Cahal Pech is certainly the little brother to Xunantunich, but it does have its own quiet charm in the jungle, and the excavated ruins include a number of chambers that offer many nooks and crannies in which to poke around.
The entrance fee is BZ$10 (US$5) per visitor and should only take about an hour to look around unless you choose to hang out longer or picnic. Being smaller and less flashy than some other sites, Cahal Pech offers peace and quiet. Visitors can climb all the structures and explore all areas.
Okay, so I need to vent here. Vandalism really sucks, and it triple sucks when it’s done to historical and natural landmarks. “Ruins” does not = “trash!” If you need to make yourself feel important, find a different and meaningful way to leave your mark in the world!
If you’re already visiting Xunantunich, Caracol, and/or Tikal, you may find Cahal Pech underwhelming, but if you can spare the time and few extra bucks, it’s a nice little getaway right on the outskirts of San Ignacio.