In 2011 I got to experience the interior of Belize for 7 days. Although naturally there were MANY highlights, the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave was in the top. This cave features the famous “crystal maiden” and extends far back into the darkness beyond human vision.
This video represents the tour to the ATM Cave. Our tour Guide, Gonzo, did an excellent job of giving us the archaeological history of this cave! The audio here starts at the mouth of the cave and a description of why the Mayans worshiped in caves. The audio starts back up once we have climbed into the upper caverns – it was too wet for a camera until that point! The pictures and audio line up where possible. There’s a TON of information contained here! Someday it would be great to have a transcript of this video so that I could retain more of it! This video an hour in length, however, if you have the time and interest in Mayan caves I think there’s a ton of great information.
The conversation is mostly unabridged and the pictures line up with the audio where they can.
The pictures below are a short, short, short look at what the ATM cave can tell you about the complexities of Mayan civilization.