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please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142676
04/16/02 02:20 AM
04/16/02 02:20 AM
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gogo Offline OP
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hi all---

1) is the whole site called ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL and a specific part of it IXBALBA? or vice versa? or something altogether different?

2) who else tours this site besides caves branch? how can one contact these guides?

3) what sort of tours have people taken & how much did they cost? (the cave's branch overnighter rapelling/camping/cave tour sounds amazing but i may not be able to do it because i am travelling alone.)

the collective wisdom of all who have gone before is much appreciated!


Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142677
04/16/02 06:55 PM
04/16/02 06:55 PM
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Marty Offline

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Might try Jaguar Paw, they do cave tours in the area...

we go to caves branch....

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142678
04/19/02 06:34 PM
04/19/02 06:34 PM
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We stayed at Pook's Hill Jungle Lodge near Teakettel village in the Cave Branch area last June and the owners set us up on the tour since they are friends with the guides.
Last year there where only 2 guides alowed to take tours into the cave. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave was the most beautiful,exciting, adventures and magical cave we have ever experienced and we have been to many caves around the globe. It is not for the wimpy, not so sporty or scared type of person so. You know what I mean after the tour. We loved every second of it so!!!!

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142679
04/20/02 09:22 PM
04/20/02 09:22 PM
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I just met Javier Gutierrez, a tour guide licensing trainer for the tourism board. He books mainland tours, you might email him at [email protected]

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142680
08/01/02 01:26 PM
08/01/02 01:26 PM
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The Actun Tikal Muknal (sorry, I have butchered the spelling) cave sounds fabulous! However, is it too intense and/or strenuous for kids, aged 10 and 7? If so, what are some caves that are a little easier with kids?

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142681
08/01/02 02:05 PM
08/01/02 02:05 PM
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Wait wait wait. Actun Tunijil is located in the Tapir Mtn Forest Reserve around Teakettle village off the Western Hywy. Caves Branch is in another area, outside of Belmopan.

Xibalba (spelt wrong I'm sure) is the maya word for underworld, which was reached thru caves and the roots of the Ceiba tree. The people at Caves Branch have a cave trip that is so named.

7 yr old for Actun? I don't know, depends on what your 7 yr old is like. I took an 8 yr old, but this kid has been in plenty of caves, climbed plenty of rocks, etc. Not sure this is for kids. They'll get cold and they'll be spending alot of time wet and uncomfortable doing something that is fascinating to you, but maybe not for them. I'd say your best bet for a cave trip with kids that age would be Barton Creek Cave off the Mtn Pine Ridge road.

The people at Caves Branch will not prebook a kid under 11 until they have met and seen the kid. So before you book with them, find out what the deal is for kids.

My choice for guides at Actun? Emilio Awe, hands down, without a doubt.

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Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142682
08/02/02 09:12 AM
08/02/02 09:12 AM
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gogo, don't miss the caves. inquire with guides regarding difficulty for kids.

[This message has been edited by GAY AND DAVID (edited 08-02-2002).]

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142683
08/03/02 01:07 PM
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Marty Offline

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we just went thru caves at: //

with caves branch. we had a 7 year old boy and an 11 year old girl, as seen in the pictures....

they did fine. Abel and Vita our guides were fantastic with the kids. the parents frankly had more trouble paddling upstream, but it was all glorious and very do-able....

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142684
08/03/02 01:15 PM
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Marty Offline

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you can contact mayatravel above at <[email protected]>, she certainly can take care of this for you.

Also Kristen from Mayawalk Adventure Tours, <[email protected]> does the Actun Tunichil Muknal trip.

and of course, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch at [email protected]

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 08-06-2002).]

Re: please clarify ACTUN TUNICHEL MUKNAL & XIBALBA #142685
08/05/02 06:13 PM
08/05/02 06:13 PM
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Anyone looking for caving trips ranging from family outings to hard core adventure .. look to caves branch. They modify allot of thier trips to accommodate families with children, but as Katie said, they do not "guarantee" participation of younger children until they have a chance to meet them. But as Mary said, he had just stayed at Caves Branch and his pics show his 7 year old had a blast.

Caves Branch has about 12 different caving trips ranging from rock climbing underground waterfalls to cave tubing 7 miles underground to rapelling 300 feet into the "mother of all caves" Actun Loch Tunich.

Incredible life changing experiences at Caves Branch. Adventures for everyone.

drop Ian a line and see if it'll work for you. website is


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