ATM Cave Tour

Posted By: hazzyy

ATM Cave Tour - 10/04/11 08:32 PM

I have some family coming to visit us in Feb. Anyone have any suggestions on how to go about doing the ATM cave tour. The cheapest route? I know you can fly directly from SP but that's more $$$ than I'd like to spend. Anyone ever take the tour from the mainland. Can I drive out to ATM and get a tour guide on site? Any input would be great. Thanks in advance.
Posted By: elbert

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/04/11 09:00 PM

The flight out of San Pedro is just out to Municipal Airport and its there you will most likely meet the tour company and go by van/cab to the site.
I don't think you can go to the ATM and meet a guide, best to get an organized tour, too many obstacles if you don't.
might save a few bucks taking the water taxi to Belize city.
I'll bet Katie Valk can fix you up!
Posted By: Dwight K Schrute

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 02:08 PM

I find this all very misleading. I took the cave tour and was running low on cash. I couldn't find an ATM anywhere around there.
Posted By: elbert

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 02:14 PM

More guys with a sense of humor are always welcome :-)
On the serious side lots of folks ask about ways to do things cheaper like the trip from international to San Pedro, and they usually just end in spending a very few less dollars for a helova lot more aggravation and time wasted.
In the case of the ATM trip I think its impossible to do independent, just gona hafta pay the price!
Posted By: shuffles

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 02:17 PM

Arrange the tour through the proper channels. Totally agree with Elbert. The trip is awesome, and you do have to fly into Municipal to get the guide, but it's worth the price. Discovery Expeditions can arrange the whole group for you. They will even pick you up in the morning and take you to the airstrip.
Posted By: Dwight K Schrute

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 02:22 PM

Thank you Elbert, you are one of the few that "get it"
Posted By: lorenzogonzalez

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 02:23 PM

You can't go to the ATM and meet a guide... you need to catch a water taxi and arrange a pick up when booking the tour with a Belize City tour operator.

Or... stay overnight in San Ignacio and book a tour with Pacz. (
Posted By: seashell

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 04:02 PM

I'm with you, spend a night or two in San Ignacio area, and go with a well recommended tour guide. The ATM cave trip was one of the best experiences of my travels. I feel it is a must do.
Posted By: Phil

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/05/11 05:14 PM

ATM is in my view one of the best Belize tours available for those fit and interested enough. Do it justice and stay one or two nights at Pooks Hill Lodge which is just downstream from the Cave. They have family sized accommodation that are very reasonable and it's our favourite mainland getaway tucked away in prime jungle, tons of wildlife all around as it butts against a large National Park making thousands of acres of untouched forest and the Lodge is set around a Maya ruin on Roaring Creek.
Posted By: seashell

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/07/11 06:17 AM

Phil, great advice! Not only do I agree that it is one of the best Belize tours, it is one of the best I have done in the world.
Posted By: Phil

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/07/11 04:25 PM

Belize. World Class..............
Posted By: blueeyeddragon

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/08/11 02:16 AM

Got to point out another advantage of doing the ATM trip from Pooks Hill lodge is that, as they are practically on the cave's door step, you get there with your guide hours before the bus loads of people from San Ignacio. It makes the experience 100 times better.

Got to add agree with people above, it's one of the best trips in Belize (whether you do it from Pooks Hill or not)

Watch out, the price of cave entrance went up quite a bit earlier this year (that's the official government cost so nothing tour operators can do but pass it on)
Posted By: BrusselSprout

Re: ATM Cave Tour - 10/08/11 02:38 AM

I am DYING to go on this trip...maybe when it gets a bit less rainy. I eagerly await the best (and cheapest way) to get there.
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