Just a 15 min drive from Down Town San Ignacio, the amazing site of Cahal Pech can be found. Cahal Pech meaning “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatec Maya Language.It is located on a beautiful hill top, having a beautiful scenery over-looking the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.
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.
This tour can be combine with a tour of Xunantunich, just 20 minute drive west, towards the beautiful and peaceful village of San Jose Succotz. Getting to the site we need to board a hand crank ferry, which would get us across the Crystal Green Waters of the Mopan River, from there it just a mile up to Xunantunich Sacred structures.
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, it includes home made pack lunch and drinks. We are back in San Ignacio at 3pm.
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.