Fodor's Expert Review Actun Chechem Ha

Benque Viejo Archaeological Site/Ruins

On private land, Actun Chechem Ha, which means "Cave of the Poisonwood Water," is a Mayan burial cave with artifacts that date back three millennia. There are many pots and a stela used for ceremonial purposes. This cave may have the largest collection of Mayan pottery in one place anywhere in Belize, possibly the world. To examine the pottery, you'll have to climb ladders, and getting to the cave requires a 35- to 45-minute walk, mostly uphill. The cave is on private property, and the landowner's family sometimes gives tours. Tour companies, with registered guides, also visit here from San Ignacio and Belmopan, charging from BZ$150 per person. Belize Magnificent Tours in San Ignacio, which charges BZ$190 per person, is one recommended tour company for this trip. Due to the hike to the cave entrance and climbing in the cave, you need to be reasonably physically fit to visit Chechem Ha.

Archaeological Site/Ruins Cave

Quick Facts

Mile 7, Hydro Rd.
Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo  Belize

653-0799

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Tours to Chechem Ha including transportation from San Ignacio or your lodge, lunch, admission fee, and sometimes swimming at Vaca Falls are around BZ$150–BZ$200 per person

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