Nelson Maya Adventures
Alluring Mayan Site Tours and Outstanding Transfers Service for the Insightful Traveler.
If exploring a sacred Mayan cave, deep in the jungle sounds like the type of adventure your inner archaeologist would like, Belize Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM) or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” is for you.
Visiting this major archaeological, historic and cultural site deep into the Earth, is a must tour for anyone who desires a truly unforgettable experience in Belize. Passage into the cave can only be offered by experienced guides who have been vetted and given permission from the Belize Department of Archaeology. Inside this cathedral-like cave, you’ll witness ceremonial ceramics, human sacrificial remains, and artefacts from the Mayan era, as well as natural stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
A 45-minute jungle hike into the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve in the Cayo district leads you to the cave, National Geographic rated as number one in their Top Ten Sacred Caves
The Mayans believed that the Belize ATM cave was the entrance to the underworld, where the gods of agriculture and rain dwelled. Inside the highest chamber of ATM lies the “Crystal Maiden,” a Mayan princess, sacrificed to appease the gods, who’s calcified remains present a crystalline appearance. Because of the significance and history of the grounds, conservation is key. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes when reaching the upper dry chamber to help minimize foot traffic impact. The use of cameras is also prohibited inside the caves, due to accidental damage from past visitors.
Age Limit: 8 years old and at least 40 inches tall
***Use of sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly discouraged by the government authorities.
About 43 miles off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
is a wonderful place to relax and watch birds,
a national protected area of natural wetlands.
At the center of this beautiful wildlife refuge lies the
Village of Crooked Tree.