Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

cahalpech-mayan-ruinsCahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya, and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period. Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD.

Cahal Pech Maya Temples Tour Highlights

cahalpech-ballcourtThe site consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ball courts, an altar, and a sweat-house, all situated on just 2 acres. A royal burial chamber was found in one of the structures. Inside the tomb a ruler had been laid to rest with the accouterments necessary for the afterlife. Included in the find were shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade objects, the most impressive being a jade & shell mosaic mask.

One of the temples in this small complex commands the best view of the surrounding Belize River Valley. The visitor center and museum has a model of the site, excellent paintings showing Cahal Pech in its heyday, and an interpretive film.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins tour is usually combined with Xunantunich Maya Ruins or River Canoeing on the Macal River, Horseback Riding, Butterfly Farm or any other half day tour.

cahalpech-ruinsCahal Pech Maya Ruins Tour details:

Departures: 8:00 am or 1:00 pm from Cahal Pech Village Resort

Habitat: Sub tropical jungle rainforest

Distance: 5 minutes walk from Cahal Pech Village Resort

Duration: Half day tour

Fitness: Moderate

Dress: Short or long pants and comfortable hiking footwear

What To Bring Along:

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, and camera

Please contact us at info@cahalpech.com for pricing and more information on this Belize tour.