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San Ignacio Town

Cradled in a Picturesque Valley between the Macal & Mopan Rivers

San Ignacio

San Ignacio & Sister Town, Santa Elena make up Belize's second largest urban area. The two towns are separated by the Macal River and Belize's only suspension bridge, the one-lane Hawksworth Bridge (Built in 1949). Together the towns have a combined population of about 20,000.

Burns AvenueKnown locally as "Cayo", San Ignacio is located along the Western Highway about 70 miles west and 90 minutes drive time from Belize City and 9 miles east of the Guatemalan border. Teeming with archaeologists, missionary workers, entrepreneurs, North American retirees and adventure seekers, "Cayo" is a unique blend of America's Old West and tropical backwater with frontier-like wooden shops on narrow streets.

Burns Avenue is "Main Street" and a good place to begin a tour of the town. Most evenings it's a busy thoroughfare with lots of people walking in the streets. Burns Avenue and the adjacent streets are packed with shops, hotels and places to eat where hospitable townspeople mingle in restaurants, bars and wooden shops with colonial era architecture of days gone by. Both English and Spanish are spoken, plus a myriad of other languages.

Things to Do in San Ignacio ...

Hammock Bridge at Branch MouthWalk or Jog 1.5 miles along scenic Branch Mouth Road to the "Hammock Bridge" where the Macal and Mopan rivers join up. From the shaded river bank, you can watch for wild parrots along with lazing iguanas and enjoy a swim in the heat of the day.

Located on a Hill-top overlooking the San Ignacio area is where to find Cahal Pech, a Maya archaeological site. It's a quick taxi ride or a 20-minute uphill walk from town.

Iguana Conservation ProjectThe Iguana Conservation Project is located at at the San Ignacio Hotel and offers visitors the opportunity to take a closer look at these descendants of dinosaurs. Juvenile green iguanas are cared for until they are ready to be released into the wild. Learn how vital they are to the ecological balance of the Macal River Eco-system. This hands-on tour is both fun and educational and takes about an hour to complete.

marketSaturday is the Busiest Market Day
Here you will find vendors from the small towns and villagers selling their wares and locally-grown fruits and vegetables. You can get good buys on bananas, papaya, pineapples, oranges, mangos, coconuts, avocados and other tropical produce.

Cash Advances, Real Estate, and auto rentals are some of the business services readily available in San Ignacio.


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