I’ve never gotten over the fact of how even though Cahal Pech ruins are just a short walk from downtown San Ignacio, it feels very secluded. I can’t pinpoint the age I was when I first visited this Maya site but I think it must have been when I was a grade school because I can recall how huge the temples seemed and running through the arch ways with a bunch of friends who’s faces are unfortunately blurry in my memory.
Last week I had the opportunity to revisit Cahal Pech and I excitedly explored every inch of the place just like I must have done when I was a kid. The truth is that since Maya sites are surrounded by nature, I find them very relaxing and hiking temples is a great way to get a nice work out.
Enjoy the photo essay.
There are nice steps leading to Cahal Pech. This is a newish installment.
At the entrance there’s a cool shop where you can buy gifts and souvenirs.
This is the first temple, its located across from the gift store.
This is the front section of the main temple.
Inside the main temple. I can imagine that the Mayan royals would sit on top of the temple and would be entertained by people who were inside the courtyard.
Another shot from inside the main temple. Getting to the top was a bit tricky since it had been raining all morning and the ground was slippery.
The opposite side of the courtyard, looking from the first top level.
The famous Maya corbel arch.
Cool steps. Maybe it was used as an escape route?
Here’s a shot of the Mayan ball court where the famous Mesoamerican ballgame was played.
I’ll leave you with this photo of a Temezcal, an ancient type of sauna. The Maya used this heat room for health and religious reasons.