Cahal Pech & Xunantunich Maya Site.



Cahal Pech

Plaza A Cahal Pech

 Cahal Pech meaning “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatec Maya Language, is located on a beautiful  hill top over-looking the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The name was given to the site in the 1950’s, when the area was once used as pasture Land.

Cahal Pech was first settled between 1200-1000BC and abandoned around 800-900AD.  The site consists of 34 structures compacted in a small area, slightly more than 2 acres.  Structure A1 which stands 77 ft high is the tallest temple at this site. It also contains two ball courts, eight plain and one carved stela, and one altar.

Corbel Vaulted Passage way

Cahal Pech can be found on the out skirts of  San Ignacio, 15min drive from down town  San Ignacio. This tour can be combine with a tour of  Xunantunich, just 20 minute west, towards the beautiful and peaceful village of San Jose Succotz. To get to the site we need to board a hand crank ferry to get across the Crystal Green Waters of the Mopan River. As a result this  is less than one mile from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River.

El Castillo

Tour departs San Ignacio at 8:30am, to Cahal Pech Maya site. tour of site is approximately 2 hrs after tour, we dive for 20 minute to the second largest Maya site in western Belize known as Xunantunich. This site provides you with an amazing view of the Belize River Valley. tour on site, is 2 hrs. home made lunch and drinks will be serve. we are back in San Ignacio at 4pm.


Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around site. Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and/or hats/sunglasses.

What is included: Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and transportation.