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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in San Ignacio
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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Canton Center, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Cahal Pech is a ruins with escavation still in progress. While none of the structures individually had the impressive impact of Xunantunich, it presented a better feel of a Mayan village. This was especially true of the royal quarters section where the maze of rooms was quite visible. If you are in San Ignacio, it is easily walkable from most... More

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ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A short walk uphill from San Ignacio, it's a small complex but well worth a look especially as a starter Mayan ruin.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Walk in the past at these Mayan ruins. Enjoy walking through their sports arenas, and through their rooms, up and down stairs, in and out of their temples. Take shoes with descent grip. Museum is good as well, very informative. The Belizean people are very knowledgeable about their history. You'll notice this in and out of the museums.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Canal Pech is an easy uphill walk from San Ignacio town, or you can take a taxi. It is surprisingly very intact with some great structures to wander through. Really enjoyed exploring this site. The visitor centre also quite informative. Good views from the verandah of the visior centre.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you're walking in the middle of day from SI, it will be VERY VERY HOT! But its worth it! Not at big as Xuntantunich, but the restoration gave an exciting site to wander and explore. You can actually walk up and down steps and through doorway into many rooms!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Cahal Pech isn't as immediately impressive as Xunantunich but once you learn the history of the place you become awed by the amount of history that took place on the location. Worth seeing, especially in tandem with Xunatunich.

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Southaven, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to this site. Not a bad hike compared to others. But is still worth the trip!! Bring some cash for the small shop on the exit side of the Ruin. Some of the best prices for souvenirs were here. Water bottle is a must. Restrooms are available when you first get there and were clean... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Nothing to dislike here. It's big enough and sufficiently excavated for you get a very good idea of how things were laid out (especially the royal palace), and some insight into the daily life of the people who lived and worked in these cities. Being so close to town, there are good facilities and refreshments available here too.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

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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