One of the top attractions in Belize is the lovely open-air market in San Ignacio Town. Situated right on the banks of the Macal River, the market is a place where artisans, farmers, and craftsmen come from all over the country to sell their goods and trade gossip.
Saturday is the most popular time to visit the market, as this is when the most vendors fill the area with a rainbow of delicious produce, handcrafted furniture, homemade cheeses and dairy products, souvenirs, and even traditional medicines. A tour of the market is a great way to see the melting pot of Belize as its finest, listening to shoppers and vendors chat in Maya, English, German, Creole, and Spanish as they bargain for the best prices.
On display are a true cornucopia of locally grown fruits, vegetables, cereals, condiments, spices, herbal remedies, homemade clothing, artwork, crafts, and even tropical plants.
Whether you're stocking up on goodies or just prefer to enjoy the colorful ambiance, a trip to the San Ignacio Market pairs perfectly with a trip to nearby bars, shops, and restaurants, a great way to relax and unwind while ensuring that you get the perfect souvenir of your time in Belize. Touring the market is the perfect introduction to the polyglot, multicultural society of Belize as well as meet friendly locals.
From Cahal Pech Village Resort, the San Ignacio Market is about a 15-minute journey on foot. Guests can also choose to take a taxi, which will take about five minutes to get to the market from the resort.