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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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Apex, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My husband and I really liked Cahal Pech because it showed a bit more daily living arrangement. We saw both Cahal Pech and Xunantunich in the same morning and it was a very nice balance of everyday living and ceremonial center.

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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We walked to Cahal Pech, from our rented cottage in San Ignazio. It is so close to todays "civilization" yet still so far removed from today. It is beautifully restored but still a few more mounds to uncover. We were lucky, the Tourist Police kind of adopted us and we had a very wonderful visit, full of information about the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was super neat. Unlike most Mayan Ruins these you can actually walk all around & inside them. They are not roped off in anyway.

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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went to this ruin because we couldn't get to the one we wanted to go to due to flooding. It wasn't as flashy or popular but still very interesting.

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New York, NY
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Within walking distance from downtown this is a must see while in San Ignacio, we took a cab there from our downtown hotel because it was late in the day and walked back to the hotel in the dark with no problems, San Ignacio is a safe town to walk around and the ruins are magical at sunset.

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Canton Center, Connecticut
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16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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