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Inside the Cave of the Ancient Jaguar God | National Geographic ctm magazine

Archaeologists crawl for hours through tight underground passageways of Balamku to reach artifacts untouched for 1,000 years.
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Near Chichén Itzá, the Balamku cave was originally discovered in 1966, by Víctor Segovia Pinto. For unknown reasons, he sealed the cave and all records of its discovery were lost. Now, more than 50 years later, National Geographic Explorer Guillermo de Anda and his team rediscovered the cave during their search for the water table under Chichén Itzá.

Read more about the discovery in “Maya ritual cave ‘untouched’ for 1,000 years stuns archaeologists”

Inside the Cave of the Ancient Jaguar God | National Geographic

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  • So exciting with a wonderful find. Anxious to learn more when they have more to report.

  • Maria da Luz Moutinho on March 6, 2019

    Estes exploradores parecem ter elasticidade para entrar nestas grutas?? Gostaria de saber se houver próximos episódios desta exploração …O que estes artefactos nos dizem mais sobreo sub-mundo da civilização Maia que nos tempos actuais nos intriga tanto?!! A reza deu resultado…ninguém se feriu!!

  • Davion Blackburn on March 6, 2019

    😢 It's an amazing discovery.

  • Diory N on March 6, 2019

    Maya is a bird.

  • R Toguidver on March 6, 2019

    .. It's amazing what people will worship — Jaguar God ????

  • Robert Of Iceland on March 6, 2019

    Nope nope nope NOPE!!!! I´m just claustrophobic watching this…..

  • GaslitWorld f. Melissa B on March 6, 2019

    So glad thousands of places are out of the way and unknown to tourists, because millions of people don't respect anything. They think every trip is like going to a resort where someone picks up behind you and serves you.

    Inevitably, they leave toilet paper in the bushes and cigarettes butts in caves – ruining the ruins some of us truly love. I wish you needed paid certifications and orientations to travel to such places. It is a privilege to be there, not a right.

  • Pedro Jorge Almada Meléndez on March 6, 2019

    Support the project! Follow the Instagram @proyectogam

  • the commenter on March 6, 2019

    imagine the ancient mayans going inside the cave only with torches… amazing

  • CMONCMON007 on March 6, 2019

    Yesssss!!!!!.absolutely fascinating find…such peace in those caves over a millenia

  • Ô loco meu!

  • Taslim Chaudhry on March 6, 2019

    Amazing. 🇮🇳

  • erin h on March 6, 2019

    That would have been so emotional for me. Just to see those artifacts undisturbed after so long.

  • Beso Hamdy on March 7, 2019


  • Gabrielle Ross on March 7, 2019

    Maybe the entrance and passage during Mayans time are not these narrow, maybe Earth movements did this to preserve such treasures and history

  • Kim Luvcats on March 7, 2019

    A notable mens. I can't even enter caves.

  • Matthew Withum on March 7, 2019


  • Amit Kumar on March 7, 2019

    Strange… That guy at 1:20 is chanting "Shanti" which in hindi means Peace… When we Hindus worship our god we do the same…. Is there any connection between Hindu religion and Mayans 🤔

  • Bryan on March 7, 2019

    I thought I didn't have any issues in small spaces or in caves. The guy pulling himself through at 1:00 scared me a little and reminded me that I can't do that.

  • National Geographic on March 7, 2019

    Many of the artifacts appeared to remain completely undisturbed for about 1,000 years. What are your thoughts on this discovery?

  • GreatMagiciaN on March 7, 2019

    JUMANJI !!!!

  • T I on March 7, 2019


  • Grégoire Sallaz on March 7, 2019

    When I see those guys crawling for hours under a hundred rocks cubic without any safety, there are the true Indiana Jones ^^

  • NCG on March 7, 2019

    0:45 I can't even crawl for 5 mins without getting neck pain

  • Zira Risasi on March 7, 2019

    I love the history of the Maya

  • Alen P on March 8, 2019

    I’m just glad no1 💨

  • Caleb on March 8, 2019

    The cave is a time capsule. Any ancient text in it? Luckily the monotheistic invaders didn't know of the cave, if not all would have been destroyed and we won't be able to study the relics.

  • Georgina Toland on March 8, 2019

    That opening…that is the beginning of a horror film. Get on this, Hollywood.

  • Adventure on March 8, 2019

    Playing Shadows of the Tomb Raider I know where this leads

  • xXxSkyViperxXx on March 9, 2019

    hopefully no one tries to destroy them now that people know its there

  • RPDBY on March 12, 2019


  • Melanie Victoria Montoya on March 31, 2019

    jaguar god*

  • soulless vapid individual on April 1, 2019

    why isn't this as popular as pewdiepie

  • Dev Brar on December 15, 2019

    Helps me on my Native American project!

  • John A on March 16, 2020

    What if one of the guys get stuck while crawling through there?

  • Pharaoh on May 27, 2020

    Seems like they are reciting Indian Mantras.

  • Minnie Mouska on September 26, 2020

    Tlaloc was the god of rain. He also demanded sacrifice of babies. He enjoyed their tears which are so like rain. I’d guess they will find some human sacrifices in one of those chambers,and yes, the Mayans DID practice human sacrifice.There might be something in one of those caves that should stay sealed up.

  • Brook Barbour on January 5, 2021

    Why do you think they sealed it off

  • 신현종 on May 9, 2021

    못참아서 들어와따

  • MunchingStar on May 19, 2021

    My heart says their are more than 9 species of jaguar in ancient world as well as leopard

  • MunchingStar on May 19, 2021

    People hunted for their play

  • Papa muck city on October 16, 2021

    Not exciting the true artifacts go to the Vatican Smithsonian

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