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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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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Cahal Pech "Place of ticks" has approx. 34 large structures. The structures are in various states of being excavated, restored/preserved. The small museum houses some beautiful artifacts. Various University students were conducting a dig while we visited; they invited us to come closer and spoke about their recent finds. A fun and easy day trip.

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Burbank, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This site is within walking distance of the town....unless you like to hike up mountains take a taxi up and then walk down.

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It is so close to the town center you can simply walk up to the ruins. It is not quite as spectacular as some of the other bigger ruins in Central America but it is still well worth seeing the amazing archaeological excavations. From start to finish this site can be done (with travel) in less than 3 hours.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Cahal Pech may not be as big or have the same recognition as Tikal, Caracol, Xunantunich or some of the other local Mayan ruins sites, but it still offers an amazing look at history. Cahal Pech is actually one of the oldest sites in Belize has some unique tunnels, chambers and rooms to explore that you won't find at other... More

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Wenonah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stopped here after a 3 hour guided tour of Xunantunich. Was perfect faster visit of smaller ruin. No guide, but still beautiful.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It's a 15 minute walk out of town, and there is a lot to explore. If you do walk, when you get to the big intersection with a gas station and an ice cream shop, look for a small monument picture sign, to tell you which road to take up to the monument.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My lady and I pretty much just stumbled upon Cahal Pech while out for a walk one day... We followed the road signs, walked up the steep hill, and decided to pay the entrance fee to the park to see what it was all about. Our stroll was in a light rain, which felt great, and it was a really... More

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you go right before sunset you'll have the park to yourself and amazing views. Much of the park is currently under excavation (aren't they all?) but there is still quite a bit to see and it is right in town. If you're not in great shape (or you don't feel like hiking up a very steep hill, take a... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a relatively small Mayan site, but it's worth a visit, particularly if you have a chance to talk to the archeologists who are working there during the day. Great opportunity to see a working site, and what the ruins look like as they are being excavated.

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Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We saw Xunantunich, ATM Cave and Tikal all in the same trip to Belize. While Cahal Pech was interesting, I would rank this 4th on the Mayan cultural excursions we participated in. There is nothing wrong with it but I think our time was much better spent at Tikal and ATM.

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