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13 Reasons to Visit San Ignacio

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Because of Xunantunich Maya Temples

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Xunantunich is one of many Maya Ruins that can be explored from San Ignacio Town. The ruin first opened to visitors in 1950 and since then, extensive archeological work has been carried out at the site providing a wealth of historical information about the Mayas.

The site was a major ceremonial center during the Maya Classical period (600 to 900 AD) and El Castillo (The Castle) is the most prominent temple which stands at 130 feet high.

Because of the Royal Palace of Cahal Pech

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The Royal Palace of Cahal Pech is just 5-minute walk from Cahal Pech Village Resort. Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya and was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite ruling family who lived here during the Classic period.

The site was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD and consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ballcourts, an altar, and a sweathouse, all situated on just 2 acres.

Because of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or the Belize ATM Cave

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Actun Tunichil Muknal or the Belize ATM Cave can be described as an “Indiana Jones” Belize tour and provides a thrilling experience to view impressive stalactites and stalagmites rock formations coupled with Maya pottery that have been undisturbed for hundreds of years.

The site is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland and is located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest in the Cayo District.

Because of Barton Creek Cave

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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 attraction in the Cayo District.

Barton Creek is a cathedral-like wet cave once used for ceremonial purposes and human sacrifices by the Maya. A pair of Peace Corps volunteers stumbled on the cave in 1970 and found that it had been looted but still contained an enormous amount of pottery and artifacts.

Archaeologists didn’t study the cave until 1998; they found large ceramics on high ledges, plus evidence of 20 human remains, including a necklace made of finger bones.

Because of Tikal in Guatemala ( it can be accessed easily from San Ignacio)

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Tikal is a place for wondering, not only at the engineering accomplishments of the Maya, but at the lush jungle of the Peten region in Guatemala. The site is located within a national park where the local Mayans still practice their cultural activities handed down through generations.

Because of San Ignacio’s close proximity to the Belize/Guatemala Border, travelers can easily do this tour from Belize.

Because of Cave Tubing and Zip Lining

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Cave tubing has become one of Belize’s most popular adventure activities. The tour takes you down the Caves Branch River System into an underground cave once used by ancient Maya. Within these vast caverns, travelers witness incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites some shaped like human and wildlife figures.

The access point is at mile 37 on the Western Highway and is just one hour away from San Ignacio Town.

At this same location, travelers also have the opportunity to do zip lining. Soar through the thick Belizean jungle high above the forest floor, with nothing below but green and lush vegetation. You will do a total of seven platforms with a beginners run of only 150 feet and six other runs which range from 200 to 600 feet between treetop platforms.

Because of Mountain Pine Ridge

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The Mountain Pine Ridge is the ultimate destination for nature lovers and captivates travelers with its dense pine forests, cascading waterfalls and smooth granite boulders.

This nature reserve is located south of San Ignacio and is one of the most scenic places to visit in Belize.

Because of Caracol Maya Ruins

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Caracol Maya Ruins is located deep in the jungles of the Chiquibul Nature Reserve in the Cayo District. The site is home to the majestic and impressive temple “Caana” which prominently peeks through the jungle canopy and has been rated as one of the tallest man made buildings in Belize.

Caracol boasts several hieroglyphic carvings on stelae alters, ball court and capstones and is a must see Maya city in Belize.

Because You Can Go Horseback Riding in the Jungle

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You will not only find ancient Maya ruins in San Ignacio Town but also open farmlands and lush jungle trails with picturesque views which are perfect for horseback riding.

You can experience Belizean wildlife in their natural habitat and numerous species of plants on a horseback riding tour. Contact us today to find out about our horseback riding adventures.

Because You Can Go Canoeing in the Macal River

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Canoeing in the Macal River is a good way to familiarize yourself with the flora and fauna of western Belize.

Our knowledgeable guides will not only educate you about the exotic plants and animals you will see on the picturesque river bank but will also help you spot the birds and iguanas that are perched high above the jungle canopy.

Because of Che Chem Ha Cave

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Located 16 miles away from San Ignacio Town near Vaca Falls, Che Chem Ha Cave is most notable for its unique collection of Maya artwork and artifacts.

The cave’s entrance is decorated with Maya motifs and an assortment of storage jars line the walls of its chamber.

Visitors will notice that many of the storage jars still contain maize and other staples of the ancient Maya diet.

Because of the San Ignacio Market

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On the banks of the Macal River, slightly on the edge of downtown San Ignacio, there is a sprawling market on Saturday where everything from shoes and clothing to housewares and fresh produce is for sale. Locals use the market as their primary place to buy and sell everyday items for the week ahead. It’s also a social occasion, with people gathering to catch up on local gossip in the food stalls.

If you happen to be in San Ignacio on a Saturday, we recommend that you do a tour of the market.

Because of the Black Hole Drop

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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.

Contact us:

Cahal Pech Village Resort
Cahal Pech Hill
San Ignacio Town, Cayo District Belize, P.O. Box #1

Email: info@cahalpech.com
Belize Tel #: 501 824 3740
Belize Fax #:501 824 2225
US Tel #: 239 494 3281

 

 

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