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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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All reviews mayan ruins close to town small ruin smaller site steep hill great site ruin site entrance fee maya site self guided couple of hours worth the trip well worth the visit own pace local guide sites belize
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit and easy access by road. You only need a guide if you want the full detail in all the site.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dashrw
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having been to Caracol and Xunantunich, Cahal Pech did not impress. However, the fact that is just about "downtown" San Ignasio made it easy to get to.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank chassauer1
Reviewed 5 days ago

Do not recommend this site for travelers that use a wheelchair. There are many steps into ruins that can not be negotiated without much help.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adam d
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We walked to Cahal Pech from downtown. Totally doable, although uphill! The visitors center was super nice and full of info. The grounds were beautiful. It was very easy to walk around and enjoy the experience. We did not take a tour and just took...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank darlene08
Reviewed 6 days ago

About 3/4 hour from the port, this is a fine location to visit. Ruins are hundreds of years old, and continue to be excavated. They show low pyramids and an ancient ball court - a game that was popular among Mayan people.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank iTravelkeen
Reviewed 6 days ago

While there are literally dozens of important Maya sites, this one's accessibility makes it very attractive.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ted K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got dropped off herein afternoon and spent an enjoyable 2 hours in the museum and wandering the site. As we had already had a guided tour of another ruin we skipped the guide. It is a beautiful historical park and a good little museum....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeannette S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although one of the smaller ruins in the area, this is a great spot to stop to check out a more untouched and less busy ruin. You can weave through the mazes of rooms and they have a nice museum at the entrance.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank VetGirl08
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small Mayan gem, close to town - and within walking distance. Easy and small to walk around. It would be helpful to have a guide if this is a fist visit to ruins.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank annacarolinawalks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This rather small ruin site is an amazing quick stop when in San Ignacio. Firstly, you can walk there from the town center and then it is only like 5usd entrance and there are barely any people there. So you have it almost for yourself....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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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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