Known as the eco-tourism capital of Belize, San Ignacio is one of the top destinations to visit in Belize. Close to all of the major attractions in the country, visitors can choose between a variety of natural and ancient wonders to admire.
If you are visiting San Ignacio soon, here are 10 amazing day trips that you can enjoy:
1 - ATM Cave
The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave lay undisturbed for more than a millennia before being rediscovered 20 years ago. The labyrinths and caverns of the ATM Cave were used by Maya priests in antiquity to perform elaborate human sacrifices in an effort to stave off misfortune, war, and famine.
2 - Xunantunich Maya Ruins
Home to the largest Maya royal tomb ever discovered, Xunantunich is a vast complex of pyramids, temples, and ball courts.
3 - Tikal in Guatemala
Just across the border in Guatemala lies the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal, perhaps the most iconic Maya city ever discovered.
4 - Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Measuring more than 166 square miles, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is a wonderland of waterfalls, pine forests, crocodiles, caves, lakes, falcons, toucans, and parrots.
5 - Caracol Maya Ruins
The largest ancient Maya city state ever discovered, Caracol was bigger than modern-day Belize City during the height of the Maya Empire.
6 - Cahal Pech Maya Ruins
Built on a cliff overlooking the Macal River Valley, Cahal Pech was a small city built with elaborate homes and residences for the elite of the ancient Maya.
7 - Canoeing on the Macal River
One of the most beautiful and pristine rivers in Belize, the Macal River offers travelers a chance to see wildlife and a bounty of jungle flora up close and personal.
8 - Zip Lining in the Jungle
Few experiences can compare to sailing through the jungle canopy on a series of zip lines.
Participants will guide their canoes through a series of enormous caves once used by the ancient Maya for a variety of ritual and religious purposes.
10 - Cave Tubing
Few experiences can compare to idly drifting down a river on an inner tube while passing through a spectacular series of caves.
Whether you're interested in exploring the natural wonders of Belize or learning more about the ancient Maya culture, the area in and around San Ignacio is the ideal place to enjoy a vacation in Belize.