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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Cahal Pech

Unfortunately the organized tour groups generally skip Cahal Pech in favor of Xunantunich. Cahal... read more

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Doug_T_88
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Quiet Ruin Close To Town

Cahal Pech doesn’t get the same recognition as the other larger sites, but it’s a must see in my... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Awahlberg
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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed today via mobile

Unfortunately the organized tour groups generally skip Cahal Pech in favor of Xunantunich. Cahal Pech is magical !! Around 2,000 years of continuous Maya occupation. If you go now (May 2018) you can watch a pre classic temple being slowly teased out of the main...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cahal Pech doesn’t get the same recognition as the other larger sites, but it’s a must see in my opinion. It is a close (all uphill) walk from the center of San Ignacio, and can be done in an hour. We went later in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cahal Pech is like 20 minutes walk from the centre of San Ignacio. There's a small museum right at the entrance. The ruins are another cca 5 minutes from there. You can climb on them as you wish but don't expect any good views -...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place happened to be empty and no guide was available. Finally the operator found one. I wouldn't recommend doing it w/o a guide.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With so many Mayan ruins scattered throughout the jungles of Mexico and the Central American countries, some taking hours and big bucks to reach, I expected Cahal Pech to be nothing more than some scattered rocks and uncovered mounds. To the contrary! While the site...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like this place because it is located in cahal pech area of san ignacio and is easily accessible by driving or simply walking up the hill. It is smaller than other ruins but it is well maintained. Lot. This is great for family picnics...More

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hired a guide from our resort, Ka'ana, and had the best time at Xunantunich. Going on your own would be just fine, but having someone knowledgeable about the culture made all the difference for us. This site was a perfect escape from the heat...More

Thank Ann B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small ruin close to San Ignacio. Walk back from there to San Ignacio to experience the neighborhood.

Thank rshartley01
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very small ruins, but I really liked the museum. The museums had cost extra at Tikal so we didn't go there, but I thought it was interesting here. Ruins themselves didn't really have anything different than what we had seen elsewhere and it was very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you get a guide for this , it makes the tour more interesting. Staff is knowledgeable and very friendly.

Thank Jason O
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Honneydog
29 November 2016|
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Response from Danny H | Reviewed this property |
No, the ruins are accessible by a path that runs at a good gradient. To full explore the ruins you might struggle up and down some of the steps but from what I remember you can walk around them on a flat surface
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amanda m
20 April 2016|
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Response from NAsolavad | Reviewed this property |
I think it opens around 9am and closes sharply at 5pm. Good little tip is to get there around 4:30 and then you can stay as long as you like after it closes. I am almost sure you might be able to visit after it closes... More
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Latecia R
17 November 2015|
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Response from acee53 |
We took the cruiseship tour. It was worth it! We went in an air-conditioned bus with a local tour guide who is a professional in archaeology and very knowledgeable in everything related to the Mayan ruins and the history... More
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