Belize is an interesting place to visit not only for it’s beautiful nature, reefs and dining oppurtunities, but also for its people: They will tell you (if you walk too fast) that you need to relax and take it easy. How pleasant is that! One of the best experiences I had in Belize, was the ATM cave tour.
ATM cave tour (Actun Tunichil Muknal)
The ATM cave was the first stop in Belize.The ATM cave has a cathedral-lish opening into a mountain and in the beginning you need to swim a bit. Afterwards you walk, crawl or swim further into the cave. The guide will tell you all about the story of the Mayans, the flora and the history of the cave (You need to go their with a guide, as only a few agencies are allowed to enter the cave).
HOW TO GET THERE: The ATM cave is located close to San Ignacio, which is a small town but with some good breakfast places. I will most highly recommend: Pop’s Restaurant which is a family own small place with amazingly good belizean food!
BOOKING: We booked the tickets a few days in advance which turned out fine by calling the company – Maya Walk. There are however many different travel agencies at the main street in San Ignacio who coordinate trips to the ATM cave or maybe your hotel can do this for you as well.
WHAT TO WEAR: I had my swimsuit and my running pants on (you need to wear long pants) – you just need to wear something athletic (light weight and quick drying). You also need to wear water shoes what cover your toes, but you can borrow these with the travel agency. You need to wear socks as you sometimes will have to take of the shoes when walking on the rocks.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring some change of clothing (as you will be soaking wet after the tour). What every else you bring, you will need to leave it the in bus as nothing can be bought into the cave with you.
The only down side of the ATM cave is, that you are not allowed to take pictures outside the cave nor inside the cave.
Price: 95 $ per person – despite the high price, it was money well spend!
You can read about my stay in Belize at 10 reasons why a sailing tour from Caye Caulker to Placencia is worth it!