First let me say that ATM cave is not really "near" San Ignacio.
It's not near to anything.
Second let me say that ATM cave is "worthwhile" from any distance regardless of any amount of time needed to do it.
There were only 6 licensed guides in Belize for ATM last year when we experienced it.
The ceremonial / sacrifice area is so unbelievable. I lack the writing skills to to even begin to do it any justice.
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if you want to see the photos I have. Unfortunately most of the photos I have are not mine as my camera batteries crapped out on me during the first portion of the hike after lugging all my camera equipment and water proof bags through the jungle.
2,000 year old pots and human remains just sitting there in the wide open. No guards, no glass boxes, just your guide and your small group. INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!