San Ignacio

The Belize town of San Ignacio is located near a series of anient Mayan sites. We visited two of these sites (Xunantunich and Cahal Pech) whilst we were there.


Xunantunich's name means "Stone Woman", which refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall. El Castillo (Structure A-6) is the second tallest structure in Belize, at some 40m.
Read more on the (Wiki link) and view the site map here.

Struct A15

Struct A14

Struct A3 (Royal Palace)

Looking from Struct A3 towards El Castillo

Stella House (in A2)

El Castillo (Structure A6)

Reproductions on the top of El Castillo

Looking from El Castillo towards struct A1 and the work happening on the Struct A2 (Stella House)

The Ball court

Cahal Pech

While in San Ignacio we took the opportunity to visit the Mayan ruines at Cahal Pech. Cahal Pech, meaning 'Place of Ticks' was abandoned in the 9th century for unknown reasons. Okay I might not be selling this place up but thats what it says on the (Wiki link) and view the site map here.

Group B structures from Plaza B

Ian about to become the Eagle sacrifice

In Plaza B at structures A1 (pyramid) and A2 (white walls)

Structure A1

Plaza E

E1 had rooms with beds

Structure E1

Plaza A

West from Plaza A

Room in B5 had pigeons roosting

The Eastern ball court