Attractions in San Ignacio

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Known locally as “Cayo,” this interior Belize tourist destination serves as a top home-base for exploring many attractions in the surrounding area.  There is much to be seen with within the town itself, beginning on Main Street which features restaurants and shops set in Colonial-era buildings and continues on through the Hammock Bridge, and includes numerous natural attractions, from Mayan ruins and caves to a conservation center which focuses on Iguanas. 


In case you like to learn about other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in San Ignacio.

Benque House of Culture is a museum near San Ignacio. In conjunction with the Community of Artists for Cultural and Historic Endeavors, Benque House of Culture makes sure that everyone in the region has access to the arts. Part of this is a small museum that boasts historic artifacts like logging equipment, musical instruments, old black and white photographs.

The following table enables you to learn some details concerning a museum you might enjoy nearby.

Museums Near San Ignacio
Name Phone Location
Benque House of Culture -- Banque Viejo del Carmen, 6.9 mi. South West of Central San Ignacio Belize

Historical Sites


Like learning some of the historical roots of places you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while on vacation in San Ignacio.

A landmark worth visiting is Xunantunich. It is found 6.0 mi. South West of central San Ignacio. Inside the Visitor Center at Xunantunich, visitors will encounter a three-dimentional model of Xunantunich and several artifacts found on the grounds. You can also pick up refreshments and souvenirs here.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is El Pilar. It is located 8.4 mi. North-Northwest of central San Ignacio. El Pilar offers a presentation style called "Archeology Under the Canopy," in which they leave monuments protected by the jungle canopy alone. As guests walk the trails, they'll notice door jams and rooms poking out through the trees and brush.

Take a look at the following chart to see historic sites near San Ignacio.

Historic Sites Near San Ignacio
Name Phone Location
El Pilar -- 8.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Ignacio
Xunantunich -- 6.0 mi. South West of Central San Ignacio

Natural Attractions

Green Iguana Conservation Project

Visitors who enjoy being outside are likely to enjoy visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project. <p>Promoting conservation for the threatened Green Iguana, this exhibit has fast become one of the top attractions in San Ignacio, allowing guests to learn about this amazing reptile, its habitat, and what can be done to protect it.</p>

Belize Botanic Gardens is another local attraction that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. <p>Set on 45 acres of valley near the Macal River, the Belize Botanical Gardens are a great spot for tourists wanting to learn about Belize's diverse tropical flora, native medicinal plants for a little bit of beauty and nature in a controlled environment.</p>

San Ignacio offers many other choices too. To get more information on natural attractions in and around San Ignacio, click here.


Belize Casinos

People don't generally stay in San Ignacio to gamble, although there is one such venue, San Ignacio Princess Casino. <p>This extension of the Princess Casino in Belize City is one of the few casinos in all of Belize. Try you luck at this small slot center, or simply come to take a break from exploring the area with the chance to win some money.</p>


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