The name Cahal Pech 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.
Located on top of the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town, Cahal Pech Mayan Site 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.
In addition the majority of the structures are located around 7 courtyards. Together with 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. In fact preliminary data recovered indicate Cahal Pech Mayan Site was settled around 1000 B.C. and abandoned around 800 A.D.
An on-site museum at the visitor center has a model of the site, excellent painting showing Cahal Pech Mayan Site in at its peak, and an interpretive film.
This trip is available as a Half-Day tour. Alternatively you can package it with either Xunantunich Ruins, Barton Creek Cave Canoeing, Ziplining, or Big Rock Falls
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