Our family just flew down to Belize! We plan to check out the mountains and jungle before heading to the Cays. Should be fun. We started today with a short tour of a local Mayan ruins called Cahal Pech which roughly translates to "Place of Ticks"😳
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Cahal Pech was founded in the Early Middle Preclassic period and continued to thrive as a Maya city until at least the end of the Classic period, though there is ceramic evidence of a longer occupation. Recent excavations have suggested that Cahal Pech, which was most likely settled by Maya from Guatemala, is one of the earliest Maya settlements in Belize.
The site rests high above the banks of the Macal River and is strategically located to overlook the confluence of the Macal River and the Mopan River. The site is a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height, situated around a central acropolis. The site was abandoned in the 9th century CE for unknown reasons.
#CahalPech means "place of ticks" in modern-day #Maya , and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite #Mayan ruling family who lived here during the #Classicperiod .
The site consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ball courts, an altar, and a sweat-house, all situated on just 2 acres. A royal burial chamber was found in one of the structures. Inside the tomb a ruler had been laid to rest with the accouterments necessary for the afterlife. Included in the find were shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade objects, the most impressive being a jade & shell #mosaic mask.
One of the temples in this small complex commands the best view of the surrounding #belizeriverValley .
| 🇧🇿| The only thing better than these 3,000-year-old Mayan ruins were @kgrandon6’s chocolate watermelons. With Belize in check, I have now visited all seven Central America countries... and I hope to hit another travel milestone in just a few days. Stay tuned! •• 📸: @bgoodandwin
Misty mornings at Cahal Pech. This Maya site is located here in the Cayo District on a hill overlooking nearby San Ignacio, with its closeness to town and the vast contrast from town life to rich jungle environment making it a unique place to visit. To learn more about visiting when staying with us, check out link in bio 🌱
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The Mayan Ruins of Cahal Pech in San Ignacio 🗿🌿 #belize