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"Cahal Pech" Cahal Peche Tip by Paul2001

Cahal Peche, San Ignacio: 7 reviews and 9 photos

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Cahal Pech was the easist of the Mayan ruins for me to visit as it was just a 5 minute walk from my hotel. Hence it was also the first ruin in Belize that I toured on my own without the "interference" of a guide. The site is located near the top of a hill overlooking the town of San Ignacio. Like many of the Mayan ruins in Belize the site is covered with dense jungle.
Cahal Pech was occupied continuously from 1200 B.C. to 800 A.D. when like much of the Mayan world, it fell into decline. It was probably a very important town and dominated the Belize River valley.
You enter the site through a small but decent museum. Then you wander down a footpath through the jungle until you get to Plaza B. This is where you will find the Audiencia which the tallest pyramid here. Surrounding the plaza are other buildings consisting of chambers and rooms that I was able to crawl and climb around. This is something I did little of on the tours of other Mayan sites. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. You can also visit Plaza A and Plaza D which smaller but enjoyable. The site is very shady because of all the trees and a visit is therefore quite enjoyable on a hot day.
Cahal Pech is open daily from 8am to 4pm. It cost $10 to visit.

Directions: 15-20 minute walk uphill from San Ignacio

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2008
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