Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins
Take this tour to see one of the oldest Maya sites in Belize. It has ruins that you can climb and is only 30 minutes from Chaa Creek.
- Duration: 2 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 7:00 AM, 2:00 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Cahal Pech is a Maya phrase that means “place of ticks.” This nickname dates back to the 1950s, because area used to be surrounded by pastures and tick-covered cattle. Don’t worry—you probably won’t see a tick while you’re here.
Cahal Pech is made up of 34 structures around several courtyards. There are two ball courts, eight stelae, one altar, and a The tallest building here is 77 feet (23 m) high. This ancient site was occupied from ancient times until around 850 AD. Many of the buildings you see today date from 600 to 800 AD.
Attraction VisitedCahal Pech Ruins
Less than a 10-minute drive or a 25-minute uphill walk from the town of San Ignacio, the 2-acre Mayan ruin site called Cahal Pech makes for pleasant morning or afternoon trip.
What to Bring
Hat, long pants, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, and a camera.
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