We stayed at Cahal Peche for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Summary: The hotel is comfortable, the food delicious ,the staff superb and prices reasonable. It's a great base for exploring the region.
Details: Stay in a thatched roof cabana if you can. While furnishings are plain, the beds are comfortable and there is a separate bathroom. Our room had both a ceiling fan and A/C and flat-screen TV. Best of all there is a roomy screened-in patio with a hammock and a couple of deck chairs. It's wonderful to be surrounded by nature. While we had no problem with noise at night, a couple of friends in other cabanas were mildly annoyed by barking dogs and a crowing rooster.
The food in the restaurant is good. Breakfast is buffet style with eggs, potatoes, beans, fruit and other items. It's tasty, but if you get tired of the same lineup every day, you might try one of the restaurants down the hilll in San Ignacio for a change of pace. We would recommend Martha's and their banana pancakes for that. At Cahal Peche, the nachos appetizer is terrific and the dish featuring fish layered between fried plantains is a must try. From the bar, try their specialty drink -- a Belizian snow, which comprises white rum, triple sec, coconut cream, lime juice and lime zest.
You can relax at one of the three pools just off the bar/restaurant area and you can get pool towels at the front desk. You can book tours of ruins, cave tubing, etc.,right at the hotel desk. We went to the Xunantunich ruins with Kodi Ireland as our guide and we highly recommend him. He's very knowledgeable and friendly. The housekeeping staff visits every day. One little downside is that wireless internet is not available in the rooms. There are a couple of computers at the front desk for guest use and you can get on the net around the bar and restaurant area.
Be aware that the resort is at the top of a very steep partially paved road. While we walked into and out of town several times (and were greeted by nearly every person we passed), some people might find this physically challenging. Taxis are readily available at anywhere from $5 to $10 Belize (about half that amount in US dollars). The Cahal Peche ruins are literally within walking distance of the resort, only a short way down the hill. Be sure to visit the museum as well as the ruins.
I can't say enough about the resort staff. They are so friendly, helpful and hardworking and will make your vacation special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cahal Pech Village Resort is located in the heart of the Mayan world, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. We offer professionally guided tours of local and other Mayan ruins in English and Spanish, as well as access to Mayan Healing, Culture and Art. We also offer Eco-tours, Jungle Adventure, Horseback Riding, Reef Diving and more. Relax at our Pool, or see Belize’s Beaches and Caves, Waterfalls, Sink Holes and Zoo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cahal Pech Village Hotel San Ignacio
- Hotel Cahal Pech Village
- Cahal Pech Village Resort Belize/San Ignacio