It’s true: parts of Belize are getting touristy. But San Ignacio remains rustic, making it a great base for budget-friendly tropical adventure travel. Canoe on the Macal River, or walk to Mayan ruins at Cahal Pec (just be warned: it's uphill).
Restaurants in San Ignacio
4.5 based on 48 reviews
We were attracted by the numerous signs. They did have an extensive sampling of Belizean crafts and some Guatamalan stuff as well but nothing really that we had not seen already.
5 based on 24 reviews
Brainard and Amado are simply the best!! They are super accommodating and willing to do exactly the tours that we wanted to do. As well, Brainard was so knowledgeable about all the sites, and also answered all of our questions about Belize in general. Instead of feeling like just visitors following a guide, it felt more like we were friends touring around. So friendly, funny...we had a blast!! Lots of fun, have and will continue to recommend Brainard as a tour guide to anyone who goes to Belize!!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Project is a continuous effort that aims to conserve and look after the endangered Green Iguana species in Belize. The hatchery uses interactive exhibits and programs to help educate and create awareness among international and local visitors. Here, you are given the opportunity mingle with these wonderful reptiles and also, learn the about the incubation, hatching, rearing, and releasing process
This iguana sanctuary is attached to the San Ignacio Hotel and is $9 US per person for a 45 min visit with the conservator. You get to hold the iguanas which are all rescue animals. They do outreach to local schools and communities to encourage protection of their native Green Iguanas.
4.5 based on 171 reviews
Belize Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend from a few hours to the whole day! Come and take one of our guided tours through the Gardens and discover some of the secrets within the plants and trees. Do you know what perfumes Chanel No5? or what tree can colour your clothes? come and find the answers. Visit our Orchid house with over 120 orchids species of Belize.
We stayed at duPlooy’s so we had access to the Gardens. The orchids weren’t in bloom at the time, but everything else was. We spent a late afternoon wandering around and enjoying the grounds. We also did a night tour, sadly didn’t see many animals, but enjoyed it nontheless.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This ancient Mayan site features a museum and several dozen surviving structures.
I have visited many Mayan Ruins, and the majority of the large ruins in Belize including Caracola and Xunantunich. Cahal Pech is still one of my favorite sites. It's tucked right in town near the Cahal Pech Resort Village and, outside of the hill you have to walk up, it's easy to visit.
The ruins themselves are small but very unique. They have all the buildings you would expect at a big ruin, a ball court, a temple, kings quarters, but in a really compact and shaded location.
Definitely worth checking out if you haven't visited a Mayan Ruin or if you want to do so in a very chill environment.
4 based on 216 reviews
We heard a lot of hype about this market so went early on a Saturday morning. We saw locals performing what appeared to be religious Karaoke; ministers bellowing their gospel, Belizean carvings of all types, plethora of fruits and veggies; food stalls with authentic Belizian cuisine, jewelry, clothes and meats and fish (although the latter was not on ice or refrigerated... even a bunch of adorable puppies for sale; We bargained on some local goods and came away with some nice presents for friends and family.
4.5 based on 67 reviews
a hidden gem west of San Ignacio, a recently discovered Mayan ruin pretty much being excavated now.... Jungle path is not for the weak or timid, requires stamina.... workers there are helpful, cost $5 US to go in. The jungle walk shows you the depth...MoreRediscovered in 1983, researched in depth starting 1993, established protected contiguous reserves in Belize and Guatemala by 1998, and developed into a bi-nationally protected space by 2005, El Pilar is a gem and yes the road is an adventure... we have hopes.
4.5 based on 60 reviews
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