The Cayo District Sights

Cahal Pech

  • Cahal Pech Hill Map It
  • San Ignacio
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 01/22/2016

Fodor's Review

Just at the western edge of San Ignacio, on a tall hill, is a small, intriguing Mayan site, the unfortunately named Cahal Pech ("Place of the Ticks"). You probably won't be bothered by ticks now, however. It was occupied from around 1200 BC to around AD 900. At its peak, in AD 600, Cahal Pech was a medium-size settlement of perhaps 10,000 people with some three dozen structures huddled around seven plazas. It's thought that it functioned as a guard post, watching over the nearby confluence of the Mopan and Macal rivers. It may be somewhat less compelling than the area's other ruins, but it's no less mysterious, given that these structures mark the presence of a civilization we know so little about. Look for answers at the small visitor center and museum.

Sight Information


Cahal Pech Hill, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

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822-2016-Belize Institute of Archeology

Sight Details:

  • BZ$10
  • Daily 8–5

Published 01/22/2016


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