San Ignacio is the most popular town to visit in the Cayo District. It’s a travel center from where all roads and activities fan out. Close to Santa Elena, on the east bank of the Macal River is the main population center of Cayo, with lots of good economical accommodations, decent restaurants, and frequent transport.
If you are looking for a Belizean life experience, a local market is the perfect spot. San Ignacio Market is a vibrant place full of all the fruits and veggies from local farmers, local fresh prepared food, and there are many local artisans displaying their wares. It is a multicultural blend of colors, sounds, and flavors. Belize is well known for the variety of tropical fruits and veggies, like sour sop, sapodilla fruit, star fruit, custard apple, yam, craboo, breadfruit, all depending on what’s in season.
Here’s a guide to choose your favorite of the season.
In addition, at the local market, there are also dried fruits, homemade cereals and condiments, Maya herbal remedies, arts and crafts, clothing and tropical plants that you might find useful. A number of local restaurants, bars and shops are all nearby, so this is the perfect opportunity to shop for a variety of things on your own while absorbing the local color and discovering for yourself the warmth of the Belizeans.
Belize is a place of spectacular beauty, and Cayo District is well known for having the best natural resorts, where you definitely have to make a stop. For example, Chaa Creek, on the banks of the Macal River, Belize’s first Eco-resort in 1981, with diverse wildlife nature and an authentic jungle experience.
As well as Hidden Valley, is a luxurious resort, a perfect sanctuary, a blend of serenity, beauty, and wildlife in Belize jungle. Set in Mountain Pine Ridge, surrounded by tropical gardens offers adventure and comfort to guarantee an unbelievable experience.
In conclusion, Cayo District is a natural spot full of color, flavor, and culture that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Belize. It’s a jungle paradise. If you are looking for some adrenaline with your family, you can practice zip lining, cave tubing and even hiking.
Written by Cristina Reyna