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“Great little ruins”

Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in San Ignacio
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Owner description: This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
Wisconsin
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great little ruins”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Cahal Pech is walking distance, albeit uphill, from San Ignacio. I paid US$10 for a guide, which took about an hour for the tour. This was my first Mayan ruin, and since the excavated portion is in a consolidated location, it was easy to traverse the space and get an explanation on what the different buildings, ball courts, etc were used for. I found this to be a good basis for touring Caracol and Xunantunich later on, especially as no guides were available on a walk up basis at Xunantunich.

The Museum is small and dark, but I spent about half an hour reading the posters after my tour (which I started around 8am on a Monday morning), before other tourists arrived.

Visited January 2013
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“Worth a quick trip up the hill”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Take a taxi as it is steep climb. Nice quiet location and a small explanatory museum at the entrance. $5 fee deters locals I think. Have a coke on the terrace at the resort hotel afterwards

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Quiet and Interesting”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Something about this site reminded me of a Scottish castle; small rooms and enclosed passageways. It is a quiet site with historical interest.

Visited January 2013
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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“Mayan must”
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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Brooklyn, New York
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“Nice introduction to the maya”
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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