Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave

The spirits of the Maya still permeate through the abundance of artifacts found in this majestic and beautiful cave…

Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulcher) was first discovered in 1989 and intensively studied there after. The cave’s majestic natural beauty and unique Mayan artifacts made it the subject for a National Geographic documentary. It is a living museum with over 1400 Maya artifacts cataloged within the cave including pottery, tools and other ceremonial items. The bones of several sacrifical victims, adults and children, have been found here as well. The most famous of which is the Crystal Maiden, a 20 year-old female sacrifice. The main entrance resembles a Gothic double archway with an iridescent blue pool below. The Maya used this cave during the Classic Period (300-900 AD), the peak of their civilization. The entrance and its chambers were used for many of their most sacred rituals and ceremonies, as the Maya believed that caves were the portal between the human world and the world of their Gods.

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