Journey into the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre & Lunch
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Enter the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher and you are braving Xibalba (place of fear), home of Maya's most feared deities, the Lord of Death and his not-so-nice assistants. To the Maya, it was the entrance to hell and on this tour you'll hike, swim and climb all the way in.
To appease the Maya's gods of agriculture, they ventured deeper and deeper, closer to their rain god, Chaak. The number of sacrifices increased around 900 A.D., coinciding with a drought that may have been their ultimate undoing. To pass deep into the cave, they had to overcome a river of scorpions, a house of jaguars, and a game played with balls made of blades.
Over three miles deep, Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is filled with evidence of brutal human sacrifice: infants, children, and adults, most clubbed in the skull to appease the gods who brought life-giving rain.
You'll see countless ceramic shards, the shattered remains of burial urns peppered with "kill holes" to release the spirits; 14 skeletons, including the calcified remains of the Crystal Maiden, long presumed to be an 18-year-old girl but now thought to be a boy; and the altars that collected the blood of tribal priests who cut their own tongues.
Those Mayans really wanted it to rain.
Looks to die for
Mayan sacrificial ritual required the purity of young, primarily female victims. Appearance mattered, too: Several children's skulls in the ATM cave are slightly elongated, evidence of the ancient Maya custom of binding newborns' heads between two boards. Crossed eyes were also deemed attractive, so parents would hang an object just above children's noses to create the effect.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.