Departure: Anytime from 9:00 am to Noon
Drive time: 20 minutes
Located atop the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town, Cahal Pech sits within a serene jungle-type environment, which is home to many colorful birds and exotic plants, which also makes it a good place for Birders to visit.
As an introductory Maya ruin you can't go wrong. Also the on-site museum is informative and contains a display of artifacts recovered by archeologists, as well as a model reconstruction of the site.
About Cahal Pech
The site centre consists of 34 structures
compacted into an area covering slightly more than 2 acres.
The majority of these structures are located around 7 courtyards and include temple pyramids and several long-range, residential-type buildings. The tallest temple stands 77 feet high. The site also contains 2 ball courts, 5 plain stelae and
an altar. Preliminary analysis of data recovered from excavations indicate that Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 B.C. and abandoned around 800 A.D.
Cahal Pech the name, is a combination of Yucatecan and Mopan Maya meaning "Place of Ticks", a name given to the site in the 1950s when the surrounding area was used for grazing cattle.
General Tour Information
Light-weight, comfortable clothing and shoes with a good grip. Long trousers are more suitable than shorts as they give more protection from insects and weather. Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water are advisable. A visitors' center contains artifacts and a reconstructed model of the site. The center is open Monday through Saturday.
Visitors to Cahal Pech can experience the full range of archaeological investigations of this Maya centre. The dramatic contrast between the jungle and town, which is within a short walking distance, makes Cahal Pech a special place to visit.
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