Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 03 - ATM Cave

The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, near San Ignacio, is a significant Mayan archeological site containing artifacts and even Mayan remains within its depths. We swam, waded, squeezed past tight formations and climbed to reach various hidden chambers. Unfortunately, cameras are no longer allowed within the cave in order to best preserve the integrity of this historical site. If you'd like to learn more about the history of ATM cave, take a virtual tour here with our guide Emile.

Here's an awkward group shot of us geared up before entering the cave:

After we got back and ate, we checked the black light traps again. Wolf spiders were a very common occurrence at night! They're big, they've got voracious appetites, and it's almost endearing to spot a female with her many babies hitching a ride...

A wolf spider feasting on its kin.

This female wolf spider carries her young on her abdomen.
This expectant mother decided to spend the night inside our dorm...

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