Sights of San Ignacio, Belize :: Gateway Town to Cayo

Despite a number of high-end getaways located in San Ignacio and its environs, this is a small rural town where the touristy central area is not going to be the most attractive to a jetsetter crowd – perhaps the very reason why many expats have chosen to put down roots here.

Despite its humble outerwear, San Ignacio (and neighboring Santa Elena) have seen enough increase in tourism to attract a growing number of restaurants with menus that would get any foodie salivating. Note that most of the town seems to shut down around Christmas, so get your foodie visits in before or after the holidays. We learned this the hard way. 🙁

The touristy (and arguably nicest) part of town. (Photo:

San Ignacio’s biggest draw is location, location, location. Poised near the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, several Mayan ruin sites, and the Guatemalan border, the surrounding area offers many beautiful places to visit, both man-made and natural. The gallery below reflects spots within a couple hours’ drive, but tours to farther areas, such as Guatemala’s Tikal and Belize’s ATM Cave, can also launch from San Ignacio.

I’ve included more details of our visit to this area in Day 2, which included Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan ruins, and Day 4 of our Belize trip, which was mostly spent in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

The Gassy Squirrel’s

Sights of San Ignacio, Belize

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