The eco-tourism capital of Belize, San Ignacio, located in the country's beautiful western Cayo District, was recently given a top rating by the world's most popular travel website, TripAdvisor. Based on the weighted rankings of its millions of users, TripAdvisor gave high marks for two destinations in Belize, San Ignacio and the island of Ambergris Caye, ranking the latter as one of the top 25 destinations to visit in Central America.
San Ignacio and its sister town across the river Santa Elena serve as the gateway to the pristine nature of the western part of the country. San Ignacio its famous for its colorful open air market on the banks of the Macal River where local farmers and artisans come to swap gossip and sell a dazzling variety of fresh local produce, dairy, handicrafts, souvenirs, and even traditional medicines. San Ignacio is also known for its delightful restaurants and sidewalk cafes that serve up a mouthwatering array of local and international dishes bursting with flavor.
Other exciting activities that you can enjoy in San Ignacio include visiting the House of Culture, St. Andrew's Anglican Church, and the Green Iguana conservation project. San Ignacio is also the perfect place for exciting nearby adventures like horseback riding through the rainforest, zip lining through the jungle canopy, canoeing, swimming in a plunge pool beneath a waterfall, bird watching, hiking through national parks, and the uniquely Belizean activity known as cave tubing where you use an inner tube to float down a subterranean river.
Just a short distance from San Ignacio is the unique ancient Maya ruins of Cahal Pech. Far smaller than other nearby Maya ruins like Xunantunich and Caracol, Cahal Pech was built exclusively for the Maya nobility that once ruled a vast kingdom that stretched into what is now modern day Guatemala, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal.
Situated on a promontory with a gorgeous view of the river valley below, Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio is the perfect place to enjoy all that the town and region have to offer. The resort has lovely thatched roof cabanas, its own gourmet restaurant, and an open-air bar where you can enjoy a meal, sip on a cocktail, and marvel at the scenery. Cahal Pech can also arrange for ground transportation and tours to all of the popular destinations and adventure activities in the country.