San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal and Mopan Rivers, about 100km west of Belize City and 35 km west of the country’s capital, Belmopan. The population is largely Mestizo and Kriol, with some Lebanese and Mopan.
San Ignacio is one of the most popular parts of the country for tourism. Visitors can tour the Mayan Archeological Sites independently by foot or by car, or by participating in the many local tour companies that include guided tours of the ruins.
Population: about 20,000
(from Belize city to Benque via Belmopan)
Most popular places in San Ignacio
Xunantunich Mayan Archeological Site
Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 130 km west of Belize City and is located near the Mopan River. It served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize.
Caracol Mayan Archeological site
Caracol is the name given to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located in what is now the Cayo District of Belize. It is situated 40 kilometers south of Xunantunich, and 15 kilometers away from the Macal River. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It is now known that the site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period.
Cahal Pech Mayan Archeological Site
The site consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ball courts, an altar, and a sweat-house, all situated on just 2 acres. A royal burial chamber was found in one of the structures. Included in the find were shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade objects, the most impressive being a jade & shell mosaic mask.
Restaurants and Bars in San Ignacio
Hode’s Place serves a variety of dishes to its customers. The prices are very reasonable. Hodes also provides wireless internet to those who would like to use their laptops.