Cahal Pech is one of the earliest of the Maya sites found to date. Located 22 miles from Hidden Valley Inn on a hill above the town of San Ignacio lies this small but very well restored site. Architecturally, Cahal Pech is interesting in that the temples were built on top of one and other, for example, beneath several of the Middle Classic structures (500-700 AD) are Late PreClassic structures (300BC-250AD). Restoration on this site includes conservation of the residence complexes, a ball court and two round dance platforms.
The site had provided important information on the earliest Mayan settlers of Western Belize. The decorative artwork and architecture is evidence that they were a sophisticated society.