San Ignacio Town

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Destination
Type of Destination
Town
Population
17,878
District/Region
Cayo
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Highlights
  • Cahal Pech Archaeological Site
  • Cayo Welcome Center
  • Hawksworth Bridge
  • Macal River
Podcast
Mr. Hector Silva, a local Belizean historian, gives us a brief overview of his contribution to Belize's development and some of the reasons why Belize is still a largely undiscovered ... moreterritory with abundant natural wealth untold.
About Location
San Ignacio Town is one of the twin-towns located in the Cayo District. Although it is a small town, there is a lot of culture and history to explore. San Ignacio is considered as the main hub to adventures in western Belize. You have access to great Belizean food, fascinating historical monuments, beautiful sceneries of flora and fauna, wildlife conservation projects and a farmer's market with fresh produce. Make sure to look out for unique works of art in the town!

Located 67 miles from Belize City is San Ignacio Town, connected by the Hawksworth Bridge to its twin town Santa Elena, San Ignacio is the largest town in the Cayo District and is a base for tourism activities throughout Cayo.
 
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Whats Nearby
Recommended Hotels
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Private Riverside Villas
Aliana's is a vacation rental property located near San Ignacio, Cayo. Aliana's sits on a 50-acre farm and includes three private riverfront villas. ... more

Relax on the banks of the mopan river just outside your doorstep and enjoy bird watching or take a refreshing swim to cool off at your pleasure. We have canoes and floating tubes available. A popular guest activity is to float down the mopan river from the village of Bullet Tree Falls. The float takes about two hours. You can spot monkeys and a variety of bird species along the river. We also have and outdoor grill and brick oven available for use by all guests.

Each unit includes air-conditioned bedrooms for your comfort. The property is filled with many tropical fruit trees that you can enjoy when in season, such as mangoes, breadfruit, plums, star fruit, and others. The property may be booked for private events subject to availability.
Gold Certified:
No
Safe Corridor:
No
Phone Number:
8242768
Area:
San Ignacio
Region:
Western Belize
Find yourself in our award-winning Belize ecolodge. Situated on a 105-acre jungle reserve along the Macal River, settle into 10 intimate, rest in eco-friendly cabanas, nosh on farm-to-table ... morecuisine, sip tropical cocktails, cool off in our infinity pool, and graze with resident donkeys through our working, organic farm. Take the river by canoe or tube, hike jungle trails, and allow us to plan your excursions to the many natural wonders and Mayan sites in Belize.

Awards: 
TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Winner 2020
Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Award 2020
Travel & Hospitality Awards - Lodge of the Year 2018 & 2019
Global Luzury Hotel & Spa Awards - Boutique Lodge of the Year 2019
TravelMyth Top 20 Accommodations for Honeymoons 2019
Latin American Business Awards - Best Boutique Lodge 2019
Belize Tourism Board Small Hotel of the Year 2010 & 2015
Belize Green Business Award 2011
Gold Certified:
Yes
Safe Corridor:
Yes
Phone Number:
+501-672-4040
Area:
Cayo
Region:
Western Belize
Conveniently located a short walk from downtown San Ignacio, Rolson Hotel offers comfortable accommodations and free WiFi access.... more

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the western border, a 10-minute drive from the Xunantunich Maya Site and a 10-minute walk from the Cahal Pech Archaeology Site. The Princess Casino and the Green Iguana Conservation Project are a few minutes' walk away.

The rooms offer a mini-fridge, cable TV, alarm clock and a safety deposit box. They also include coffee and a coffee maker, 2 water bottles and ironing facilities. The private bathroom has a shower and hairdryer.

The on-site Mexican restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of local dishes. It also has a fully equipped bar with top shelf liquor, cocktails and beers.

Staff at Rolson Hotel's front desk can assist with massage services, laundry and tours. Transfers from and to the airports are available for an additional charge. There is free parking.
Gold Certified:
Yes
Safe Corridor:
Yes
Phone Number:
+501 824-2730
Area:
San Ignacio
Region:
Western Belize
Just a 5-minute drive from the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers an outdoor pool, an spa and fantastic jungle views. The Green Iguana Conservation Project is ... morebased on site.

Each bright air-conditioned room has elegant décor, free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony overlooking the jungle. All rooms offer a safe, flat-screen cable TV and bathroom with a bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries

San Ignacio Resort Hotel has a restaurant, which serves international and Belizean cuisine. You can also find local restaurants within a 5-minute walk, in the centre of San Ignacio.

Free private parking is available at the San Ignacio Resort and the 24-hour reception can provide information about the surrounding area. The border with Guatemala is 9.3 miles away, while Belmopan is a 30-minute drive away.
Gold Certified:
Yes
Safe Corridor:
Yes
Area:
San Ignacio
Region:
Western Belize
Surrounded by rainforest and set next to the Macal River, Midas Resorts is a 10-minute walk from the centre of San Ignacio. The pretty complex features a hot tub, outdoor swimming ... morepool and attractive gardens.

Set in charming cabins, each villa and suite at the Midas Resort has bright décor and comes with a terrace. All accommodation has air conditioning, cable TV and a ceiling fan.

