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San Ignacio is a small town located in the Cayo district of Western Belize, on the banks of the Mopan and Macal Rivers Just 67 miles from Belize City, San Ignacio is as easy to get to as it is full of adventure. It’s the largest town in the Cayo District, the area of Belize known for drawing adventurers and thrill seekers from all over the world.

San Ignacio is connected to its twin town, Santa Elena, by the only suspension bridge in the country, Hawkesworth Bridge. The construction of this historic bridge made the connection from Belize City to the adventure-filled Western regions not only possible, but easy.

Adventures

Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech

Just a short walk from the present-day town of Cahal Pech, also known as "The Place of Ticks" in Yucatecan Maya, this Maya site is very convenient to visit. Located in San Ignacio along the banks of the Macal River in the Cayo District, Cahal Pech was a ceremonial center, with temples, palaces and a ball court. The site offers you a spectacular panoramic view of San Ignacio and the Belize River Valley.
Rio on Pools

Rio on Pools

Getting here is only part of the fun! Located within the magnificent Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the Rio On Pools is scenic, with its granite rocks and ledges that form the most aesthetic waterfalls and fresh-water pools. The river-banks feature the perfect picnic locations with excellent views of the area.
San Ignacio Market

San Ignacio Market

If you want to get a feel for how the locals shop, check out the San Ignacio Market on a Saturday. Local farmers sell fruits and vegetables and vendors offer crafts, clothing and household goods. It’s a great way to buy some real Belizean items and meet some really great people.
Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave

Tucked away in the Mountain Pine Ridge area is Barton Creek Cave, a wet cave that offers canoeing and a chance to see Maya ceramics and calcified skeletons of ancient Maya. If you want adventure, the drive here alone should get you ready for this cave expedition.One of the most interesting discoveries was a necklace composed of perforated animal finger bones and a carved bone. The carving depicts a seated figure with his hands across his waist and legs facing forward.
Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Deep within the forests lies a wonder of both ancient and natural Belize. Following a 45-minute drive from San Ignacio and a 45-minute hike through the beautiful Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve with numerous jungle stream crossings, visitors find a crystal-clear stream flowing from the cave opening.Take a short swim into the cave and a guided hike through the passage to one of the most impressive Maya sites in Belize. Also known locally as "Xibalba," you'll find evidence of ceramics, stoneware and skeletons. One artifact named the "Monkey Pot" is one of just four found in Central America. One skeleton, known as "The Crystal Maiden," is the calcified bones of a teenage girl, giving the skeleton a sparkling appearance.

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The San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Established in 1976 by a hardworking Lebonese immigrant, this Belizean family owned and operated hotel has long been the centerpiece of San Ignacio town and thus Cayo society. Dubbed The Only Jungle in Town, charm and hospitality ooze from the very pores of this heartfelt hotel. 27 guest rooms and suites are set in the midst of a 17-acre private estate with close proximity to some of the most notable Mayan Ruins in Central America, comfort and peace may be found while adventure abounds in all directions. 

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