Cahal Pech, San Ignacio

4.6
Journey back in time at Cahal Pech, one of the oldest Mayan sites in Belize. Consisting of over 30 structures, the ruins once served as the hilltop home of an elite Mayan ruling family. Wander freely through the site's many tunnels, climbing the buildings and exploring their nooks and crannies. Check out the visitor centre, where artists’ impressions of the settlement in its heyday give you sense of what life was once like here. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Our San Ignacio trip planner makes visiting Cahal Pech and other San Ignacio attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Not a recommended destination but if in San Ignacio why not walk up the hill the Cahal Pech and see the museum? It had some nice timelines in it of Maya history in the area.  more »
  • It is a nice day Activity to do if you are in the area. The site is well kept and you can safely tour without a guide.  more »
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  • I really enjoyed these ruins, even more than I though I would. As others have stated, you can't beat the price, close proximity to town and it's always a much better experience when you're free to explore the ruins without crowds. Loved the way the trees were growing and exploring the tunnels. Perfect combination of excavated and wild!
  • Beautiful ancient Mayan ruins that are well preserved. Go early in the morning for a park free of visitors and lots of dramatic views. Great spot to visit if you need to kill an hour or two in San Ignacio

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