The District of Cayo, in Belize, is one of the most attractive areas for its landscapes and the ancient Mayan cities that we find in the area. For lovers of the Mayan world, Cahal Pech is a sweet caramel.

El Mayab, territory that shaped the Mayan civilization, included part of El Salvador, western Honduras, almost all of Guatemala, Belize and the areas of Tabasco, Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas in Mexico. 

Discuss Cahal Pech is to do it from one of the oldest cities known as Central Maya Lowlands. There is evidence of settlement in the 1200 AC Today is not one of the great relics to visit, but if you like this world, you will not want to miss it.

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Cahal Pech archaeological area

This ancient Mayan city of Cahal Pech It is located on the top of the hill overlooking the town of San Ignacio. It is located at 15 minutes walking along a steep slope, it is very comfortable to visit the place. The truth is that it is a perfect excuse to pass by if you are staying in the area of San Ignacio.

Cahal Pech means tick land, A mixture of Yucatec Maya and mopan, two variants of Maya. As in many of the ancient Mayan cities, we do not know the original name. In this case it comes from the cattle proliferation of the 50s, which considerably increased the number of ticks in the area. Today you can walk around the place in peace despite this unattractive name ...

archeological zone cahal pech
archeological zone cahal pech
cahal pech ruins
cahal pech
archeological zone cahal pech

At the entrance they have a small museum which places you in the city, with some findings found here. It is very grateful to the Government of Belize for the care they put into their cultural heritage. Once in the cozy and small settlement, you can walk between 34 structures, the highest of 25 meters.

It is a quiet place where you can walk and let your imagination fly while you face the stones, pass through the Mayan arches and walk through the tight housing enclosures.

archeological zone cahal pech
cahal pech ruins
archeological zone cahal pech

If you are in this area of ​​San Ignacio, do not hesitate, take your time to go to Cahal Pech, the Mayan civilization will not disappoint you.

Visit Cahal Pech in San Ignacio, Belize 1

Cahal Pech, archaeological site

LOCATION: The archaeological zone of Cahal Pech is located at 15 minutes uphill from San Ignacio. San Ignacio is located a few kilometers from the border between Benque Viejo (Belize) and Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala).
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES:Open from 8 to 17 daily hours. There are services at the entrance and a site museum. Inside they do not sell food. 10 BZD, about 5 US dollars.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Up to San Ignacio there is public transportation from Belmopan, Belize City… And from Guatemala you can get from Flores to Melchor de los Mencos, cross border and grab a collective taxi to San Ignacio. Guate-Belize border
WHAT TO BRING?Light and light clothes, hat well held by the air in the boat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better to climb the pyramid and some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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