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“1/2 day adventure, 5 minutes from San Ignacio”

Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in San Ignacio
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Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
Reviewed October 20, 2011

This smaller Mayan site is worth spending a 1/2 day touring. 7 BZD for taxi. Barter down to this price. They might start @ 10 BZD. Nice ballcourt area. Complex A pyramid has an awesome view. Vendor in the site has better prices then outside vendors. Better selecton too. Get your taxi to leave his cell # with the guard you pay to get in, he will call him when you are ready to leave. approx. 2.5 hours

Museum is OK. I think entrance fee was 10 BZD. Enjoy

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Reviewed October 16, 2011

This site doesn't seem to get much "play", but we immenstely enjoyed the site.

The site is outside of San Ignacio (go to outdoor market there on Saturday morning!!), about 2 hours, or so, west of Belize City.

The site has several plazas, and has received extensive restoration. You are allowed to walk over and through the site, to see the various plazas, rooms, etc.

The site has a great interpretive center, at the beginning of the tour, which is very well done, and very informative.

We went to this site, in lieu of the better known, Xunantunich (which was closed, due to a flooded river crossing), but were very impressed with the site. There are several sites in close proximity (one in Guatamala), so you could spend a day or two in the area.

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Reviewed September 25, 2011

It’s about a 20-minute walk from San Ignacio to Cahal Pech, a minor Mayan site. The museum is worth a look. If you dash around, the whole site can be visited in half an hour. But the beauty of the place is that it’s generally deserted, which encourages a leisurely pace and ruminations on the lives and civilization of the site’s builders. Trees shade most of the buildings, offering welcome relief from the sun.

This is an appetizer for Tikal and Palenque, but if you’re in San Ignacio with nothing else to do, it’s worth the trip.

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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Nice for a day trip from San Ignacio, they say 20 minutes, but it took my wife and I longer. I am 64 (had a hip replacement) and was able to do it in about 40 minutes, but we did stop to check out the fire station for about five minutes. The route is pretty well marked but the last bit is up a dirt road with large pot holes. The site is small compared to most, but there is quite a bit to see. You can easily spend a couple hours at the site. There was no tour when we were there, so we missed out on that. Did meet some young folks that were Anthropology students so that worked well. The entry fee to the site and museum was only a few dollars and the people were friendly and helpful. About half way back to town there is a casino and it is air-conditioned and has pretty cheap beer, but they will search you just like at the airport to get in. Make sure you take water to drink on the way. The site is fairly well shaded so that was nice as it is usually very hot there.

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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We spent a few hours exploring Xunantunich and wanted to see another Mayan site on our way back to Placencia. Our guide suggested Cahal Pech and we are very happy that he did! At the time we were there, they were actively excavating one of the buildings, which was very interesting to see. We have never been to a live excavation site, so it was amazing to see the way it all gets done! Cahal Pech is surrounded by trees and only a portion of it, like most Mayan sites, is excavated. It is very easy to explore, with minimal steps to climb, unlike a few of the other sites. It was a very peaceful area to walk through, with very little tourists around. There is a small museum in the visitor's center where you can view artifacts found at the site. There are a few areas where the original color is still on the interior walls! Can you imagine paint from that long ago still being visible? It's quite an incredible site. It took us about an hour to walk around the entire site. I would highly suggest it if you are ever in the area!

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