10 Breathtakingly Beautiful Attractions in San Ignacio Belize

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A trip to San Ignacio Belize would not be complete without planning a visit to each of these breathtakingly beautiful attractions.

#1 Barton Creek Cave

One of the largest river caves in Belize, Barton Creek Cave consists of giant passages covered with numerous large speleothems over a navigable river and these features of the cave have made it a popular cave tour in the Cayo District.

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Photo by Trip Advisor

#2 Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya, and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period. Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD.

cahal pech maya ruins belize

#3 Caracol Maya Ruins

Caracol Maya Ruins is located in the Cayo District, deep in the jungles of the Chiquibul Reserve and the tour includes a visit to the on site museum that hosts the ancient artifacts narrating the story of Caracol in it’s era.

Caracol-Maya-Ruins in Belize

#4 Black Hole

The edge of the Actun Lock Tunich sink hole is over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rainforest. This tour begins with a hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountain and at the end of the hike; you prepare to descend for over 200 feet.

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Photo by Caves Branch

#5 Macal River

The Macal River runs through San Ignacio Town and discharges to the Belize River. There are several tributaries to the Macal River including the following streams: Privassion, Rio On, Rio Frio, Mollejon and Cacao Camp. The Macal River is excellent for canoeing!


#6 Xunantunich Maya Ruins

Xunantunich was the first Maya ruin to be opened for visitors in 1950, because of its proximity to San Ignacio. Extensive archeological work has been carried out at the site providing a wealth of historical information about the Mayas.

Xunantunich_El_Castillo Maya Ruins Belize

#7 Thousand Foot Falls

Thousand Foot Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge is believed to be the highest waterfall in Central America and is actually over 1,500 ft to the bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the falls. There is a short scenic trail around the escarpment for taking in the valley view.

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#8 Rio Frio Cave

The Rio Frio Cave is one of the most remarkable attractions in the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve.

Everything is gigantic in this cave! When you enter, you will see huge stalactites hanging from the massive cathedral-like vault which was part of a cave system that the Maya used to bury their dead.

rio frio cave system

#9 Big Rock Waterfalls

Big Rock Falls is one of the most beautiful and wonderful waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge. An easy climb over the granite boulders along the banks of the Privassion brings you to the base of the waterfall. The tremendous view of water rushing over the huge 150-ft rock formations and plummeting into the deep perfectly round pool at its base provides a rush of excitement. About ten to fifteen minutes later, the Privassion River comes into view and the sound of Big Rock Falls echoes through the valley.

big rock waterfalls in belize

#10 Rio on Pools

Rio on Pools is a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders that interconnect by small waterfalls making it perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day. This enchanting waterfall has been rated as a popular waterfall to visit in Belize.

Many travelers who visit Caracol Maya Temples in the Chiquibul Nature Reserve stop at this spectacular waterfall for a swim.


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