San Ignacio in the Cayo District

“San Ignacio, Cayo is the best inland destination to go” say Luis

San Ignacio Town located in the Cayo District is known for its friendly people rich in culture, comfortable and hideaway accommodations, amazing food and it’s abundant of adventures tour! Together with Santa Elena Town on the opposite side of the Macal River, this inland destination the largest town in the country.

Linked together by Tree Bridges and connected by the Western Highway which end at the Belize Guatemalan border, making San Ignacio the opportune town place to stay for a tour of Tikal with having to stay in Petén, Guatemala.

These towns a roughly a two and half hour drive from the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize District.
The most recent bridge connect the Loma Luz Boulevard spanning the Macal River and connect to Joseph Andrews drive where Vivian’s Cafe is located just after Sacred Heart College.

Mopan River in Belize

The Mopan River starts in the district of Petén in Guatemala and flows through to the Cayo District in Belize. The Mopan River and the Macal River meets and is joined in the area locals call branch mouth and is a cool spot for a swim on a hot day. Branch Mouth which is about 15 minutes away from downtown. The Villager of Santa Familia frequently travel this area as the make the way to the village using a rope bridge of pull along boat – Forbes once list Santa Familia as a place to live.

The Ferry for Xunantunich Archaeological Site is crosses the Mopan River, where some tour operator in the area carry out river tubing and take a swim, go canoeing. Between Melcher De Mincho’s, Guatemala and Benque Viejo Del Carmen is the only time you would cross the river. San Jose Succotz and Bullet Tree Village in Belize are amount the last settlement on the bank of this river. Some wildlife found along the river includes: Green Iguanas, Howler Monkey, diverse flock of birds.

As you continue readin you will read about some places to stay along the Mopan River.

Let’s talk Accommodation!

The Cayo district boost a wide range accommodations.

There are many Jungle Resorts, Lodges, and Hotels. There are 5 star resorts like the San Ignacio Resort, as well as backpacker’s hostels like Bella’s Hotel. In or around San Ignacio, there’s something to offer for every traveler visiting Belize. A quick search on TripAdvisor and you will find a list of many place to stay. Below, we thought it would be great to include some places Ka’Wiil Tours carry tours and transfer from.

  • Rainforest Haven – Located in before the Harkworth Bridge Rainforest Haven is just a minute walk from everything in San Ignacio; banks, ATMs and stores.
  • Cassia Hill Resort - Formally Windy Hill which is  little hillside getaway in the foothills of the Mayan Mountains, just west of San Ignacio town in the Cayo District of Western Belize.
  • Venus Hotel – this hotel is a long standing place to stay preferred by location and foreigners a like, located on the now pedestrian only Burn Avenue
  • Cahal Pech Village Resort – A fantastic place to stay, porched on a hill overlooking the twin towns. Their Thatched roofed cabanas are highly favored
  • Clarissa Falls - has a more ranch type setting next to a rive, Just minutes away from San Ignacio along the Western Highway on the banks on the Mopan River
  • Chaa Creek - This resort once hosted Prince Harry and famous for its jungle luxury Setting, its a bit on the expensive side but totally worth it.
  • Mystic River Resort - Similar to Chaa Creek but little less luxury great for those looking for a jungle experience
  • Bella's Backpackers Hostel - Another great place to stay in the center of town
  • Log Cab Inn - is located just front of Windy Hill property on the Western Highway just out side of town, both place offer a great stay.
  • Cocopelle Inn - the new comer to the accommodations seen, for what you get the price is great. Located just a couple minutes walk from the hawkworth bridge and down San Ignacio.
  • Martha’s Guest House - is a upscale Guest House, Martha's is a long standing accommodation provide for the town, one of the first to open to accommodate guest.
  • Parrots Nest - Located on the Banks on the Mopan River in Bullet Tree Falls Village, offer a tree-house experience an is about five (5) minutes away from San Ignacio driving

Each of these accommodations has its own unique look and fill some have a pool available, some are located next to river or are located deep in the Rain-forest of the beaten path and away from the town life. Ka’Wiil offer transfers and tours to or from all hotels, resorts and AirBnb in or around San Ignacio town.

Let me tell about somethings you can do when in San Ignacio!

Things to do in San Ignacio Belize

Things to do in San Ignacio Belize are endless. The ATM Cave, Mayan Temples, and Rivers expeditions are just a few. These words aren't sufficient to describe a unique destination of such, which holds many beauty and wonders! Things to do in San Ignacio Belize – It’s a place where time flies and adventure lives. San Ignacio is like living in paradise. It is a great place for family vacation, adventure travelers, retirees, and a perfect home away from home. As one of Belize top destination for tourist, it’s definitely a place worth visiting on your Belize vacation. You may just want to explore and get your limbs active and get your list of “things to do” completed.

Our list of Adventure tours in Belize:

Food! Yes food. Often not in the spotlight of a destination, but we thought it would be good to include our favorite along with a couple well known place to eat.

Places to Eat in San Ignacio –

Things to do in San Ignacio Belize is EAT! It is a great food destination. The main area of San Ignacio Town is the famous Burns Avenue. A Street now closed especially for customers. No traffic, therefore you can walk peacefully and safely. On this same street you will discover the best restaurants in town. You will find Eva’s, Hannah’s, and Serendib just to name a few. These are the oldest restaurants in the town, holding a famous name like no other.

  1. Pops Restaurant - Must go for breakfast!
  2. Ervas Restaurant - Good food!
  3. Crave Restaurant - the new guys on the block is a excellent place to eat.
  4. Cenaida’s Restaurant - Local dished a favorite from the time it opened
  5. Mincho’s - a favorite among the locals
  6. Ko-Ox Han nah - Server Delicious lunch and Diners
  7. Mike's Kitchen - Great for Breakfast to our knowledge
  8. Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant - an evening food choice
  9. San Ignacio Farmer Market - Local food during the day, exceptionally good on Saturdays.
  10. Vivian's is a great place for kids and family to enjoy a snack or ice cream.
  11. The Ice Cream Shop located next to crave is also great for - you guessed it "ICE CREAM"
  12. D Stock at the Welcome center in the nice for snack also.

So that is ten (10) places to eat in San Ignacio. Honestly just dig in to Belize many food, try them all. From the Vendors on the street to some of the classy Restaurant in the area.

Place around San Ignacio you may like to take a visit to.

The Town of San Ignacio act as a hub for the surrounding villages and a settlements. Many students, Public Worker, Teacher and Farmers travel to this town on a daily basis. They come from place such as Bullet Tree Falls, Belly White, Santa Familiar and Spanish lookout either by Bullet Tree road or the Western Highway, Red Creek and Esperanza Village near the Belize River can also be found along the way. Traveling further west you will find the Town of San Jose Succotz where the ferry cross he mopan river to Xunantunich Archeological site and Benque Vejio Del Carmen which is you final stop be for the Belize Guatemalan Border. From Santa Elena Travelling slightly east you can find Cristo Ray Village and further on is San Antonio.

San Ignacio has also become a popular place for both foreign and local tourist. Local come from the Island such as Amerbergis Caye, Caulker and other coastal destination like Belize City, Dangriga and Placencia to enjoy the river and at time connect with relative. Belizean rarely experience the wonders that awaits foreign visitor, as swim at the St. Herman's Blue Hole or in the Macal River is almost a daily thing to do.

This network of Villages to the two towns is probably why expat love the area and is a hot location for people location for a tropical countryside escape Real estate.

Ka’Wiil Tours is proud to provide transportation and tours is the lush exotic and wonderful part of the country they think of that the Jewel of Central America.