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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited Cahal Pech on our way out of the San Ignacio area and I'm glad we made the side trip. It's so close to the town center and yet you feel like you're in a different place entirely. The day we visited we practically had it all to ourselves. The ruins are impressive and you can climb the pyramids... More

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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This was a nice surprise. It's a fair sized site but it is open and you're free to roam unlike Tulum. Some bits are restored and some are as they were which is good to see. Good value and short distance from San ignacio town.

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Belize Cayes, Belize
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This beautiful site still needs a lot more development, but that is also the advantage of this place. You can watch archeologists in action and ask them questions as they uncover new finds all the time. This is one of older Mayan cities, so after other ruins, it is interesting to step back in time.

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Kingston, Jamaica
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The breathtaking beauty of the tropical rainforest will transport you to ancient times. The site is really well preserved and gives you the chance to go in and out of rooms that were once inhabited by the Mayans. Its perfect for family fun and after your through you can visit the resort next to it for a dip in the... More

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Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had been to Mayan ruins in Mexico before but these were more complete. We were actually able to enter rooms and see how they constructed the roof.

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Dangriga, Belize
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

You can visit the place alone or with a guide. It is worth to hire a local guide. He will take you back in time with some humoristic and interesting stories about the great civilisation of his ancestors. Just at the entrance to the ruins there is a small gift shop with variety of Mayan handcrafted items. Its a bit... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a smaller site than Tikal or Caracol but very interesting to see archeologists actively working at the site.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is very accessible from San Ignacio, as it's about a mile outside of town. You can catch a taxi to Cahal Pech or you can walk up (though it is an uphill walk). The ruins are easy to navigate, and you can go on your own without a guide. I was injured when I visited, and I needed to... More

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Thatcher, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Fun to walk around the ruins - so amazing. Loved the landscape, ancient architecture, and picture-taking. This would be a photographer's dream to do a family photo shoot here!

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Belize
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Ruins is certain not the largest in Belize, but is still very cool. Cahal Pech is just out side San Ignacio Town, about a hour walk from the center of town. There is museum houses some amazing artifacts. The main area is well kept, with couple gift shops just before you enter the site. Take your time exploring this... More

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