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Overlooking the Macal River, Cahal Pech was a ceremonial center with temples, palaces and ballcourts. By choosing this location 900 above sea level, they had the advantage of spotting enemies before they became a threat. It also gave them dominance over the trade on the river and rich land to the north. The largest building, structure B1, is a partially restored pyramid with broad steps leading to the top. About 12 burials are found in this structure along with foreign trade goods such as: obsidian, jade, ceramics, jade art, shell mask and a turtle shell with hieroglyphic markings. The tallest pyramid is Plaza A rising 79 feet high surrounded by 5 structures with a wide stairway leading up to the summit.

Cahal Pech meaning “Place of Ticks” got its name due to the area being used as a pasture during archaeological studies back in the 1950’s . The site holds 34 large buildings, and has 8 interconnected plazas containing pyramids, temples, stelae, ballcourts, and elite residences. Cahal Pech is within walking distance from downtown San Ignacio, making it a perfect place to visit when in the area. Stop in at the visitors center to view and learn about the artifacts found from early excavations, along with a model of the site, paintings and even a short interpretive film depicting Cahal Pech in its prime time. 

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Cahal Pech hold lifelong history, each telling a different story. Cahal Pech provides an excellent example of the Mayas architecture. Just by looking at the manmade structures, we can easily visualize the life once lived hundreds of years ago. There’s plenty more to be explored, plenty more to learn and plenty more to live throughout this two-hour tour. Bring your camera along to get great shots of this amazing maya ruin.

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