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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Well Worth the Visit

If in San Ignacio this is an incredible site and is definitely worth seeing. Was pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
VancouverRod
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Vancouver, Canada
Easy tour to do on your own!

If you find yourself in the San Ignacio area with a car, feel secure in visiting Cahal Pech Mayan... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ChasInLucca
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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good38%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“close to town” (42 reviews)
“mayan ruins” (112 reviews)
“small site” (37 reviews)
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San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If in San Ignacio this is an incredible site and is definitely worth seeing. Was pleasantly surprised when I visited. It is just on the outskirts of town and a two-minute walk from the Cahal Pech Resort. An easy walking tour with the opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you find yourself in the San Ignacio area with a car, feel secure in visiting Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins on your own. It is not far out of town and the little ferry ride across the river is a fun adventure in itself. Be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently my parents and I visited the Cahal Pech ruin, while staying in San Ignacio. We weren’t expecting a large, expansive ruin, as it was right in town and literally 2 minutes up the road from our accommodation. To our pleasant surprise it turned out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Less impressive than Xunantunich and Caracol, Cahal Pech is definitely still worth visiting, with interesting architecture. It was a significant Mayan settlement for 2000 years. It is an easily accessible, fascinating ruin, with an excellent small museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small museum, great ruins. Fun to explore -- my kids enjoyed being able to wander the site at will. No didactic information outside the museum (on the site itself), so be certain to review the museum exhibits and/or hire a guide.

Thank edumser
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great ruins! 2 miles out of San Ignacio. Awesome buildings. We didn't have a guide for this one. It was lovely to explore on our own.

Thank Desi S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Xunantunich and Cachal Pech on the same day. Our family was divided over which one they preferred! We skipped the offer of a tour at the office, but while we were there we got talking to one of the guides on the grounds...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like the fact that it is located right in town, you don't have to drive far, like other ruins to get there. We went late afternoon, the place was quiet and cooler. A really hands-on place where you can touch, climb and also explore...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not planned to go but the house we rented was right next door so decided to check it out. We hired a guide on site. He was amazing. Such a treasure. Very glad we went.

Thank Lynn D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really liked Cahal Pech because unlike some of the other ruins you can climb all over them and go into the rooms to explore. It was also totally empty while we were there which was peaceful. It would be a great spot to take...More

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Honneydog
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
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amanda m
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
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Latecia R
17 November 2015|
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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
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