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Cahal Pech is located on a high and imposing hill in the Belize's western district of Cayo. The ruins of Cahal Pech now overlook the modern day Belizean twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

The name of the site means "Place of Ticks" in the Yucatecan Maya language. This name was coined in the 1950's when the area around the site was used for pasture.

In 1988 ten mounds were discovered and today we know Cahal Pech was inhabited from as early as 1000 B.C. However, it is believed to have been abandoned by 800 A.D.

The central part of the ruins provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. A total of thirty- four structures, including temple pyramids, two ball courts, an alter and five plain stelae fill the 2 acre area.

A great day trip for anyone with limited time; take the Western Highway for about 70 miles to Santa Elena Town, keeping on the road to the San Ignacio Hotel. At the 'Y' intersection with a stadium on the left. At this point you should see the sign for Cahal Pech Village Resort and Cahal Pech Maya ruins. Proceed up the road, Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve is on your left.~ Anthony Benjamin

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