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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in San Ignacio
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We stayed in San Ignacio this past November 2014. Our vacation rental was close to Cahal Pech which made it handy to get to. In fact we could just pop over a few times. What made this so outstanding is that a lot of excavation has taken place and you could climb and wander to your heart's content. There are... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Compared to many of the maya sites, this one is easy to get access - it's right in San Ignacio... My kids loved this site.. It has lots of stairs, rooms, etc... Almost maze like so the kids really like to explore the site.

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Idaho Springs, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I hiked up to Cahal Pech from Maya Mountain Lodge. It was well worth it. This is one of the smaller mayan ruin sites, but it wasn't crowded and you can wander around at your leisure. The small museum at the entrance is very nice with quite a few exhibits.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Hiked here from San Ignacio. Took about an hour or so but was worth the climb up the hill. The ruins are beautiful and very intricate with lots of rooms on each building to explore. There are guides available for hire here. Not sure how much but may be worth it as there are not signs at this site explaining... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

One of the smaller mayan ruin sites but well preserved and found it to give a great idea of how they lived at the time

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We drove to Cahal Pech after visiting Xunantunich. After reading some reviews referring to it as a "smaller" archeological site, I found it to be larger than I expected. While not as impressive as El Castillo at Xunantunich, the Cahal Pech site is worth a visit. There are areas where you can still see the red pigment used to paint... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a very easy Maya ruin to visit and doesn't take long to see. Allow an hour. Not as impressive as some of the larger cities, but well worth a visit.

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Novato, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is within the corner of San Ignacio, up a steep hill. I guess that is why only 2 other people were walking through the ruins. Enjoyed the privacy to explore. Even if you visit Xunantunich and Tikal, stop by. It is a little different having the ruins to yourself.

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Oriental, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Our guide was a local native who knew everything about the site and projected his enthusiasm on us. This site helped us better understand the daily life of the ancient Mayans and other sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We had already spent two days at Tikal when we walked up the hill to spend the afternoon at Cahal Pech. They are quite different and both are very much worth the visit. The museum is informative and its display of artifacts is quite impressive while wandering through the site itself was like a quiet stroll through a lush green... More 

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