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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
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San Ignacio, Belize
+501 664-5446
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All reviews mayan ruins small site close to town small ruin steep hill ruin site great site entrance fee maya site self guided couple of hours worth the trip well worth the visit local guide own pace sites ticked
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a small site. Interesting but best visited with a guide who can give you the history otherwise you will go through it very quick and not learn a lot. If you are in the area stop but don't go out of your way....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 23kme
Reviewed 4 days ago

The ruins are more extensive than you realize and the details you can learn about Mayan life here are excellent. The museum has many artifacts that help you understand the culture and the ruins allow you to see how the Mayans lived and slept. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 101edf
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This site was really interesting - the museum was informative and well-laid out. Lots of information about the ancient Maya civilisation as well as specific details about Cahal Pech as a unique site. We particularly enjoyed the freedom with which you can explore the whole...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this ruin because it is smaller there are many trees giving the place a more intimate atmosphere. It also on the edge of San Iggnacio so very accessible.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ivor G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by one afternoon, kind of unplanned. We went around 4PM and there were very few people there. There is a small entrance fee and a museum to explore before walking down to the ruins. It is nice and shaded and was cool in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 356laurenf
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here in the late afternoon and had the place to ourselves. Digestible amount of info in the small museum and all the usual components of a Mayan site (pyramid, ball court etc). It would have been nice to have more information in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CatherineGlobal
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured these ruins as part of a combined tour with Xunantunich. This Mayan site is smaller than Xunantunich, but still very interesting. There is a museum prior to entering the ruins that is very informative. It is a small museum, but it has a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MattS5414
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a nice museum at the entrance to this site that has a lot of information on the Mayans. There are several sections to see in the ruins, including bedrooms. One in which when we looked up to the ceiling we saw bats! There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SoraciSauce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins are in good shape and the museum gives great background information about the Maya and their world.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephanh535
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great ruin to go to. You can walk from San Ignacio. Their museum is very interesting and nice walk through to ruins.

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 28, 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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April 19, 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
November 16, 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