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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 walk around entrance fee maya site self guided couple of hours worth the trip own pace sites belize trees
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable. We were glad we stopped here. Small museum is well done. Artifacts on display and then you are on your own unless you hire a local guide. Walking distance from Cahal Pech Village Resort.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vmich1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cahal Pech is one of the smaller Mayan Ruins that I have seen but I'm so glad that I did. It is a perfect jewel that is hidden in the jungle. LOVED IT

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 890girl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the resort next door & heard about these ruins. Well, we very very pleased at just how nice they are. The little museum is quite good & walking around the ruins was wonderful. I believe you can get a guide, but...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank traya2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited these ruins in March (2019) and thought they were great! They obviously arent as big as Tikal nor as tall as Xunantunich, but they were a great set of starter ruins for our kids to enjoy before the biggies—it even has a Mayan...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LoveMy3cookies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend taking a taxi for $5 up to these ruins. We planned on walking but it was going to close soon so we took a taxi and glad we did. That hill is a beast and farther walk than you think. The place was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little excursion you can do on your own if staying in San Ignacio. We took a taxi from the other side of town for $5 USD (it’s uphill and a hot and dusty walk, otherwise). Entrance fee was $10 BZD per...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were the only ones there at the time we visited...it was amazing to wander around all on our own amongst those amazing ruins. We did a guided tour to Caracol prior to going to Cahel Pech so I felt like we had a good...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank d2016h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I suggest driving to these ruins as people who walked there had a pretty sweaty time as the hill up there is steep. As for the ruins, they were ok. Not very large area and a just a few things to see.

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

This one surprised me, a lot more extensive than expected for such a compact space and totally accessible to climb and crawl upon. More open chambers than many others and slightly different treatment of door openings.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cdwood77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in the middle of San Ignacio. The museum is well done and informative. The ruins are well kept and not crowded. There are lots of shady spots to sit and relax/reflect. It is walkable from downtown but it is a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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28 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
19 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
16 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