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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

Address: San Ignacio, Belize
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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McLean, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We were amazed at the new concrete walkways up to the site. We wanted to squeeze in an attraction during the late afternoon of our arrival in San Ignacio. Easy to get to, and not crowded in the afternoon. It was almost fully shaded by the tall trees. Entry fee is $10 BZ. Prior to entry, a guide offered his... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Cahal Pech is very close to SanIgnacio town, you can take the Benque Viejo bus from the Welcome Center or walk to the top of the hill where the Satellite towers are. Admission is $5.00 U.S.or $10 BZ. There is a nice indoor museum which explains the Cahal Pech history, so save $25 U.S. by not hiring a guide. This... More 

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We enjoyed visiting the Cahal Pech Mayan ruins while in San Ignacio. We took the advice from other reviewers, and took a taxi up the large hill to Cahal Pech. It was $10BZ/person entrance for non-locals and has a small museum and many ruins partially excavated. While it doesn't seem as "grand" as Xunantunich (we think that the trees throughout... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Smaller, nice in-town site with many buildings, temples and courtyards to visit. The museum is small with a very small collection by a great mural re-creation of the site.

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Ocheyedan, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a nice ruin site! The museum was very informative and the walk down to the ruins was nice. We didn't hire a tour guide, which might have been a little more helpful but we managed! Very neat being able to walk up and in the old ruins, you can't do that everywhere. Definitely worth a visit!

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Akron, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

When traveling to Belize San Ignacio is among the "must stops" in the country. Within a 2 hour drive from Belize City Airport San Ignacio is home of 2 of the mayan ruins that should be on everyone's list. Cahal Pech and Xunantunich with the oldest mayan ruin and easiest to transverse being Cahal Pech. For new visitors to San... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Cahal Pech is one of the smaller ruins, but well worth a visit. Arrange for a guided tour with Carlos. Rumors Guest House can set it up for you. He's a licensed guide with a wealth of information on the local ruins, including Xunantunich. He made Cahl Pech and Xunantunich come to life.

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Roman and Celt in Bristol
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This site is not one of the biggest Mayan sites, but is really accessible and near town and the museum nearby is extremely informative on general Mayan culture and history. Would defnitely recommend a trip - you can then stop at the Cahal Pech resort nearby for a cocktail after the visit!

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Ilderton
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was booked through Royal Caribbean on our cruise. An almost 6 hour tour where 4 1/2 hrs were spent driving. When we got there we had to wait 20 minutes for our guides (father & daughter team) to show up. Only the daughter arrived and she said she was sick and couldn't talk. The guide on the bus had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Cahal Pech Ruins are some of my favorite in Belize. They are easily accessible for those of us too old or lame to hike 45 minutes into the jungle. We recommend them to all our visitors as a very hands-on place where you can really walk on Mayan ground and feel as if you have stepped back in time.... More 

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