San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio is a town in western central Belize. With a population of about 16,000 people (2011 estimate), it is the main town and district capital of Cayo District. The town is located on the banks of the Macal and Mopan rivers. It is about 35 km (22 mi) from the national capital, Belmopan, and 115 km (68.5 mi) from Belize City.

More on San Ignacio

San Ignacio was established during British colonial times as the area was rich in mahogany and chicle. The early settlers comprised Mestizos and Kriols. Joining them later were Lebananese and Mopan. There was also a wave of Cantonese-speaking settlers who came from Guangzhou in the mid 20th century.

San Ignacio has the only suspension bridge in Belize. It connects the town with the village of Santa Elena. Together, these two entites form the second largest urban area in the country.

Visiting San Ignacio

The most comfortable way to reach San ignacio is to drive yourself. If that is not possible, an alternative is to take the public bus from Belize City. The journey takes between two and three hours.

Places of Interest to visit in San Ignacio

  1. Actun Tunichil Muknal
    This is a Maya sacrificial burial site located just outside San Ignacio. There are tours offered by companies in San Ignacio for you to visit, in the company of guides.

  2. Cahal Pech
    A small collection of Maya ruins that was abandoned around AD 800.

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