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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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cool Mayan Ruins

Very worthwhile trip. We went with a knowledgeable guide. Fascinating history and well preserved... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
San Diego, California
Close to San Ignacio. Interesting Site

If you visit San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is very much worth a visit. This hilltop Maya site can be... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bloomingdale, NJ
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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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“mayan ruins” (98 reviews)
“smaller site” (15 reviews)
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San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very worthwhile trip. We went with a knowledgeable guide. Fascinating history and well preserved ruins.

Thank amyn905
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you visit San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is very much worth a visit. This hilltop Maya site can be visited in a few hours and if you plan to visit other sites, it will give you a good place to start. All Maya cities are...More

Thank TR48
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving or walking by you would have no idea how large these ruins plazas are. You pay an entrance fee person at the main office, walk through the museum and then out onto the grounds. We self guided ourselves around, were were the only ones...More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in San Ignacio. So we decided to visit the Mayan ruins that were there. It was interesting. The tour guides that are there are kind of pricey though. We booked one at Tikal for less money than it would have cost at the...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site is very compact so you can see many buildings without having to walk a lot. It is located within the limits of San Ignacio city and easily accessible.

1  Thank daco1080
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great site to visit. Very interesting and educational. Lots to see and read in the museum and is easy to get around. We visited two of the Mayan ruins while in Belize. Glad we did not miss this one.

Thank 4DorianL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first site we went to, and it's fun to explore on your own. We only stayed about an hour, but we didn't spend much time in the museum. There were only a couple other people when we visited, so it was nice...More

Thank jenniferthomas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's right in town and worth the experience. You don't need a tour guide. The guy charged us $20 US per person. I probably wouldn't have paid it had I known it was that expensive beforehand, but he had some interesting info.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While it is off the beaten path and in a location that was tricky to find, we did have a great time here. We were actually the only tourists on the site for the entire time that we were there and it was cool to...More

Thank Jesse W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum was half empty, some explanation, but i walked trough it quickly. Ruins were oke, lots of shade. Small site, you can walk through it quickly.

Thank Iris9999
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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?
28 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?
19 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