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Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

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Cahal Pech is a Maya site that is approximately 15-minute walk from the Rainforest Haven Inn, San Ignacio, Belize. By foot, it is a good hike as you have to walk up two very steep hills. The alternative is taking a taxi that cost around $3.00 USD. If you are doing the tour yourself, I suggest that you first stop at the visitor’s center and museum to read up on the different areas to get a better understanding of what you are looking at and what each area was used for. You can also hire a tour guide to explain the history about the Maya ruin.

The Maya site consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ballcourts, an altar, and a sweathouse. A royal burial chamber was found in one of the structures. Inside the tomb a ruler had been laid to rest with the accoutrements necessary for the afterlife. Included in the find were shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade objects, the most impressive being a jade & shell mosaic mask.

Getting there

From the Rainforest Haven Inn situated in San Ignacio, Belize walk up the road going south. Walk until you meet the intersection at the Cayo Twist ice cream parlor. Proceed south up the dirt road. On your left hand side you will meet the Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve.

Opening Hours

365 days in the year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees

Belizeans: BZD$5.00
Non-Belizeans: BZD$10.00
Belizeans enter FREE on Sundays and Public and Bank Holidays

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