I woke up full of fear.
Firstly, Jacob, the Tucan guide, had been adamant that the day spent exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal (commonly called ATM) caves was normally a highlight of everyone’s trip. I however, am pretty claustrophobic and have never been completely happy on any cave experiences I’ve had before. I’m not sure if it’s the lack of immediate exit, the crushing feeling of being underground or the actual physical small spaces but it has often taken a lot of deep breathing to get me through the caves.
Secondly, I had to wear Crocs with socks. I couldn’t imagine anything worse.