A Day in San Ignacio

by McNab Editorial Team

So you’re in San Ignacio for the day and you’rewondering what to do…

When in San Ignacio, why not take a journey into the Maya underworld at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), the Cave of the Stone Sepulchre. Famed for its geological beauty and crystalline stalagmites and stalactites, this cave also doubles as a natural museum, complete with ancient Maya artifacts- plus a sacred burial space!

ATM Cave - San Ignacio
Actun Tunichil Muknal – Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez Photography

Did you wake up a little late?

No problem… San Ignacio offers a plethora of activities and attractions, right in town. A short stroll uphill from the bustling Burns Avenue, one can find AJAW Chocolate, a small workshop where you’ll meet “cacao man” Adrian Choco. Adrian invites visitors on a short but sweet journey as he teaches them to make chocolate from scratch.


Further uphill, visitors can sign up for a highly informative and educational exhibit at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The exhibit takes a look at the once-endangered Green Iguana. It teaches guests how vital our lizard buddies are to the ecological balance of their river habitat.

Iguanas - San Ignacio
Green Iguanas: Photo Courtesy: San Ignacio Resort

Continuing to the top of the hill, hikers (or riders) will arrive at the archaeological site, Cahal Pech, meaning Place of The Ticks. This famous Maya site is home to the earliest carved stele (inscribed stone slab) ever recovered in Belize. The stele depicts a Maya ruler emerging from the jaws of a great monster believed to be a jaguar. From its position high atop the hillside, the majestic temples of Cahal Pech still look out over the valley where the great Macal and Mopan Rivers join to become the Belize River. By the end of the day, you’re surely ready to eat. Stop by Simply Delicious Restaurant on the principal highway in San Ignacio. Taste their Pasta Maya and let them educate you on Chaya, a locally grown leafy green veggie that is chock full of nutrients!

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