Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech (“Place of the Ticks”) presents a different style of Maya architecture.

Situated on the hills above San Ignacio, Cahal Pech was once the home of a royal Maya family. Its Late Pre-Classic temples consist of 34 structures and two separate ball courts displaying fine examples of Maya craftsmanship.

The site, spread over two acres, was occupied as early as 1200 BC and abandoned around 800 AD. Its complex structures, winding tunnels and fine architecture, along with an excellent museum, make it a very interesting and informative site for a guided visit.

Note: Cahal Pech is typically visited as part of our Maya Day/San Ignacio Area tours.


Departure: varies
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Fitness Requirement: Average (guests can visit without climbing)
Food Provided: N/A
Dress: Lightweight short or long pants and sturdy footwear; optional head covering in case of sun

What To Bring

Sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, raingear if needed. We provide water.

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