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Cahal Pech, San Ignacio

#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Belize
Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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  • Weve been to many Mayan ruins- Cahal Pech is small but well preserved. Its quite close to Xunantunich, so easily done the same day. Nice place to explore up and down steps and through hallways...  more »
  • We visited Xunantunich first, and the guide told us we needed to do Cahal Pech before we left town, and it was the best recommendation we got all trip. The site was stunning. Quiet and peaceful, it...  more »
  • 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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