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Travel: Actun Tunichil Muknak, Belize

Thursday, 18 October 2007

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IMG_0695, Entrance to the Cave, Actun Tunichil Muknak, Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, Belize
IMG_0695, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
Our last excursion in Belize was to a cave system about an two-hours outside of Chaa Creek. Called Actun Tunichil Muknak (or A.T.M. for short), the caves were used by the Mayans as a place of worship.

After driving out towards the A.T.M., we parked the van and hiked 45 minutes to the mouth of the caves. Once there, we hopped into the river flowing out of the cave, and swam inside. After about 100 yards, the water was shallow enough to stand up. After hiking through the water for about half a kilometer, we climbed out of the river and spent an hour walking through the formations which 2,000 years earlier were a Mayan burial ground.

The whole day was spectacular, not just the journey, but the formations and especially the Mayan artifacts left untouched for over two millennia.

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Actun Tunichil Muknak, Belize