Are Ambergris Caye, Placencia and Caye Caulker too expensive for your travel budget? San Ignacio Town is the destination you’ve been hoping and praying for!
Editors at epicPew.com have gone out of their way to compile a list of U.S. cities named for Catholic saints. If you love trivia, scroll through--even if you’ve no religious affiliation. Of course, frequent Belize visitors know that the nation has its own towns named for saints and you don't have to be pious to visit them. But for a long list of reasons, we like to call San Ignacio Town nothing short of heavenly!
Location, location, location
San Ignacio, situated in the Cayo District of Western Belize, is the acknowledged eco-tourism capital of the nation due to its proximity to historic and natural wonders. It was once the home to Mayas, as evidenced by Xunantunich (“Maiden of the Rock”), a fabulous empire settled before 600 BC. Even jaded archaeologists stand in awe of this compound and neighboring El Castillo pyramid that offers awe-inspiring views of the Belize and Guatemala border.
No desire to climb a pyramid? How about sacred caves like ATM and Barton Creek—both tourism hot spots in the San Ignacio vicinity. You’ll even have access to Tikal, the Maya ruins situated on the Guatemala side of the Belize/Guatemala border if the 900 ruins located in Belize aren’t enough for your curious mind.
The saints smile on Belize’s nature wonders
San Ignacio Town makes the perfect base from which to explore the nation’s natural wonders. Where to stay? At a resort offering an inspiring view of the town from on high: Cahal Pech Village Resort . Cahal Pech is more than a resort; it’s a jumping-off point to adventures guaranteed to trigger a few prayers.
Sacred caves (mention above) are often hard to reach but the trek is worth the effort. For example, you'll see skeletal remains left behind following sacrificial ceremonies. On the other hand, if the underworld doesn’t get your blood pressure up, zip lining across jungle treetops will. Cahal Pech is literally built atop a Maya ruin so you couldn’t get any closer to the nation’s roots if you tried!
Primitive lodgings? No way!
Cahal Pech is the Belize resort you envision in your wildest dreams, yet every modern convenience is incorporated into a stay. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, there are three freshwater pools from which to choose and they're all in close proximity to thatched roof accommodations with verandas that are the essence of privacy.
Sound pricey? Not so much. You could enjoy the advantages of this resort for less than $100 USD per night. Whether your vacation style is sticking around the resort, availing yourself of amenities like Macal River canoeing, booking bird watching tours or roaming the San Ignacio market--Cahal Pech staffers can help you plan your itinerary so you don't miss a thing.
Eager for unusual experiences? The Green Iguana Exhibit is located in San Ignacio Town as well as the San Ignacio House of Culture. We warned you: San Ignacio Town has been blessed with so many things to see, do and experience, you'll declare it heavenly, too!