As a tropical vacation destination, Belize is well-known for its pristine white-sand beaches, warm Caribbean water, and friendly people. Most visitors to Belize make their way to the more popular locations such as Ambergris Caye, Placencia or Caye Caulker. While these places offer plenty of activities, great food, and a large variety of accommodations, they can get busy during the peak season, leaving you wanting to get away from your getaway. Instead of the hustle and bustle of these busy places, try taking your next vacation in Belize off the beaten path in San Ignacio.
Located in western Belize, San Ignacio is a small town that is 67 miles from Belize City. The town is considered Belize's gateway to adventure and attracts thrill-seekers from all over the world. The town offers numerous types of lodging, ranging from youth hostels to luxury resorts, all of which make a great home base for exploring and touring the region.
The area is best known for its beautiful and wild scenery. During your stay in San Ignacio, you'll want to check out the unique cave systems while gaping at impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and Maya artifacts. You can either trek or grab an inner tube and float your way through some of the cave systems. The Caves Branch River for example runs through the Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. The reserve has several caves and Maya sites perfect for exploring. If you prefer to view the rainforest canopies of the reserve from above, you can zipline your way through the forest.
From San Ignacio, you'll have a chance to hike and discover the many wonders of the area's Maya ruins. Ancient cities such as Caracol, Xunantunich, and Cahal Pech offer a glimpse into Maya culture and provide hands-on history lessons.
You will also want to take a leisurely hike through the rainforest on your way to the towering Big Rock Falls. Tucked into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this awesome waterfall offers the adventurous visitor a chance for diving, swimming, or just relaxing on the nearby rocks. The environment of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest consists of tropical and cool pine forests with fresh-water mountain streams. The area's Rio On Pools are perfect for swimming or wading. While there, keep an eye and an ear out for the numerous species of flora and fauna, some unique to this region. The area is popular with both amateur and skilled bird-watchers.
For the traveler looking for an adventurous vacation spot, San Ignacio is the best place to be in Belize. For the traveler looking for a great place to stay, Cahal Pech Village Resort is one of the best resorts in San Ignacio. Tucked into the hills next to a Maya ruin, Cahal Pech Village Resort is a popular destination for travelers looking to slow down, unwind, and get away from crowds. The resort's location makes it an ideal base for anyone exploring the beauty of western Belize. Cahal Pech Village Resort offers a relaxing end to a day spent touring wildlife preserves, cave tubing, or hiking Mayan ruins.