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Address: San Ignacio, Belize
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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving...

This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.

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Gem within the city

What a surprise it was to find ourselves within the plazas of ancient Mayans right in San Ignacio! For a small fee, visitors stroll among the ruins and tropical grounds that are... read more

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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a surprise it was to find ourselves within the plazas of ancient Mayans right in San Ignacio! For a small fee, visitors stroll among the ruins and tropical grounds that are being improved and preserved for people of all abilities to encounter.

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Richardton, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Cahal Pech in January. You can explore on your own or for an additional fee one of the guides near the entrance will be happy to show you around and provide information about the history of the ruins. You can walk and climb on all the pyramids and ruins on the property. Although Cahal Pech is not as... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The welcome center was modest but nice and the entry fee was only $5 USD per person. Nice bathrooms and well maintained path to access the ruins. We saw toucans and parrots, even though we went in the afternoon (we're told it is a great place for birding in the morning). Ruins were interesting, even for non history types. We... More 

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unlike Xunantunich, which is great, this sight still has the feeling of being virgin. Just outside town it is a beautiful quiet spot. The museum is well laid out and informative. I hope they don't spoil this spot with over grooming.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WE stayed at The Cahal Pech hotel, right next to this ruin. The visitor center is great- we learned alot about the Mayan culture just from this museum. We walked around without a guide- you'll be approached to have one, but I don;t think its necessary.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I walked to the site for 8.30am - although it opens much earlier at 6am. Its a great time to visit as it is so quiet and I pretty much had the place to myself for a good 30mins before I spotted other visitors! Atmospheric and distinctive you are able to explore the various plazas and get a greater understanding... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

These ruins are better preserved than the larger site at Xuantunich but most likely it is because they were discovered in the 1950's whereas the others were uncovered in the 1800's. This museum explains more and displays a mural that shows how vivid the original colors were. Again, a good guide can fill in the gaps and provide details that... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cahal Pech is very close to downtown San Ignacio, just a short walk up a hill. If you have seen many Maya sites, this probably won't be the most interesting, but it's still being excavated so who knows what else they will uncover soon. The site itself is rather small but there are lots of areas of the actual temples... More 

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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a beautiful place! Staff was great as was the food AND the view from our balcony. Beautiful pools and grounds.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Cahal Pech is a good starting place as it is smaller than most of the sites in Belize. Head there first thing in the morning to have the place to yourself.

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