Journey into the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre & Lunch

Journey into the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre & Lunch

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      San Ignacio, Belize
      7.25 Hours
      Strenuous
      From (USD)
      $ 170
      • Guided tour: Head nearly a mile underground into the cave called ATM, a Mayan sacrificial site littered with crushed skulls, calcified skeletons, and sacred artifacts.
      • The Crystal Maiden: The bones of a sacrificed teenager sparkle in a protective calcite sheen near glistening stalactites, shattered pottery, tools, and ceremonial items.
      • Rainforest trek: This rainforest hike across three rivers leads to a subterranean obstacle course that involves swimming, crawling, and clambering up slippery rocks. It's no picnic but worth the effort.
      • Picnic: To make sure you're properly fortified for the physical challenges and chilling sights ahead, you'll take a break for lunch inside the cave.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.

      Helpful hints

      All participants must be fit and healthy enough for climbing, swimming and walking in dark caves for 4 to 5 hours. Not recommended for anyone who is claustrophobic.

      Getting around

      Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Tour includes uphill climbing in caves.

      Activity type

      Private Tour, Full Day, Wilderness/Wildlife, Adventure, Cultural

      Transportation used

      Generally, a 15-seat Van

      Included amenities

      Lunch
      Beverages

      Languages

      English, Spanish

      Tour ID

      TR-CAB-BLZ-SANI-EN-1003

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      All participants must be fit and healthy enough for climbing, swimming and walking in dark caves for 4 to 5 hours. Not recommended for anyone who is claustrophobic.

      Special comments

      Tour is not suitable if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.

      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.

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      San Ignacio, Belize
      San Ignacio, Belize
      San Ignacio, Belize
      San Ignacio, Belize
      Bring bug spray
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring Towel
      Wear sunscreen
      Swim wear
      Bring water shoes
      Wear comfortable shoes

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      To book this tour for a large group, visit ourGROUPS PAGE for special discounted group rates