Guests can enjoy an English breakfast in the Midas’ dining room. There is also a bar, where free Wi-Fi is available.

The Midas Resort has an ideal setting for fishing and horse riding. The resort arranges trips to nearby caves and Mayan ruins, as well as bird watching excursions.
Gold Certified:
No
Safe Corridor:
No
Area:
Cayo
Region:
Western Belize
Located in San Ignacio, this rustic-style resort features spectacular views of the Belize River Valley and offers guests free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant. Cahal Pech Village Resort ... morealso has a tour desk.

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Each suite and room at this property is totally air-conditioned and comes with a cable TV, a wardrobe and a balcony. The private bathrooms feature a shower and toilet. Suites are also offered.

Local cuisine is served at the on-site restaurant, while guests will find other restaurants, many offering international cuisine, within a 10-minute walk.

Cahal Pech Village Resort can organize canopy tours and nature outings, or guests can relax at the outdoor swimming pool. Massages and other spa services can also be arranged.

The Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins are a 5-minute walk from the property, while Philip SW Goldson International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.
Gold Certified:
No
Safe Corridor:
No
Area:
San Ignacio
Region:
Western Belize
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Most Popular Tours
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Journey to the ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich on a horse for a closer experience with nature and appreciate the wonders of our rainforest, flora, and fauna. This experience begins ... moreon the outskirts of Succotz village riding along the banks of the Mopan River, you'd be lucky enough to spot the Howler Monkeys jumping from limb to limb and witness their powerful howl. Then heading on to the Maya site of Xunantunich, one of the most popular sites in Belize; where you will learn of its importance in Maya history. At the top of the highest temple, you'll behold a spectacular view, miles of the rainforest as well you will spot the border town of Benque Viejo (Belize) and neighboring Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala).
$
95
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
This adventure takes place along the Mopan River in San Jose Succotz Village, which was once considered a Mayan village, established in the eighteen hundreds. Crossing the Mopan River ... moreon a hand crank ferry followed by a mile drive to Xunantunich archeological site where you will learn how this was once great and flourishing civilization. Thereafter, the fun and excitement begin by floating on your tube on one of the only rivers that have retained its name since the time of the Mayas the “Mopan River”. This floating adventure takes at least three hours downstream, part of the float is mellow but the rapids make the adventure more exciting. The rapids are point five-just enough to kick in some adrenaline.
$
105
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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ATM CAVE TOUR Taking a journey into the Mayan underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal, or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre”, will be one of the most enlightening, epic, and unique experiences ... moreof your life. Leave the world of the living behind as you venture into the heart of the ATM Cave with your licensed guide. Recently deemed the #1 Sacred Cave destination in the world by National Geographic, the ATM cave is not only beautiful geologically, with its crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, but also historically, as is a natural museum of ancient Mayan artifacts, as well as a sacred burial place. This is the final resting place of the “Crystal Maiden”, an ancient Mayan ceremonial victim, as well as the remains of 13 other sacrificed men, women, and children. MayaWalk guides have led government officials, National Geographic teams, the Discovery Channel, The British High Commission, and US Embassy officials into the ATM Cave. 

This sacrificial site is accessed by approximately an hour drive from our office in San Ignacio. Here we enter the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and park our vehicles at the ranger post. From this point on we are on foot, hiking through the jungle for approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the cave. The hike includes three stream crossings. To access the cave, we swim across a small spring-fed pool with the assistance of a rope and wade into knee-high water into the dark underworld of the cave that allows us access to the extensive underground maze of tunnels, passageways and chambers, climaxing in the ceremonial chamber housing stoneware, ceramics and the famed crystallized skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden”. We spend approximately 3 hours in the cave under the instruction of our experienced guides.

Leave your cameras behind and experience the power of ancient spirits with your mind, body, and soul. This is not only a physical adventure but a journey into the spiritual realm. We enter back into the jungle world and hike to our vehicles, where we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch, with water and soft drinks, before driving back to San Ignacio.
Tours & Shuttles
$
30
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
This tour is done in collaboration with the Drums, not Guns Program. A member of the Program will be your instructor, teaching you the art of holding your drums, some history of the ... moreSambai and how to play.
$
20
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
The Belizean people, especially those from the rural Creole villages, make wines from every fruit, herb and vegetables they have available. These wines are made using simple ingredients ... moresuch as brown sugar and what ever fruit, herb or vegetable you chose to flavor it with. Wine drinking is done for recreation and healing purposes. We meet you at the Cayo Welcome Center and we walk over to the Wildfire Artzmosphere where you get to relax and begin your wine tasting. You get to chose 5 flavors from a variety of local herbs and fruit flavors including banana, mango, strong back herb, spiced t-back herb . . .
$
55
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
We'll pick you up at the Cayo Welcome Center and we walk over to the Wildfire Artzmosphere where you will be greeted with a glass of local Belizean wine. After which you will get indulge ... morein 4 Belizean dishes filled with spices in every bite as we explore and enjoy foods from 4 of our major cultures within Belize. We start with a Creole delicacy and one of my childhood favorites, "Boil Up". Boil Up just as the name implies, is a number of boiled local root vegetables, eggs, pigtail and fish covered in a special coconut flavored tomato and onion sauce.
From there we delve into the savory sensations of the Mestizo culture. You will get to indulge in the diverse corn based foods and enjoy Belizeans favorites; salbutes, garnaches and empanadas. Of course we will be having Mayan food as well and since we already had so much corn we're going to have some "Relleno de negro" which is a Mayan specialty also known to locals as "black dina" with coconut white rice. Last but definitely not the least, we discover the authentic flavors of the Garifuna culture where we get to eat some Darasa with coconut curried vegetables and stewed beef. Darasa can be considered the Garifuna version of the Belizean tamales. We end by making our own Belizean sweet treat called "Wangla". This Experience is guaranteed to leave you "Belizeanized!"
$
35
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
We meet at the Cayo Welcome Center where you get an introduction to Belize and San Ignacio and a glimpse of what life was like before the Welcome center was built. We then take a walk ... moredown Burns avenue also known as the Tourist street, walking up to the Constitution park where we talk about the colonial history of the community in comparison to what we presently see.

