A brief information on Cahal Pech. It is located on a beautiful hill top over-looking the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Cahal Pech meaning “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatec Maya Language, a name 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. 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.
Drive time to Cahal Pech from down town San Ignacio is about fifteen minute, after tour of Cahal Pech, we drive for another 20 minute westward towards the beautiful and peaceful village of San Jose Succotz, where Xunantunich Maya site is Located. to get there we need to get across the Crystal Green Waters of the Mopan River, aboard a hand crank ferry.This site is less than one mile from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River and provides an impressive view of the entire river valley.
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.