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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 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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bev W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You can walk to these ruins Right outside the town Go at end of the day as it is the perfect way to see these structures .

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank planetgirl711
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank X2550CNjohn
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank R9821JVandrewb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful spiritual place to have a wedding or renew you vows.The guides at the village office can help with all the details. Ask for Eddie Panty that handled the John G Kennedy wedding.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 426johnk
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mcgm5050
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pisstolpete
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BethAnn01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a smaller Maya site, just at the outskirt of San Ignacio, a steep slope uphill from the highway. some very mice reconstruction work was done here. and there would still be a lot to uncover...

Date of experience: January 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
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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