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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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Thatcher, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Fun to walk around the ruins - so amazing. Loved the landscape, ancient architecture, and picture-taking. This would be a photographer's dream to do a family photo shoot here!

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Belize
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Ruins is certain not the largest in Belize, but is still very cool. Cahal Pech is just out side San Ignacio Town, about a hour walk from the center of town. There is museum houses some amazing artifacts. The main area is well kept, with couple gift shops just before you enter the site. Take your time exploring this... More

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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Cahal Pech means “Place of Tricks”. The site core consists of 34 large structures. During the Classic Period, the site and its sustaining lands may have encompassed a realm of approximately 16 square km. A large collection of Formative Period figurines (1000 BC-250 AD) have been found on site. Archaeology students that where there to work on the Cahal Pech... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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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

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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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 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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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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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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