Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve

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Cahal Pech in San Ignacio

Cahal Pech is a small Maya site that was first settled around 1200-1000 BC. The site sits in a lush jungle setting only a short 10-minute walk from downtown San Ignacio, giving urban visitors easy access to an archaeological site where the remnants of a royal palace are particularly interesting to explore.

Cahal Pech tour

The Main Courtyard at Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Cahal Pech has a small visitor centre/ museum and a couple large Maya temples which are really exciting to explore. This site usually surprises everyone who visits since as you leave the visitor centre and enter the site’s main plaza, you are overwhelmed by the contrasting environment and thick jungle foliage that surrounds the temples.

The charming natural atmosphere, the short distance from the town’s center, and the fact that you can often find yourself being the only person there, makes Cahal Pech one of my personal favourite archaeological sites in Belize.

Things to bring on tour

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Cash for Souvenirs

Entrance fee and what’s included

  • $5.00 USD entrance fee per person
  • Non-guided experience