We point out major historical buildings and landmarks like the San Ignacio Police Station and the Hawkesworth Bridge which we will also take a walkover as we go to the twin town of Santa Elena. We will make a stop at one of our major tortilla factories where guests get to learn how modern-day corn tortillas are made and the processes and machines being used.

We cross back into San Ignacio town using the low wooden bridge where you get some history of the Macal River that flows beneath it. Our final stop will be the San Ignacio Farmers Market where you get to sample exotic Belizean fruits, learn medicinal values of the foods and herbs available and make your own corn tortilla the traditional Mayan way. We then take you back to the Cayo Welcome Center as we end the tour.
$
155
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
The Mystical Mayan Experience is a three (3) part tour: (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY) First stop: The San Ignacio Farmers Market where you will be introduced to the native crops that ... moreare in season in Belize, sampling exotic fruits. You will also get to see cultural foods, arts and crafts and "Made in Belize" souvenirs.

Second stop: Then off we go to one of our beautiful ancient Mayan sites; we choose between Xunantunich or Cahal Pech. There we will talk about the indigenous Mayans of Belize and what life was like for them back in the BC and early AD era. Guests get to explore and climb selected temples.

Third stop: To San Antonio Village we go. This is one of the few villages in the country of Belize where the people still follow their Mayan Traditions. Timotea and her family will welcome you and show you how to make your own corn tortillas and how to eat it in the Mayan way. You also get to sample the atole which is a Mayan corn drink. One of the highlights of the trip is the ceramic pottery making, and yes you get to make your own pottery of your choice. And finally, we sit down and eat a traditional Mayan lunch made from the crops harvested by the Women's Coop.

With our stomach's, minds and heart's content we deliver you back to San Ignacio Town or your place of stay so you can unwind and continue to enjoy your day.
$
15
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
You will join us at the downtown San Ignacio where we will be hearing the cultural music. We will have a one-hour cultural dance session where you will get to learn to dance to the ... moretraditional Garifuna music also known to the locals as the "national music of Belize" which is called PUNTA. Punta came from the African word "Bunda" which means the movement of your buttocks. :-)
$
50
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Our signature river tubing is very unique, relaxing and affordable. We here at Jem Travels & Tours take great pride in creating new activities to showcase Belize. This tour is ... moreonly done by us and is slowly becoming a major hit. It is great for large groups especially. This tour begins at Bullet Tree River, near Paslow Falls and ends at our private property, Green Acre. It is approximately 3-4 hours of tubing. We provide tubes and life jackets, transfers, and guides. We also have tube coolers, that is if you want to have a party on the river! But what makes this tour really unique is that you get to see locals hanging out near the banks of the river and you get to see wildlife in the open such as birds and iguanas. Once you get to Green Acre you have the choice of doing your own picnic or we can provide food for you at a small fee. Whatever you decide, you can hang out at Green Acre for extra time if you like.
$
30
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$
65
/ Person
Type of Vehicle:
Mini Van
Provider:
Need shared shuttle Transportation, and Transfers? We provide a comfortable ride to and from San Ignacio to Hopkins or Dangriga. Fares are for One-Way trips departing from the San ... moreIgnacio, Hopkins or Dangriga. Pickup and Drop off directly to your hotel or port.
$
45
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$
75
/ Person
Type of Vehicle:
Mini Van
Provider:
Need shared shuttle Transportation, and Transfers? We provide a comfortable ride to and from the San Ignacio, Cayo to Placencia. Fares are for One-Way trips departing from San Ignacio ... moreor from Placencia. Pickup and Drop off directly to your hotel or port.
$
20
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$
50
/ Person
Type of Vehicle:
Mini Van
Provider:
Need shared shuttle Transportation, and Transfers? We provide a comfortable ride to and from the Philip Goldson International Airport to San Ignacio/Cayo. Fares are for One-Way trips ... moredeparting from the airport or from San Ignacio. Pickup and Drop off directly to your hotel.
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