San Ignacio Town

Category
Destination
Type of Destination
Town
Population
17,878
District/Region
Cayo
Description
Highlights
  • House of Culture - National Institute of Culture and History
  • Green Iguana Conservation Project
  • Cahal Pech Museum
  • Cahal Pech Archaeological Site
  • Cayo Welcome Center
  • Hawksworth Bridge
  • Macal River
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.
 
Features:
Phone Service
Restaurants
ATM services
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Sports Bars
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Events
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge The conception of the competition started back in 1998 as local business owner and investor, Richard Harrison, was thinking of a way to promote ... morea new brand of bottled water in Belize – VIDA Purified Water. Through this, Mr. Harrison was able to compose a committee for the event along with additional sponsors. Although the initial purpose was commercial, it was later advocated towards raising awareness about Belize’s environment and the history of the Belize River.

Since then, the La Ruta Maya River Challenge has been a popular annual event in households and to an international scale. It is the longest canoe race in Central America. Travelers from all over the world come to Belize in the first week of March to witness or participate in this prestigious competition.

The La Ruta Maya festivities start in San Ignacio Town with live bands, mini competitions, foods and other entertainment. It is a must-see event while in Belize as amateur and professional paddlers paddle their way in high endurance for a chance to win coveted prizes!
2020 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Be a part of the tradition! The 23rd Annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is coming your way! Starting from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio on March 6th and ending at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City on March 9th. Be there and experience the invigorating atmosphere as paddlers from all over the world navigate through 175 miles of Belize's magnificent rivers. This high endurance journey is more than just a race, it is a tradition!
Why should you attend the 2020 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge?

Happening only once a year, this competition is highly anticipated by both locals and visitors around the world. Exuding with excitement, the buzz around this weekend-long event is always a positive drive for paddlers to perform their best.
Start Date:
Friday, 6 Mar, 2020
Entrance Fee:
None
Venue:
Riverside
Address:
San Ignacio Town - Belize City
District:
Belize, Cayo
Available Listings
$
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
-
$
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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