Want to take a trip back in time? Ever wondered how the Ancient Maya built such marvelous structures. Well if you’re in Belize I suggest you begin your quest in the lovely town of San Ignacio located in the Cayo District. At the height of its time, Cahal Pech served as a home to the elite Maya. And while I won’t go into a lengthy history (because you’ll get that when you’re there), I will emphasize the sheer size of the place. For it to be one of the smaller ruins, it is still breathtakingly massive.
Cahal Pech is a great ruin to start with because you won’t find huge crowds of people or long times. It’s very peaceful and a great escape from everyday life. It was refreshing to be able to actually hear my tour guide and take these awesome semi-uninterrupted photos.
For the small and reasonable entrance fee of 5 USD, you will be able to freely roam the grounds. There are local tour guides on site which are always for higher. We settled on a price of 20 USD for 3 people. Our tour lasted about 1.5 hours. It would have been quicker had I not asked a million questions. Although I cannot remember our guides name, he was very entertaining and informative.
The best way to get to Cahal Pech is by private taxi. They are cheap and easy to catch. I paid 2.50 USD per person going and 1.50 USD per person going about to our hotel. (Review of Rumors Resort will be up soon). I did not take too much note of the price discrepancies since it wasn’t that much.
So in total, we spent about 16 USD to visit Cahal Pech. I did not get anything from the gift shop but there is one on site.
Overall I would highly suggest Cahal Pech as a great starting point for your ancient Mayan adventure. It’s a great teaser and precursor to the much larger ruins like Xunantunich.
Have you recently visited Cahal Pech? What were thoughts and experiences? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Are you planning on visiting? Leave a comment if you have any questions.