Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) dubbed by National Geography as the
top sacred cave to explore in the world; should be on your bucket list! Your
journey starts from Hopkins with a 2.5 hr- drive in air-conditioned comfort
until your arrival at the ranger outpost. Here, our guides will provide you
with a helmet, headlamp, and life jacket if needed. When geared up, it’s now
time to hike, wade and swim the sacrificial Mayan underworld of the ATM.
There’s 3 river crossing and a 30-minute hike, which will bring you to an
hourglass entrance. From here, the cave system spans approximately 3 miles with
stalactites, stalagmites, jarring boulders and freshwater streams from ankle to
After an hour of spelunking, you’ll arrive at the ceremonial area,
and squeeze through an
orifice which opens up into a large football field cavern. Here you’ll remove
your shoes. Walking bare feet, deeper into the underground surrender will
unearth untainted Mayan history dating back 1-1000 AD. Pottery, ranging from
intact to completely shattered; tools, ceremonial items, and the skeletal
remains of 14 bodies on display, from finger bones to skulls, among other
skeletal remains, fused to the bare ground within a few feet steps.
The cavern ends with the main
chamber where the calcified to sparkling crystalized remains of the “Crystal
Maiden” lays, believed to be the skeleton frame of a young woman who was
sacrificed in a bloodletting ceremony to the “gods”. It is here you’ll turn
around and retrace your steps to the cave’s entrance with only one question in
mind: How do they allow you to do this?
You don't have to be extremely fit, but
you should be able to easily hike, swim and climb. Wear comfortable lightweight
clothing and shoes or bring a pair of closed toe water shoes. Sneakers can get
heavy during the hike after getting wet. It’s good to have a pair of socks with
you for the portion of the tour that is done bare feet as alluded to above.
Keep your socks dry by placing them on
the inside of your helmet. All personal items must be left in the tour van at
the parking lot: extra dry clothes for after the tour, small towel, tip money
for the tour guides, and cameras. A few years ago, tourists dropped their
cameras on one of the Mayan skulls and broke it. Due to this incident, cameras
or cell phones are banned from the cave.
A small bottle of water or Gatorade and a
light snack such as a granola bar to grub on before entering the cave. We do
provide lunch and a drink; however, if you think you’ll need it, a little extra
water and grub would go a long way.
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