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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Nice & Easy while in San Ignacio

This is a beautiful site to visit while in San Ignacio, and doesn't take longer than 2 hours to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
Taxi up ($5 BZ), walk down to San Ignacio.

Very nice, small, but informative museum, beautiful ruins. Can do a self guided tour, tickets are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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” (103 reviews)
“close to town” (39 reviews)
“smaller site” (15 reviews)
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San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful site to visit while in San Ignacio, and doesn't take longer than 2 hours to wander through. When visiting later in the evening on a weekday before close, there is barely anyone there - you'll have the place to yourself! I...More

Thank keebey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice, small, but informative museum, beautiful ruins. Can do a self guided tour, tickets are inexpensive. Great view from the top onto San Ignacio. On the way down stop at the San Ignacio Hotel and visit the iguana conservatory (every hour on the hour...More

Thank JinxandJava
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not so big ruins, but if you stay in San Ignacio for few days > should visit. Good for a walk for 30 min

Thank Ellina G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cahal Pech is certainly not as big as Xuantunich, however it is fascinating in a different way with 5 connecting plazas and some interior rooms. There is much more shade with some trees growing in the plazas and it's only up the road. Plus there...More

Thank Jay517
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously one of the best ruins. No one was here and we were able to explore and hear amazing stories with our guide. Out of all the ruins Do Not miss this one!!!

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cahal Pech is right above the town of San Ignacio. You can tour the grounds in just a couple of hours. If you only have a short stay and only do one Mayan ruins tour, this is it. Quite beautiful and fascinating. A fellow approached...More

Thank TJErmoian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this site as you practically had it to yourself and could explore the many nooks & crannies of the ruins. It feels a little less explored than others, adding to the charm of it. I did not use a tour guide, but...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We did it just by ourself and it was nice, different but we actually would have like to have a guide with us to explain more about the maya and how did they use the spaces.

Thank Félix O
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We visited Xunantunich, Tikal, and Cahal Pech during our trip to Belize. Cahal Pech was a favorite of the kids because they were able to explore and climb over these ruins. It is much smaller than the others, but the setting is beautiful and the...More

Thank kimmermako
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This is one of the lesser known Mayan ruins but is a lovely example. The attached museum is very interesting and the size of the ruins means they can be explored in half a day at leisure. Very reasonably priced- after Tikal I was dubious...More

Thank Peppy C
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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
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
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