Cahal Pech sits in a lush jungle setting only a short 15 minute walk from the town’s center, giving urban visitors easy access to an archeological site where the remnants of a royal palace are particularly interesting to explore. The site consists of seven plazas and more than 30 structures, including temples, residential buildings, ball-courts, an altar and a sweat house. Early cultural remains, for example, suggest that the site’s first inhabitants were relatively sophisticated. They built large circular platforms that were used for ceremonial purposes, they carved many Mesoamerican or Olmec-like symbols on their pottery, imported jade and obsidian from Guatemala, modeled many figurines in the form of female individuals, and produced decorative beads that were made from Conch shells brought from the Caribbean coast.
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.