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“Mayan must” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
San Ignacio, Belize
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in San Ignacio
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
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Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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“Mayan must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Cahal Pech is easily accessible right in San Ignacio. Since my last visit there they have upgraded the visitors center where they have artifacts and history of area. A sidewalk leading out to the ruins has also been added which is nice on rainy days. A must see to learn more about Mayan life. Ask a local guide to give you the tour-there are usually a few at the site. It makes all the difference in understanding of how life was lived by the amazing and intriguing Mayan people.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice introduction to the maya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Walk up a steep hill to this site and reap the rewards. First is a small gallery with brief and informative displays about the maya in Belize. Then tour the site with six large structures that you can climb and walk around. There are very few people there, on Saturday, we had this place to ourselves for a couple of hours. Now that we have had a taste of the ruins, we are looking for more!

Another neat aspect is that this is definitely an archeological work in progress and you can see the difference between the excavated and still buried portions of the structures. Well worth a few hoursand 10 Belize dollars.

Visited January 2013
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“A small but impressive site with a great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

While not the best Mayan site in the area, it was an important site and should not be missed. One of the best features is the museum at the visitors center, which I found to be the best overall museum of all the Mayan sites in Belize. Don't skip or rush the museum part. Great info and exhibits there!

Visited January 2013
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Syracuse, New York
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“Explore at your leisure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is not one of the grand Mayan ruins but you can easily walk there from the town and explore the site at your leisure without contending with crowds. It gives you a sense of the presence of so many Mayan sites in the area, with large farming populations quickly reclaimed by the jungle. Because it was uncrowded and we could take our time, it was actually more enjoyable than some of the grander sites.

Visited January 2013
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“Surprisingly interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We got here late and had time only for about a 45 minute tour before dark. We hired a guide and he turned out to be an archaeology college student on holiday break. It was a wonderful tour full of knowledge, especially as he was part Mayan. This site, although small, in many ways is more impressive than Caracol. Perhaps it is because it is much more on a personal scale. It is also earlier in date. Do not miss this gem, as it is easily accessible - only one short section of dirt road!

Visited January 2013
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