Cahal Pech (Place of the Ticks)


Cahal Pech


Located on an imposing hill over-looking the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cahal Pech’s means “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatec Mayan Language a name given to the site in the 1050’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. The tallest temple is Structure A1 which stands 77 ft high. The site also contains two ball courts, eight plain and one carved stela, and one altar. The first to report on Cahal Pech was Linton Satterthwaite of the University Museum of Pennsylvania in the 1950’s.


Cahal Pech Tour is a half day tour which starts as early as 8:00 am and returns to town around 1:00 pm. Drive time to Cahal Pech is about fifteen minutes from down Town San Ignacio on the “Cahal Pech Hill”.

  Ask about combining this tour with the Xunantunich or our other half day tours.

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.