Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Tour

This tour takes you to two of Belize's top Maya sites - Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

A 20-minute drive from San Ignacio Town will take you to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Xunantunich means “Maiden of the Rock” which is located on the Western Highway across the river. The ceremonial center is only 1 mile (1.6 km) away after crossing the ferry on the Mopan River at San Jose Succutz.

The Classic Period site provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. The core site occupies only 300 square meters (3,329 square feet) but the periphery covers a much larger territory. El Castillo, the partially excavated and largest pyramid rises 130 feet (39 m) above the main plaza and offers an impressive view of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala.

Located on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful town of San Ignacio is the Cahal Pech Maya site and the visitor center. So close to the town yet so rich in biodiversity, Cahal Pech is a unique place to visit.

Cahal Pech highlights: the site center is made up of 34 structures located around several courtyards, including temple pyramids and residential buildings. The tallest structure is 23.5 meters (77 feet) high. There are also 2 ball courts, 8 stelae, and 1 altar.

Preliminary investigations carried out in 1988 revealed that Cahal Pech was settled by 1200 B.C. and abandoned around A.D. 850. This makes Cahal Pech one of the earliest Maya sites in the Belize region of the Maya lowlands.

What to Bring:

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera,binoculars, and raingear if needed. Short or long pants and sturdy footwear, sleevelengths are optional

What's Included:

Guided tour.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera,binoculars, and raingear if needed. Short or long pants and sturdy footwear, sleevelengths are optional

What's Included:

Guided tour.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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