32 Surprising Facts About San Ignacio Belize

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cahal pech maya ruins belizeIf you love unearthing facts and figures about destinations before you travel, the following 32 facts will make your visit to San Ignacio Belize much more enjoyable. Plan to lodge at Cahal Pech Village Resort when you come and you’ll be right in the middle of the action.

1. Expect to hear at least a dozen languages spoken in San Ignacio (Cayo); it’s quite the melting pot!

2. San Ignacio has a sister town: two bridges separate it from Santa Elena.

3. San Ignacio’s main street is so diverse, find everything from government offices to buses on Burns Avenue.

4. Belize’s tallest pyramid, El Castillo is 127-feet tall. It’s the second highest structure in Belize.

5. Cahal Pech’s plazas and temples have been lovingly restored over time.

6. Book a room at Cahal Pech Village Resort 15 minutes from San Ignacio Town and you can say that you literally slept atop a Mayan ruin.

7. Belize is next to Guatemala; see two countries for the price of one.

8. Tikal, in Guatemala, was hidden from sight until 1948 when this Mayan epicenter was unearthed.

9. See a calcified skeleton that sparkles within the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave.

10. Barton Creek Cave delivers bones and skulls in addition to spooky stalagmites.

11. The San Ignacio Saturday market is not to be missed for a true taste of Cayo.

12. Belize Mennonites are best known for their dairy farms and the foods they produce.

13. Jump off the Big Rock Waterfall at Mountain Pine Ridge only if you’re in excellent physical shape.

14. There’s an alternative to Big Rock that’s equally thrilling and less risky: Rio on Pools.

15. Canoe the Macal River any time you like as long as you know how to paddle!

16. Belize has two butterfly havens: Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and the Tropical Wings Nature Center.

17. Did you know that Belize’s Botanical Gardens cover 50 wondrous acres?

18. Che Chem Ha Cave features Mayan art that may remind you of France’s famous wall murals.

19. Nobody can explore Che Chem Ha Cave without a guide; relics inside are that priceless.

20. Learn how iguanas are bred at Belize’s Iguana Conservation Project at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

21. The most fascinating cave? Some say it’s Barton Creek where visitors paddle into giant caverns by boat.

22. Cahal Pech’s English translation is “Place of Ticks” due to the area’s agrarian history.

23. The Caracol Maya Ruins require a jungle trek to get to this secluded ancient village.

24. Belize has two famous holes: The Blue Hole in the ocean and the Black Hole in the Maya Mountain range.

25. Five streams branch off from the Macal River: Cacao Camp, Mollejon, Rio On, Privassion and Rio Frio.

26. Archaeological exploration continues at Xunantunich; researchers believe more undiscovered history awaits.

27. Guess how tall Thousand Foot Falls, in the Mountain Pine Ridge, is? It’s actually 1,500 feet tall. Oops.

28. The primary purpose of the Rio Frio Cave in the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve? A mausoleum.

29. One of the most popular transportation modes in San Ignacio is hitchhiking!

30. Indulge in a full day of delicious, filling food for about $7USD in Belize if you’re on a budget.

31. If you’re interested in herbal pharmaceuticals, travel the Medicinal Jungle Trail and expect surprises.

32. Nobody leaves Belize without cave tubing! Pick Jaguar Paw for your adventure and you can also zip line.

Questions about visiting San Ignacio Belize? Contact us at info@cahalpech.com or call toll free 239 494 3281. We’d love to help you plan your Belize vacation.

 

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