The site was a palatial, hilltop home for an elite Maya family, and though most major construction dates to the Classic period, evidence of continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as 1200 BCE during the Early Middle Formative period (Early Middle Preclassic), making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. – Wikipedia
Starts: 8:00AM Ends: 11:30AM
Starts: 1:00PM Ends: 4:30PM
The adventure begins at 8:00AM (or at 1:00PM if you choose the afternoon tour) with a pick up at your hotel location or in San Ignacio Town. This site is a situated within San Ignacio Town with a very short drive up the Cahal Pech Hill where we check in at the park’s office. During the walk from the park’s office to the site, the guide briefs you on the history of Cahal Pech and other safety procedures.
At Cahal Pech: Upon arriving at the site, your guide will walk you through the various architectural wonders scattered within the jungle canopy. This is quite an impressive site.
Although not as scenic as Xunantunich, this site will impress you with its beautiful architecture including archways, seven plazas, and over 30 structures including residential buildings, temples an altar, ball courts, and a sweat-house, all situated on just 2 acres! At this site, archaeologists discovered a royal burial chamber in one of the structures. Inside the tomb, a ruler had been laid to rest with the accoutrements necessary for the afterlife.
An on-site museum at the visitor center has a model of the site, excellent painting showing Cahal Pech in at its peak, and an interpretive film. Your guide will show you around the ruin and give you a brief information on what Cahal Pech was used for and its history.
Departing: After your tour at Cahal Pech, we make our way back onto the parking lot where we board our vehicle and head back to your hotel or your next destination, returning around 4:00PM. This tour is normally done as a combo tour with any other half day tour such as Xunantunich, Big Rock Falls, or Barton Creek.
Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours
Difficulty level: Easy
What to Bring: Sunscreen (optional), bug repellent, sun glasses, hat, solid hiking shoes, camera, water an adventurous attitude.
Provided: Bottled Water (lunch is not provided in this tour when done as a half day tour).
Note: Light physical activity will be required for those who wish to explore the Mayan ruins on foot. Please wear appropriate walking & climbing shoes. This tour is suitable for all ages.