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Cahal Pech Maya Site & Museum
Cahal Pech Maya Site & Museum

Cahal Pech Maya Site & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize

The Basics

Cahal Pech (which means "place of ticks" in Mayan) boasts seven plazas and more than 30 structures; the tallest temple is about 82 feet (25 meters) high, and was built around a central acropolis. Before visiting the sight, you can find information on Cahal Pech, and Maya history and daily life in the on-site museum. Tours of the ruins usually combine a visit with other outdoor activities, such canoeing on the Macal River.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Ignacio

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Tour guide picked us up...
Jaspret_B, Apr 2022
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech from San Ignacio
Tour guide picked us up at hotel and gave amazing insightful tour. So much local knowledge really helps make it pop
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Exciting and Amazing Tour
pbranch2012, Jul 2019
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech from San Ignacio
The guide was extremely polite and professional. He was very knowledgeable about the Ruins and history of the Mayan. Thanks my guide Rudolpho Juan my sister and l now have a better understanding of our family’s Mayan History. I would definitely repeat tour again with my other family members. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is adventurous, loves historical sites and wants to learn about the Mayan’s Contribution to History.
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Loved this!!!
Trail16404799890, Jun 2019
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech from San Ignacio
Carla is amazing!!! She was very knowledgeable and made our tour very fun! She was sensitive to the needs and limits of our group. She made us feel at home and comfortable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You can easily explore the site in an hour because the ruins are contained with a compact area.

  • Birdwatching is a popular activity here, with the chance to spot hummingbirds, parrots, birds of prey, and migratory birds.

  • Bring insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes to explore the site.

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How to Get There

Cahal Pech is close to the Macal and Mopan rivers and about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the neighboring site of Xunantunich. The ruins are within walking distance of San Ignacio, about a mile (1.6 kilometers) up a steep hill, and take five to 10 minutes to reach. You can also grab a taxi to the entrance from town.

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When to Get There

This archaeological site isn’t as popular as other sights in Belize like Caracol and Xunantunich, so you will probably not encounter many other tourists. If birdwatching is on your agenda and it’s a hot day, plan to arrive in early morning or late afternoon, because birds are more active when it’s cooler.

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Caracol

Located near the Guatemalan border, about a 2.5-hour drive from Cahal Pech, the ancient Maya city of Caracol is the largest archaeological site in Belize. It includes more than 35,000 structures, five plazas, and plenty of jungle. It’s trickier to access than Cahal Pech and requires a military escort because of its proximity to the border.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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