Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

Background Information

Exploring the ancient Mayan Ruins in Belize walks you through history.

Visitors will experience and observe a unique opportunity of the awesome geological features of the sites and study the nature of the Prehistoric human civilization.

The tour embarks from San Ignacio to Cahal Pech Mayan Site for fifteen minutes with scenic views of the town. We are given a two-hour tour of the 22.39 acres of interesting archaeological structures. Cahal Pech is known as “Place of Ticks when translated in Yucatec Mayan Language. It was coined in the 1950’s when the area around the site was used as a pasture

The site is also a perfect spot for morning birding watching, its flora and fauna attract many species of birds which can be seen during the tour.    

The adventure continues to Xunantunich Mayan Ruin, the impressive and ancient archaeological site ranks among one of the top ten places to visit in Belize.

The name Xunantunich is derived from the Yucatec Language meaning “Stone Woman” and is a thirty-minute drive from San Ignacio Town. Upon arrival at the entrance of the site, a free hand cranked ferry takes you across the Mopan River after which you proceed for another mile to the site. This alone makes your adventure much more fun!

Xunantunich boast a number of Plazas, including the dominant “El Castillo” that rises 130ft and consist of a monumental plaster frieze with sky frames, three dimensional seated figures flanked by leaf like elements terminating in knots, a Sacbe, and a Maya ball court among others.

Before heading back to town, the day is end with a hearty Belizean lunch.

Things to Know

Opening Hours of Maya Ruins: 6am- 5pm

Estimated time of tour: Approximately 7 hrs

Meeting / Pickups

Meetings/Pick ups

  • Hotel 


  • Local souvenir vendor

Tour Package Includes

  • Tour of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich
  • Admission fee
  • Tour guide
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (Dietary restrictions can be accommodated)

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Cash to buy items from local vendors along the way

What to Wear

Belize has hot and humid temperatures year-round. If you are unsure of what the weather might be like when you are visiting, a good recommendation is:

  • Dri-fit or comfortable clothing.
  • Covered Shoe
  • Rain coat or jacket (depending on the time you are visiting)