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anitahsieh1 Guys, the #Mayans got me. Etched tribal markings on my forearm and now I'm next up to be sacrificed in hopes of rainfall. But in all seriousness, I wish I could have brought my camera with me to the caves. The limestone formations are all dusted with a light coating of sparkling calcium carbonate and impersonate ripples of upside down, solid waterfalls, riverbeds, and beads of water. The vastness really astonished every face in there, and while it was difficult to prioritize to either pay attention to your guide and group or gaze endlessly into the intricate bubbling waves that decorated the cave ceiling.The caves were not only of natural wonder, but also of religious and culture importance to the Mayan people, as it was viewed as a haunted and sacred place that can only be entered by holy people. Naturally it became a place of worship and realm of gods, where offerings escalated from kernels of corn and seeds to human sacrifices. Broken jars, storage pottery, blood letting plates, flint and obsedian tools, and human remains scattered deep in the cave and solidified to the surface. Of course, these view doesn't come easy, it was accompanied by a multi terrain trek: crossing rivers by foot, looking out for sudden wildlife pounces in the jungle, swims to the cave entrances, scaling and squeezing by these amazing cave formations, in near pitch darkness, to only be guided by our wavering headlights. Perhaps the most adventurous thing I've ever done and SO recommended for the thrill seeker and/or culture enthusiast. #atm #ActunTunichilMuknal #belize #sanignacio 5d

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  •   patricktalley This image lit by light from my helmet as there is a "no flash" policy in this cave of Mayan Artifacts 2w
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crissa_addams TWO WEEK COUNTDOWN. "Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most impressive and artefact-rich Maya ceremonial caves ever found, containing rare bloodletting altars used in sacrifices by Maya royalty and over 1400 catalogued artefacts as well as sacrificial human remains. The ATM Cave is home to the famous “Crystal Maiden” the intact skeleton of a young female that, due to a covering of calcium carbonate, sparkles eerily in the lamp light." 2w

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loveroflovelies Day 30 - thought I'd #lost these, came across them randomly tonight! #fmsphotoaday #belize #actuntunichilmuknal 1mon

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booksurf Happy Anniversary, my husband! From adventures that require helmets and passports, to the every day events that need nothing but you, me, and our silly sense of humor... you make every moment feel like a good dream that I really do not want to wake up from. I am so happy and fortunate that I get to spend the rest of my life with you. @protodojo #spelunking #belize #ActunTunichilMuknal #anniversary 2mon

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emilymahoney Amazing day at Actun Tunichil Muknal! Hiking, swimming through a cave and Mayan ruins for 6 hours! 2mon

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priscilla_nyc Trekking #ActunTunichilMuknal (ATM) with our jungle survival superhero, Patrick. Hike, swim, rock climb. #nophoto #unbelizeable #kaanabelize #kaanaresort 3mon
  •   kaanabelize ATM is definitely unBelizeable! ;) 3mon

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4mon bellaabr
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bellaabr a skull of a mayan sacrificial victim in actun tunichil muknal #belize 4mon

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theprfectionist The entrance into #ActunTunichilMuknal cave in #Belize. What an amazing once in a lifetime experience. We even saw artifacts & human remains. Animal life in the cave includes a large population of bats, large freshwater crabs, crayfish, catfish and other tropical fish

#Belize #SanIgnacio #wanderlust #travel #hiking #caves #unbelizeable #youbetterbelizeit
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theprfectionist Do you like our incredibly sexy #Teva water shoes?? We illegally snuck in a pic before our all day trek through the #ActunTunichilMuknal cave in #Belize. That helmet saved my life a few times. #YouBetterBelizeIt UnBelizeable #caves #hiking 4mon

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theprfectionist We walked 1 hour to this cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM) & crossed 3 rivers. Then hiked, swam, climbed & crawled 1 mile inside the cave, which was about 400ft below the earths surface. #Belize #UnBelizeable #YoubetterBelizeIt #hiking #adventure #vacation #Caves #ActunTunichilMuknal 4mon

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alexandrawieckowski Spent the day crawling through the ATM caves in the jungle. So awesome. Photos aren't allowed in the park or caves because it's a spiritual site for Mayan rituals and sacrifices. 5mon

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alexandrawieckowski Driving through the beautiful countryside to the ATM caves. #belize 5mon

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cahalpechresort Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave - one of the most popular caves in Belize and the world! Visit our website www.cahalpech.com for more information. #belize #atmcave #actuntunichilmuknal #cavesinbelize #cahalpech #resort 7mon

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11mon karilabello
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karilabello Ancient Maya pottery found within Actun Tunichil Muknal...'Cave of the Stone Sepulcher' in the Cayo District of Belize. This is called the Monkey Pot because of the monkey insignia...this is a trademark of sorts. This potterer's work was found as far away as Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico. 11mon

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