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All reviews mayan ruins close to town small ruin smaller site steep hill ruin site great site entrance fee maya site self guided worth the trip couple of hours well worth the visit own pace local guide sites belize
Cahal Pech is not one of the largest ruins in Belize, but it was very accessible and interesting. We walked there from the San Ignacio Farmer's Market. It is a short walk but wear comfortable shoes as it is mainly uphill.
Once we arrived at...More
Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Mayan sites in Belize; most of the ruins are from the Classic period, but the small museum explains the antiquity and importance of the site. Just a 10 minute taxi ride from San Ignacio town centre, it may...More
We visited Cahal Pech with a guide (Ahmed) who had been involved in the archaeological work over the last decade. He was really able to bring the place alive, without the need to resort to unsupported mythology. This is one of the smaller Mayan sites,...More
This is a great site to enjoy on your own. You don’t need a guide as there’s a terrific museum and information center on site with staff to answer your questions. A smaller site than some that you’ll see but lovely to take the time...More
These ruins are one of the great attractions of the area. The admission is reasonable. You can go with a professional guide or do a self guided tour reading and learning as you go. It is still possible to climb these ruins, take some great...More
We decided to take the self guided tour as it was only steps from our hotel. We spent 2 or 3 hours walking around, over and through the mostly excavated ruins. The museum/information building was helpful and interesting.
Cahal Pech is an undeveloped site with little interpretation. That said, if you're on the bus between San Ignacio and Benque, you can get off and walk there quite easily and it's worth the fee to poke around without a mass of tourists.
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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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
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. However, it not worth the trip if you have to travel far or have limited time. Go and see Xunantunich, but be warned they will not let you in after 3:30pm even if you're a few minutes late.
If time isn't an issue see Cahal then Xunantunich.
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
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 of the area.
It was a great trip and learned a lot!