San Ignacio Attractions

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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. 


Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum

If you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum. It is located in San Antonio, 6.2 mi. Southeast of central San Ignacio. Responsible for the revitalization of the art of Maya Slate Carving, the Garcia sisters offer a collection of limestone and slate statues for guests to view and even purchase. They also keep the Maya way of living alive through many classes and workshops.

A second choice is Benque House of Culture. It's a museum just outside of San Ignacio. A community center in the old police station in Benque Vieja, Benque House of Culture serves as a meeting place for locals to enjoy the arts -- from live music and dance to visual arts and beyond.

The chart below enables you to learn a few details regarding some the available museums 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
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum (501) 669-4023 San Antonio, 6.2 mi. Southeast of Central San Ignacio

Historical Sites


Like discovering the history of foreign countries? If so, you might want to visit a historical site during your vacation.

A common landmark for vacationers is Xunantunich. It is located 6.0 mi. South West of central San Ignacio. Xunantunich is one of the sites of Maya ruins in Belize, and a great choice for a first time ruins visitor, due simply to the fact that unlike most of the other ruins, this property has a visitors center with a small museum.

Another landmark worth visiting is El Pilar. It is situated 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.

Check out the following chart for more information on sites of historical interest 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

Green Iguana Conservation Project is one of the more popular outdoor attractions. 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.

A second place you might enjoy is Belize Botanic Gardens. 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.

These are just some of the options that are available. To get more information on natural attractions in and around San Ignacio, read this article.


Belize Casinos

People do not usually come to San Ignacio for its gambling opportunities, although there is one to check out, 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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