Cave

From $160 US per person

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Within this caves there is an exciting canoe trip in a remote cave used earlier by the ancient Maya as burial and ceremonial purposes when they visited Barton Creek. This tour involves canoeing for at least an hour where the guide will point out the skulls and buried artifactswhile passing amid the stalactites. The cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and Mayan pottery shards and bones.

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Cave Tubing tour

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Your guide will lead you through a jungle trail rich in flora and fauna, at the end of the trail you will tube down the Caves Branch River system relaxing on inflated tubes, the gentle currents of the river will draw you through amazing caves and taverns. Head lamps will be provided so that you don't miss a thing including Mayan artifacts during this underworld adventure.

Maya Sites

Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

Xunantunich is a Classic Period ceremonial centre located eight miles west of San Ignacio. At the village of San Jose Succotz, we cross over the Mopan River using a hand-cranked ferry. The main temple is structure A-6; appropriately named ‘El Castillo’, which reaches 40 metres (130 feet) above plaza level and 180 metres (600 feet) above sea level. El Castillo is the second tallest man-made building Belize and is comprised of three layers in the structure. Archaeologists state that the site at Xunantunich was abandoned sometime between 890 to 900 AD. This tour is short, about an hour, so it works well in combination with a tour of the Cahal Pech site at San Ignacio.

Caracol Mayan Temples

Caracol Mayan Temples was discovered in 1938 by loggers, located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve now it is the most extensive Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya World. With an estimated population of 180,000 people. Caracol's enormous central core area covered 15 square miles and was linked together by more than 20 miles of "sacbes" (causeways) that radiated outward from its epicenter. The temple "Caana" rises 42 meters above plaza level and to this day is the largest man-made structure in Belize.

San Pedro & Caye Caulker

We can take you to the famous cayes of Belize, by air (2 hours), or by land (private minibus, 6 hours or daily scheduled bus, 7 hours).

By air – daily flight with Tropic Air from Flores to Maya Flats and then to San Pedro).

By land/ private minibus – air conditioned minibus from Tikal to Belize city municipal quay or municipal airport. Boat to San Pedro or Caye Caulker, or plane from Belize city to San Pedro.

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