Tour of the Cahal Pech Palaces and Rainforest Medicine Trails at Chaa Creek
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Near the town of San Ignacio, above the Macal and Mopan Rivers, you'll explore the grounds of Cahal Pech andndash; the compound, palatial residence, and royal burial chamber of an elite Maya family. Occupied as far back as 1200 B.C. and abandoned around 850 A.D., it's the oldest Maya site in the Belize river valley, and proof that the rich and powerful have always grabbed the best real estate for themselves. (They even built themselves the Maya version of a private tennis court.)
Cahal Pech must've been quite the power center, because excavations in the surrounding 10 square miles show it was home to 10,000 to 20,000 people or, more accurately, subjects. Archaeologists have uncovered blades made of obsidian (volcanic glass) and other evidence of ritual bloodletting and sacrifices.
At Chaa Creek Lodge, you'll see the other end of the Maya spectrum healing medicinal herbs and culturally significant flora. This walking tour winds gently above the banks of the Macal River.
Maya monolith mystery
Many Maya ruins feature stelae, tall sculpted stone shafts used as altars but basically just stone billboards glorifying the king and his deeds. The largest one found to date is more than 34 feet long and weighs 65 tons; the Maya somehow hauled these humongous slabs from faraway quarries without the help of wheeled carts or draught animals.
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