"5 Days In Belize's Jungle" Top 5 Page for this destination San Ignacio by windsorgirl

San Ignacio Travel Guide: 174 reviews and 420 photos

I really enjoyed my time in San Ignacio, it was the first part of my 2 week holiday in Belize. SI a great base from which to explore Mayan ruins both in Belize and across the border in Guatemala. You can also visit a Botanical Garden, Butterfly Sanctuary, swim or canoe in the Macal River, do some serious birdwatching and take daytrips to nearby caves or waterfalls. Time spent in the jungles of Belize is a great compliment to your time on Belize's beaches and reef. Try to do both when you come to Belize!

What You Need To Know

San Ignacio is a small city of 15,000 located in the Cayo district of Belize. When you catch a bus from Belize City it will say Cayo in the window. It is a 2.5 hr bus ride from Belize City and will cost $3.50 US. You will enter town on the single lane Low Water Bridge and exit town on the also single lane Hawkesworth Bridge. Most roads in SI are very narrow and one way. You can easily access everything in town by foot.

Once you arrive in San Ignacio, head straight to Eva's Restaurant on Burn's Avenue. This hangout serves as a tourist information center. The owner, Bob, can help you arrange any type of excursion that you may be interested in.

Experience the Jungle

I loved the jungle atomosphere around San Ignacio. You can choose to stay in one of the many jungle lodges and be in the midst of the lush vegetation and birdlife.

Or, if you choose to stay in town, you can still visit several of the jungle lodges like Cha Creek or DuPlooys either by canoe or taxi, or take a bus to The Trek Stop. You are welcome to enjoy the gardens and swim in the river. You can also grab a drink or a bite to eat at their restaurant. It makes for a great day.

  • Last visit to San Ignacio: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 30, 2005
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  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2007 at 7:35 AM

    Thanks for telling us about the Mayan Ruins...take care and happy traveling!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 12:10 PM

    Very interesting page with great pictures! We had a one day "stay" from a cruise & I really liked what I saw of Belize. Next time Xunantunich (sp?)!!

  • africaking's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 4:24 PM

    Love your SI pages and the pics, we almost did the same type of excursions as you, love the conoeing down the Macal and Cahal Pech was great, I miss Belize

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 1:53 AM

    Wow, you really did a lot while in San Ignacio. Hihi, the morning roosters brought back nice memories :-)) I love your travellogues :-) and the wonderful informative tips as well :-)

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2005 at 2:46 PM

    A highly informative page.

  • erendilight's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2005 at 3:02 AM

    very informative.. thanx

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 11:56 AM

    EXCELLENT! You have an uncanny knack for going to all the places I want to visit. Great photos and very useful info.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 4:33 PM

    I admire your independent spirit for adventure. Butterflies, gardens, river, caves, waterfalls, ruins...incredible. Your hotel and restaurant tips were quite helpful as was the transportation tip. Marvelous, brilliant photos to match terrific narration.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2005 at 9:05 AM

    Kathy, wow another interesting spot away from the crowds! Excellent photos and tips of the many things to do - that one-way canoe trip sounds interesting! Your hotel noise tip brought back memories of New Guinea and it's barking dogs & Rainbow Lorikeets!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 5:11 AM

    Awesome pages! Loved the Blue Morpho butterfly, the Jesus Lizard and Xunantunich. Looks like you saw & did a lot of neat things. Oooh that guard dog looks ferocious! Hugs. Lori.


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