Head to Pop’s on West Street for a local Belizean breakfast and plenty of coffee refills. Walk up to the San Ignacio Hotel and let them know you’d like to tour the Iguana Conservation Project. For a small fee, you’ll learn all about the iguanas of Belize and watch them in their on-site habitat. Take the self-guided nature trail on the property to learn about native Belizean plants, many of which have medicinal properties.
Walk back down the hill from the San Ignacio Hotel towards town and have lunch at Hannah’s on Burns Avenue; ask for the day’s local special.
Visit the Cahal Pech archeological site, in town, and tour the museum and temple. Afterwards, walk just a bit farther up the hill from the site to the Cahal Pech Village Resort, for a cold drink and the most spectacular view over the hills of San Ignacio. Finish there for dinner or head to town for more options.
If you’re up for it, nightlife in San Ignacio does exist. Head to the casino and try your luck or dance the night away at Club Next, located inside the casino.
Day 2: Explore the Sites
Head to Chaa Creek Lodge and tour their Morpho Butterfly Farm. There’s also a self-guided medicinal trail on site.
After lunch there, spend the afternoon canoeing from Chaa Creek down the Macal River to town. Catch the bus or a taxi to the nearby border town of Benque del Viejo, just a few minutes away, and head to Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most beautiful archeological sites.
Back in San Ignacio, head to the lively Greedy’s for a happy hour drink, where locals and tourists mingle over finger foods and Micheladas.
Day 3: Eat and Explore Some More
Visit the San Ignacio Market, the country’s most popular outdoor market set by the Macal River; Saturdays are a must, with vendors descending on the town from every corner of the district starting at the crack of dawn and selling fruits and vegetables, cheeses, desserts, meats, clothes and pupusas or tacos made and served on site. There’s a live gospel band and many families come out to spend the day here, and have a picnic by the river. It’s undoubtedly San Ignacio’s most lively weekly event.
After grabbing lunch from one of the taco and pupusa stands and enjoying it by the river, head on a tour of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. It’s an adrenaline rush activity, hiking through a rainforest and hiking, at times swimming, through the cave. You’ll spot ancient ceramics, human bones and ultimately, the biggest sighting there: the skeleton of a young girl, sacrificed thousands of years ago. It’s an Indiana Jones type of adventure you’ll never forget.
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