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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Don't get duped into a 'tour'.

This is a nice site, small in comparison to others. But this site is literally in the middle of San... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jason C
via mobile
More intimate site that’s worth an hour or two!

I originally thought I would skip Cahal Pech since I had been to Tikal two days prior and had gone... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Victoria W
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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“close to town” (39 reviews)
“small ruin” (18 reviews)
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San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a nice site, small in comparison to others. But this site is literally in the middle of San Ignacio town. You could walk to this site with ease. There is a small museum at the entrance that gives history and remember that every...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I originally thought I would skip Cahal Pech since I had been to Tikal two days prior and had gone to Xunantunich in the morning, however I had some extra time and decided to check it out. Without money for a guide/car, I hiked up...More

Thank Victoria W
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am not sure why some of the guide books put this place down. It was a great ruin and we have seen plenty of others.. Lots of formations tp look at and climb on!! we had a great time!!

Thank Jul151
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since the site is easy to get to from the local town, it is worth the walk over. Ruins not as impressive as some of the more major sites but a nice quiet place to visit

1  Thank K B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ruins right in San Ignacio. $5 US / person. You can get a guide onsite but we chose to do it on our own

1  Thank wildlife4me2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide walked us up the inclines to the first plaza area and wow... Start off with a wander into the rather understated and hit-and-miss visitor centre by the car park. Underclass what you are about to witness. WALK up and indulge in a well...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit if you have an afternoon or morning free. Probably wouldn’t get much traffic if it was out of town, since there are several world class sites near by.

Thank Bo W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good way to spend a few hours in San Ignacio. Walking distance from town square but lots of uphill to get there. Well maintained and can be explored on your own though a guide is recommended.

Thank SlippingSliding
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first ancient archaeological site I've visited. Cahal Pech was not one of the major or biggest Maya locations, but it was one of the oldest and longest inhabited. If you are in San Ignacio, make time to see it. The museum was...More

Thank Katyc1977
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t recall if this site required a guide or not. But a certified guide is worth it. Like with visiting any museum, someone knowledgeable that can point out the various ins and outs, share history and such is very much worth it. This particular site...More

Thank jmb_co
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Questions & Answers
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
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
Latecia R
17 November 2015|
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