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Cahal Pech, San Ignacio

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#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Belize
Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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Journey back in time at Cahal Pech, one of the oldest Mayan sites in Belize. Consisting of over 30 structures, the ruins once served as the hilltop home of an elite Mayan ruling family. Wander freely through the site's many tunnels, climbing the buildings and exploring their nooks and crannies. Check out the visitor centre, where artists’ impressions of the settlement in its heyday give you sense of what life was once like here. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Our San Ignacio trip planner makes visiting Cahal Pech and other San Ignacio attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It’s much smaller and older then many of the other sites but that certainly adds charm to a visit to Cahal Pech. Very easy to visit on your own but please do go with a guide otherwise it’s just a... 
    It’s much smaller and older then many of the other sites but that certainly adds charm to a visit to Cahal Pech. Very easy to visit on your own but please do go with a guide otherwise it’s just a...  more »
  • Cahal Pech is a little off the beaten path. It doesn't seem to be a major tourist attraction, but the ruins are in amazing shape. You can easily spend 30-45 minutes taking it all in. It's right in....  more
    Cahal Pech is a little off the beaten path. It doesn't seem to be a major tourist attraction, but the ruins are in amazing shape. You can easily spend 30-45 minutes taking it all in. It's right in....  more »
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  • We drove from Placencia to San Ignacio for the day to see the city and visit the ruins. These were a great option because we had a 3 year old with us. We had the whole site to ourselves on a Thursday morning. The staff were friendly and doing a great job of maintaining the property. The ruins are gorgeous and so much fun to walk around in and climb up. My son enjoyed playing hide and seek. It was $5 USD per person and well worth it! This is a great alternative to the ruins that are a little bit farther away and less safe for younger children. They were stunning!
  • A short walk from town and 10 Belize dollars for foreigners to enter, 5 for locals. A beautiful site right outside the city. The ruins are perfect for exploring. Our kids loved being able to walk into and through most of the ruins which are very well maintained. The people working there are super kind, the grounds are beautiful and mostly shaded and the restrooms were very clean too. A must visit for anyone in the area.

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