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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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pleasant "starter" ruin

This is a small Maya ruin so if you've already seen some of the larger Maya ruins like the ones at... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2016
Barbara L
El Cerrito, California

This was an excursion we booked through carnival and it was a very good choice. We were pretty much... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2016
Wyoming, Michigan
via mobile
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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a small Maya ruin so if you've already seen some of the larger Maya ruins like the ones at Caracol, Tikal, or even Xunantunich this one will be underwhelming. However, it's a very pleasant place to wander around - off the beaten path,...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

This was an excursion we booked through carnival and it was a very good choice. We were pretty much the only group there (12 people) for the first 45 mins or so and that was great for pictures and tour even if you get more...More

Thank Samijojo7037
Reviewed 16 April 2016

We had a guide from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel show us the site. It has a wonderful little museum on site to explore and the ruins are a great side trip if you are also seeing Xunantunich that day. Simply another worthwhile Mayan site...More

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 13 April 2016

The ruins were my first and I was very impressed. We started off with a military escort so make sure you are there by 9:00 am to check. They will take you to the ruins. We did not have a guide set up prior and...More

Thank luvtravel2016
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We combined a visit to Cahal Pech with a tour of Xunantunich. Cahal Pech is smaller. but has some interesting things to see.If you can do both ruins, you should, as you will see and learn more. Our guide was from our resort, Victor from...More

Thank LeslieMa
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We enjoyed the visit with our two kids. The site was beautiful with paved paths and shade. The museum is small but nicely done. I wish we had made arrangements for a guide but still enjoyed the visit. Bathrooms were clean. When we went there...More

Thank k h
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Different ruins since you can climb through the "royal family" home. Located close to Cahal Pech Village Resort

Thank rdesai7
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Cahal Pech, which means "Place of Ticks", as it was once surrounded by grazing land used by tick-infested cattle, dates from around 1000 BC, making it the oldest known Mayan archeological site in the Belize River Valley. It is a beautiful site and worth the...More

1  Thank heyjudithz
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Cahal Pech is not as large or ornate as some of the other sites, but the location in San Ignacio is great, and the ruins can be quite picturesque. Unlike some of the other ruins, all of the areas I can think of were open...More

Thank CocoConeco
Reviewed 5 April 2016

2nd day of staying in san ignacio so we thought that after doing xunantunich the day before so it was great to do another ruin visit. this time we went up the hill to Cahal Pech walking!!!! great exercise. amazing views. all the structures were...More

Thank Kiki D
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Hi, would love to visit these ruins. I have had double knee replacement so climbing may be an issue. Must I climb alot to see these ruins?
29 November 2016|
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Response from Danny H | Reviewed this property |
No, the ruins are accessible by a path that runs at a good gradient. To full explore the ruins you might struggle up and down some of the steps but from what I remember you can walk around them on a flat surface
amanda m
What are the hours of operation for the ruins and for the museum?
20 April 2016|
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Response from NAsolavad | Reviewed this property |
I think it opens around 9am and closes sharply at 5pm. Good little tip is to get there around 4:30 and then you can stay as long as you like after it closes. I am almost sure you might be able to visit after it closes... More
Latecia R
How do you get there if you're traveling by cruise? Is there a taxi that takes you to this area?
16 November 2015|
Response from acee53 |
We took the cruiseship tour. It was worth it! We went in an air-conditioned bus with a local tour guide who is a professional in archaeology and very knowledgeable in everything related to the Mayan ruins and the history... More