The tour begins with a 45 min hike through the jungly forest and crossed the river 3 times - wet wet wet!
There were 2 groups - me, Rachel, Cari, Jane, Jess,Naomi, Clentice and Ernie in 1 group led by our Mayan tour guide Hector and the Chilean couple, Kath, Adele and 3 Canadian girls in another.
Then got to the entrance of the cave - powder room stop for the girls and 'facilitrees' for the boys! We put our dry socks on our head and then the helmets. After a little paddle swim, we were in Actun Tunichil Muknal, which means Cave of the Stone Tomb. Waded through the caves - breakdowns, amazing stalagtites meeting with stalagmites to form column, sinkholes, sparkly rocks with quartz, manganese (no TOUCHY), Bob Marley dreadlocks, Jennifer Lopez hola, calcified pottery of offerings to the rain god - it was proper teamwork to get through the caves in a line. The atmosphere was eeerry, we also saw skeletons of human sacrifices (in particular the infamous crystal maiden).
Our tour guide explained that if there were special festivals or droughts, there would be human sacrifices as offerings to the rain god. Sometimes would be self sacrifices or sometimes they would be war prisoners of all ages (even babies!)
Quote of the day
'Come to me woman, be my Valentine human sacrifice'
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