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San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

1. San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

Depart from San Ignacio and head to the starting point for your hike. Make your first river crossing band hike to the cave entrance for a safety demonstration. Make your way into the cave, swimming and then walking through the main water passage until you reach the boulder and head to the dry chamber. To enter the chamber, you will be required to slip off your shoes in order to protect the cave. Marvel at the cave's artifacts, most of which have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists. Hear your guides talk about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings and human offerings, including the 15 human remains uncovered by archaeologists. To access the last chamber, you will climb up a ladder to see a full skeletal remains before exiting the cave in the same way you came in. You will hike back to the parking lot before replenishing yourself with lunch and returning to San Ignacio.

Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

2. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

3. San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

Get an early start and depart from San Ignacio at 7:30 AM. Drive out to St Herman's Blue Hole National Park, known for its lush rainforest and intricate system of interconnected caves and azure freshwater pools. Begin your adventure through the park with a rainforest hike that will end at the entrance to the Crystal Cave system. Embark on a spelunking expedition through the series of limestone caverns that the Mayans treated as a natural pantheon. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones, rock columns, crystalline formations, and Mayan artifacts adorning the interior of the caves. Let your guide show you the evidence of ritual ceremonies that took place thousands of years ago, including pottery, fire pits, charcoal ash, and human remains. Step into Wonderland, an aptly-named chamber deep in the earth with walls covered in shimmering crystals. Spend anywhere from 3–5 hours exploring the cave depending on your energy. Let your guide know if you want to eat the packed lunch and get some rum punch inside the cave or back at the parking lot and fill up after a long day's trek. Finish off with a refreshing dip in the Blue Hole pool the park is named for. Arrive back in San Ignacio around 5:30 PM.

Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

4. Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

Provoke your adventurous side with this guided day tour in the Cayo District of beautiful Belize. Fly by zipline over the Mayan jungle trees and rivers, descend under the mountains, and paddle through fresh, azure water caves by kayak or inner tube.     Develop your courage as you soar on seven different ziplines, each ranging from 500 to 1000 feet long. Guides provide equipment, instruction, and encouragement, so you can let yourself experience the rainforest from a completely new perspective. Calm the thrill by kayaking or tubing through a series of clandescent caves fed by natural springs, while learning the natural history, local culture, folklore tales, and surrounding nature from mature and informative guides. Swim in the blue water pools and walk through the peaceful park nature before returning back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Cayo District

This was the 3rd best day of my life! Only followed by the birth of my daughter & my wedding day. Brian was the best guide ever! He took his time with us, never lost his patience and went above the call of duty to ensure we had the best excursions ever. Going to check out other tours when I get back to Belize City before leaving the country. The only complaint I have is that you have not expanded tours to the southern areas. Excellent service!

Excellent! Our driver and tour guide, Eddy, was outstanding. He was friendly, knowledgeable and came with extensive experience. The ATM cave is a must do excursion. The lunch that followed was very good and very well organized. Highly recommend this tour and company.

We had such an amazing time! Francisco was the best guide ever! We will never forget this adventure and would highly recommend!

Hands down one of the best tours you can find. ATM is rated one of the top sacred places in the world.

Our guide was Rafael and he was excellent! The whole experience was a once in a lifetime experience.