Do It All in San Ignacio Town While On A Budget

by Madeleine Guerra
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Take an exhilarating adventure, explore lush jungle rainforests, and learn about Belize’s ancient history all in one place. If you’re looking to do it all on a budget, then San Ignacio is the place for you. Often considered the heart and soul of the Cayo District, San Ignacio is an adventure just waiting for you.  


As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. No doubt this is why San Ignacio holds a special place in the Cayo district as it is home to some of the most remarkable Belizean attractions 

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Hawksworth Bridge, San Ignacio. Photo by Meritt Thomas/Unsplash

Learn more about Belize’s past by taking a trip to the Hawksworth Bridge. Built in 1949 and imported from England, the Hawksworth Bridge is a suspension bridge which connects San Ignacio to its sister-town, Santa Elena. Taking a trip to this historic bridge offers you an enchanting view of the lush foliage and meandering Macal River at no cost. This is the perfect opportunity to take that breathtaking photo op you’ve been looking for 

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Now that’s a photo op! Joyjah at the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Photo courtesy San Ignacio Resort Hotel

While you’re there, be sure to make your way down the Hawksworth Bridge and towards the Macal River. Exploring the riverbank is a total treat as you are sure to be greeted by some of Belize’s most vibrant wildlife species. Look out for the large green iguanas sunbathing on the trees and keep an ear out for the music of the birds enjoying the riverbanks.  


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Stroll vendor stalls at the San Ignacio Farmer’s Market. Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

With Belize being both Caribbean and Central American, the local food has taken on an accurate depiction of the country’s beautifully diverse cultural realities. Besides, a trip to the San Ignacio Market is a trip you do not want to miss. Take a walk down the numerous stalls and have your choice of fresh produce or local favorites such as tacos, pupusas or Belize’s take on barbeque. Between the vibrant colors and the mouthwatering smells, this market is sure to have something that fits your budget.

The infamous Burns Avenue. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

If you’re looking to dine-in, then take a walk down Burns Avenue and look out for Ko-Ox Han Nah. After all, this casual restaurant has a wide selection of menu items ranging from hamburgers to Belizean favorites, such as rice and beans. Ask about their specials and enjoy fine eating at a reasonable cost.    

Header photo of the budget-friendly San Ignacio Farmer’s Market by Duarte Dellarole
Editor's Note: This article was first shared on February 6th, 2021.

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