Located on the hills, just outside of the beautiful San Ignacio town, is the small Maya City of Cahal Pech, in Yucatec Maya translates to “Palace of Ticks”. One starts the tour at a small visitor’s center that overlooks the twin towns of San Ignacio & Santa Elena. Take a moment and inhale a fresh breath of air and look down at the gorgeous beauty of the twin towns, the same way the Maya elites looked at their subjects. In this center, you will be able to look at rich artifacts, on display, that were found here.
You then start your hike, under the canopy of trees, for a few minutes, and be amazed by the grand plazas and palaces that appear before you. Estimated to have been built over 1800 years ago. A city that has the longest evidence of Mayan occupation in Belize and where many ceremonies and rituals took place.
The earliest dated carved Stela, 300BC to 250AD, was found here. In most recent years, Belize’s leading archaeologist, Dr. Jaime Awe, made astonishing discoveries of a grand royal burial that took place in the center of the largest plaza at Cahal Pech.
Walk thru the narrow passages of the buildings, enter into rooms of royal places, and then sit in the principal plaza and enjoy the same comfort that the elites did while listening to the rich history of Cahal Pech.