Say Bye to Summer Camp and Hello to San Ignacio Resort

by Gisselle Hernandez

Summer may still be a ways away, but it’s never too early to start planning for your Belize trip. Especially when your kids look forward to the break all school year long. Family vacations are said to bounce back significantly in 2022, and what better place to start traveling again than to Belize? If your children normally head off to summer camp as soon as break starts, now might be a good time to reconsider a trip instead. Not only do family vacations enrich the bonds between relatives, but they can be educational for the young ones, too. To kickstart a family getaway packed with insightful experiences this summer, look no further than San Ignacio Resort Hotel

History within the walls

San Ignacio Resort Hotel attracts repeat travelers with its luxe and charm. But some may be unaware of the hidden stories held within the only jungle in town. Located in the heart of San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District already makes it a pillar in the community. SIRH is also historic on its own, whose story dates back as far as 1973. The resort has even hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 1994! Since then, various major events have used SIRH as a reliable and stunning venue, including Belize’s annual birding festival

The award-winning resort is an ideal gateway into learning about the history of the town. Your kids will be able to see the results of perseverance and resiliency upon hearing the tragedy-laden backstory of SIRH. After enduring devastating fires more than once, San Ignacio Town still remains one of the strongest and tightly-knit communities in Belize. 

Why San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a breeding ground for summer learning

San Ignacio Resort Hotel is more than fancy rooms and delicious cuisine from its Running W Restaurant. There is also plenty of opportunities to learn about Belize’s wildlife and cultures. Take its Green Iguana Conservation Project, for instance. The iguana rehabilitation center has been housing iguanas since 1996. According to their website, the educational exhibit “has been designed within the property to give visitors a closer look at this amazing reptile and learn how vital they are to the ecological balance of the river habitat.” Children can get up close and personal with the scaly critters and learn what makes them so special. Photo ops are encouraged, and so are the handling of the adorably tiny baby iguanas. 

And what about the parents?

San Ignacio resort hotel Maya class

How about a medicinal tour in Cayo? Photo courtesy SIRH/Monica Gallardo Photography

While your young ones may be enthralled with the little animals scurrying about the property, Mom and Dad can partake in San Ignacio Resort Hotel’s Tea Tasting Medicinal Tour. Learning doesn’t have to stop once you reach adulthood, as you’ll be surprised by the interesting facts surrounding this experience. The Maya have used local herbs for a multitude of health benefits, and you’ll learn just how to make the most out of them. The guided tour takes place on the 17-acre private estate and features a hands-on workshop. 

Or, of course, parents can choose to do nothing at all. Besides, is it even a tropical vacation unless you spend sun-soaked days lazing at the pool?

Explore the Xunantunich Maya Site as a family. Image via IG @endlessfamilyadventure

And for learning adventures beyond the resort, SIRH can also arrange a trip to visit nearby Maya temples. Your child will be able to witness what the ancient Maya were capable of first-hand. Take a family photo at the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich, or learn why Cahal Pech was named ‘the place of ticks’. Believe us when we say your kids will easily categorize this Belize trip with San Ignacio Resort Hotel as the best summer of their lives. 

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