Every year, Lonely Planet, the world's most popular publisher of tourism guides, assembles its list of the top 10 places to visit in the upcoming year. This week, Lonely Planet chose Belize as one of its top 10 best value destinations, listing the country as a travel bargain for the budget-conscious traveler. The only country in Central or South America to make Lonely Planet's top 10 list, Belize was selected for being "surprisingly" affordable while offering world-class attractions like exploring ancient Maya ruins, snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean, and a delicious medley of tasty street foods.
Some of the top attractions in Belize include visiting the vibrant market town of San Ignacio in the country's western Cayo District. Often described as the eco-tourism capital of Belize, San Ignacio is now the second-biggest settlement in the country. The center of the town is home to the country's most popular open-air market, a large space on the banks of the Macal River where indigenous Maya, local German Mennonites, and farmers meet to sell fresh produce, dairy products, artwork, handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional medicines.
San Ignacio is the gateway to everything that the west has to offer, including popular ancient Maya ruins at Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and Caracol. San Ignacio is located just a short distance from the border with Guatemala along the road that leads to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal, one of the most impressive Maya sites ever discovered. Belize's Cayo District is famous for its natural beauty and adventure travel opportunities, including canoeing, hiking through the enormous Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, waterfalls, horseback riding, and bird watching.
Cahal Pech Village Resort located just minutes outside of the town of San Ignacio is the perfect base for your 2017 Belize vacation. Conveniently located to ancient Maya ruins, rainforests ideal for hiking, jungles bursting with wildlife, and the amazing Tikal site in nearby Guatemala, the Cahal Pech Village Resort features lovely thatched-roof cabanas, a gourmet restaurant, a conference center, and a full compliment of modern conveniences in a beautiful, natural setting.
Cahal Pech is just a few minutes from the Maya Flats airstrip serving San Ignacio, the ideal place to connect with other top destinations in the country like Ambergris Caye, Placencia, and Caye Caulker. The professional team at the Cahal Pech Village Resort has years of experience in helping arrange organized tours and coordinating with other resorts for the beach portion of your vacation.
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