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Cahal Pech

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Cahal Pech

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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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Step into the world of the ancient Maya on a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal, hiking and wading deep into a series of tunnels, chambers, and passageways. Support from an experienced cave guide ensures a safe trip into—and back out of—the maze-like cave network, where you’ll find the "Crystal Maiden," the crystallized remains of an ancient ceremonial victim.
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April D L wrote a review 16 Jan
Phoenix, United States6 contributions
Easily accessible from center of town. If you are on a tight time schedule this is very easy to walk around in a short period of time.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jaclyn W wrote a review 16 Jan
Baltimore, Maryland67 contributions17 helpful votes
On my first day in Belize, I explored San Ignacio and walked up to Cahal Pech. It was so neat to explore it and my friend and I were all by ourselves with few tourists during COVID which made it a very special experience. It was neat to give ourselves a self-tour walking around Cahal Pech to have it in mind to compare to Caracol when we traveled there a few days later.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Myo M wrote a review 09 Jan
Coquitlam, Canada19 015 contributions615 helpful votes
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It was more or less a nice walk, I would say, around this "fairly compact" ruin site with its structures located around small plazas including a "sunken one" with steps to go down on all 4 sides (called a ball court or such which is actually quite similar to but a "smaller version" of the one that I had seen previously at another site namely Copan in Honduras). And despite not covering much of a ground area, there's actually a "nice cluster" of structures (most of which just adjacent to one another) to make your way around including some pyramids of "about medium height" (2 of which for going up although not much of a view around from their tops due to this site being generally covered by tall trees which are pretty much "right around" its small plazas), and so in my opinion it's not the shortage of structures but just the "lack of" a great structure which stands out on its own (such as the great-sized El Castillo at the nearby site Xunantunich) which makes this site just more of a secondary one than being a "premium site". But yes, with that being said, my suggestion is to start your visit at the site's small museum (right inside the entrance gate) where there's what I would just describe as a "pretty mesmerizing" mural on a wall depicting this Mayan city or such at the time of its power with these now-ruin structures in their full glory (and likely more structures in that mural than the number that presently exists on the site) so as in a way to "appreciate the significance" of what is now a ruin site in like a quiet forested area. From the "town center" of San Ignacio, it's just about a 5-minute ride on the local Westline bus to the stop to get off (just beside the roundabout with some big clay pots or such on display) from which it's just a 5-minute-or-so walk along a "slight-incline" way to the entrance gate (with more big pots on display above the stone wall near the gate) followed by about 5 more minutes to the site's structures from the entrance building (with a nice small museum as mentioned above). And yes, can be done on the same day is the "great site" of Xunantunich with its awesome main structure of El Castillo (as mentioned above) to go all the way up to its top for just breathtaking "wide-open & distant" views in all directions (just a further 5-minute bus ride from the road roundabout for this site to the stop beside the Mopan River to take a short ferry ride across the river followed by about a 20-minute walk to that site).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mad Buy wrote a review 01 Jan
Omaha, Nebraska8 contributions
We did this bundled with touring at Xunantunich through the San Ignacio Hotel and Resort. Jason was our excellent guide and it was a fascinating set of ruins. It wasn't as grand as Xunantunich, but had some cool places to go and only took about 60-90 minutes.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Michelle T wrote a review Dec 2020
Maryland15 contributions4 helpful votes
We visited the sacred ruins during a light rain shower and was able to cover a lot of ground without getting terribly wet. If you are in San Ignacio it is worth delving in to.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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