Journey Into The Mayan Underworld.
Price – $115.00 USD
Departure Time – 8:00 AM Departs Midas Resort, English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees, Packed Lunch and Transportation
What To Bring – Comfortable hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, Bug Spray, light clothing, umbrella or light rain jacket, Sunblock depending on the weather and extra bottles of water.
Description – The ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal) is the most impressive Cave in Belize and the Maya Underworld. This cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Mayas of Belize who began using the entrance during the early classic period (300 – 600AD). The most famous of the human remains is “The Crystal maiden” – the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim whose bones have been completely covered by the natural decomposition in the cave. Upon entering the ATM Cave you are required to do some swimming and climbing.
This is predominantly a wet cave with water levels ranging from ankle to chest height. The cave river system leads you through a labyrinth of dry chambers culminating at the cathedral-like main chamber, which is about 350 meters in length and 50 meters in width. In this area you will spend about 1 ½ hours admiring with great car, you will see many skeleton remains and artifacts both pottery and stone tools. Towards the back of this chamber you will climb a ladder of about 15 feet to get to the Stone Sepulcher where you will see the complete skeleton remains of the famed Crystallized Maiden.