Must-Have Experiences in San Ignacio Belize

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San Ignacio Belize Tours

San Ignacio is the second-largest town in Belize and the gateway to some of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the country. San Ignacio, along with its twin town Santa Elena, has lots to offer for visitors.

If you're visiting San Ignacio, here are some must-have experiences:

Discover the Cave of the Crystal Maiden

Also known as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, this vast underground space was once used by ancient Maya priests to conduct religious ceremonies, including human sacrifices. The cave earned its nickname for the preserved remains of a young woman who was sacrificed to the gods more than 1,000 years ago. Over time, her bones fused with minerals in the cave, giving her remains an unearthly, crystalline glitter.

Explore San Ignacio's Charming Downtown

If you want local color, the best place to experience it is in downtown San Ignacio. A riverside open-air market is where you'll see traders and artisans from across the country to sell their wares and swap gossip. And there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops located right next to the market.

Climb an Ancient Maya Pyramid



The ancient Maya once numbered more than two million people in Belize, and this advanced culture built colossal palaces, pyramids, and temples. Today, sites like Cahal Pech and Xunantunich can be visited, and few sights can compare to seeing the jungle spread out like a green jewel from atop an ancient Maya pyramid.

Go Cave Tubing Down a Jungle River

Cave tubing is a uniquely Belizean activity that involves using an inflatable inner tube to float down underground rivers. Many of the caves in the region are enormous underground passages up to seven miles long. Along the way, participants can see ancient Maya artifacts left behind more than a millennia ago.

Enjoy Some Horseback Riding

One of the best ways to enjoy the unspoiled nature in Belize is by horseback. Tours include exploring huge, privately-owned estates as well as trips to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Resort, home to the tallest waterfalls in Central America.

If you're planning on visiting San Ignacio, be sure to book your adventure tours with Cahal Pech Tours. Based right in San Ignacio, Cahal Pech Tours specializes in exciting outdoor activities and guided excursions to all of the best spots in the region, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal (located just across the border in Guatemala).

And the best place to stay in San Ignacio is Cahal Pech Village Resort. Featuring lovely, thatched-roof cabanas and a fantastic view of the river valley, Cahal Pech Village Resort is a great hotel for families, honeymooners, and adventure travelers.

Questions about visiting Belize? Send us an email or call 239- 494- 3281. We will love to help you plan your Belize tours and activities.

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