San Ignacio, one of the most entertaining and touristic places in Belize. Don't be fooled by its small town appearance; in San Ignacio there is a very varied population that includes Hindus, Creoles, Mayans, Chinese, Lebanese, Mennonites, among others.
Even though the town itself has a simple appeal, many people use San Ignacio as a base to relax and visit the region's surroundings, where there is a bit of everything to choose from: touring Mayan ruins, canoeing through caves, camping in the middle of the jungle, admiring the flora and fauna, and many other activities that will keep you active during your stay. It's no wonder that most travelers decide to stay for several days.
San Ignacio is the heart and soul of the Cayo District, a vibrant travel hub from where all roads and activities unfold. Along with the twin city of Santa Elena, on the east bank of the Macal River, this is Cayo's main population center, with plenty of cheap accommodations, decent restaurants, and frequent transportation.
It has a very positive and contagious local vibe, with a bustling market and a constant influx of immigrants, mainly from nearby Guatemala. The residents are Mestizo, Mayan and Garifuna, as well as a group of free-spirited expats from Europe and North America.
Most travelers come to San Ignacio as a base for Cayo adventures or as a stepping stone to or from Guatemala; many stay longer than planned!