Cahal Pech is a site who’s Maya name means “Place of the Ticks.” This ceremonial center includes pyramid temples, palaces, and a ball court. The site core consists of some 34 large structures, including several tall non-domestic structures, a number of large range-type buildings, two ballcourts, and possibly a sweathouse. Work suggests that Cahal Pech contains evidence of some of the earliest Maya settlements in Belize.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are located only a few minute’s drive from San Ignacio and within a couple of miles of Guatemala. Its name means “Stone Maiden” in the Maya language and refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by many to inhabit the site. The core of Xunantunich occupies about one square mile and consists of a series of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. During a time period when most of the Mayan civilizations were crumbling, Xunantunich Mayan ruins was managing to expand its’ city and its’ power over other areas within the valley. It lasted a century longer than most of the sites within the region. This tour can also be combined with a Cave Tubing Adventure.
Each of these tours includes the following: