What to Bring Along

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Intensity: Easy

Cahal Pech is an ancient archaeological site where Mayan ritual and ceremonies were performed. The center accommodates pyramid temples, palaces and ball courts. Also, there is evidence that it was home to the Stelae cult. Excavations have showed that the Mayas occupied the site from 1000 B.C. to 800 A.D.

The name Cahal Pech, which is translated as “Place of Ticks,” originated from a mixture of both Yucatec and Mopan Maya (given in the 1950s when the area was used for grazing cattle). Exploring this Mayan city, you will find 34 structures, the largest being 77 ft high. Inside one of the plazas, a royal tomb was found. Also found were jade objects, obsidian blades, shell and bone ornaments and pottery vessels; all created by the ancient Mayas. On the noble found in the grave was a jade and shell mosaic mask, which is said to be part of the belt this person was wearing at the time of burial. Its history and mark is found at the site, but the artifacts itself can be viewed at the National Collection at Belmopan.

In the middle of the jungle, you may see and hear the peaceful and serene sounds of birds and other wildlife that make the site their home.