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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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Address: San Ignacio, Belize
Description: 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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What a surprise when you first enter the area. The guide ways Mayan and very knowledgeable about the buildings and their purpose. The area was much larger than expected.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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131 reviews 131 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

What a surprise when you first enter the area. The guide ways Mayan and very knowledgeable about the buildings and their purpose. The area was much larger than expected.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Grounds are well maintained. Friendly staff and nice displays. Walked up the hill from city center - great exercise. Very few people, quiet, peaceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

If you're staying in San Ignacio, this is an excellent half day stop. Walk up the hill towards Benque, and follow the signs to the ruins. They are half the size of Xuantunich, but well kept and very quaint. We visited these the day after Tikal, and still thought they were cool. Stop by the Iguana Park at San Ignacio... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited Cahal Pech one afternoon in January 2015. We had a great time exploring the ruins and were happy to find that there were very few other visitors there. Walking through the ruins was very peaceful and we enjoyed the quiet around us. There are beautiful trees throughout the park, giving it a distinct appearance compared... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We walked up the hill from the Iguana Hatchery to Cahal Pech after canoeing into St. Ignacio from our hotel. We'd previously taken a guided tour of Xunantunich and felt like we had a general understanding of the Mayan culture in the area. A guide was available at the entrance and seemed eager to tell us about the site. We... More 

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Crestone, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I was surprised at how good this little ruins was being so close to town. We didn't pay anything as there was no one to take our money. Be advised that the walk to get there is harder than the climb to the ruins as San Ignacio is one hilly town and it is not real close. We liked Cahal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Cahal Pech for a quick visit on our last day stay in San Ignacio. We also went there after we visited Tikal in Guatemala, off course the size of Cahal Pech does not compare to Tikal, however it is still a nice site to see, it's very close to town but you have to walk a steep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Totally worth a couple of hours in you're in San Ignacio. Pretty big site with tons to explore--climb up structures and through passageways. Our teenage kids loved it. We took a cab from town (very reasonable) and walked back since it was mostly downhill. If you've got two or three hours with nothing planned and you're in San Ignacio, go... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Many people skip stopping at this ruin in Belize, but it ranks high on my list of ruins. Cahal Pech has an incredible visitor's center filled with information about not only the ruin but the Mayan culture. The ruins here are a little different than what you might see at Tikal and Xunantunich and you can walk / climb all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A bit small area of ruins, but with the right guide it is very educational and not that much people and climbing.

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