Charming small towns, lush tropical forests and the Macal and Mopan rivers await you here. Take some time for there is much to see: lush tropical rainforest, the Mountain Pine Ridge, which is rich with waterfalls, pools, and limestone cave systems, that lead you into the Maya underworld.
Visit the capital city Belmopan or the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, with the beautiful Macal River running through them. These hillside towns bustle with activity where you will find Maya, Mestizo, and Mennonites selling their wares, with everyone speaking English and Spanish. Cayo is also known as the second largest district of Belize. You can get to Cayo via the George Price Highway (western highway), which starts at the intersection of Central American Boulevard and Cemetery Road in Belize City. From here you are an hour or two away from a charming, exotic adventure.
The Cayo District’s most popular hub, San Ignacio, draws the majority of visitors to its hilly, picturesque riverside town. Its Latin and Maya flavors are difficult to resist – from the buzz of cobblestone Burns Avenue to the roadside streaming grills, and the bridges towering over rivers. There’s no dull moment here; the outdoors beacon while history and culture are felt every day around the narrow streets and alleys. Saturday is the week’s highlight, when the diverse ethnicities that inhabit this area converge for market day. Mestizo’s toss and cook fresh pupusas as you wait, while Mennonities sell their fresh made cheeses and desserts.
Tucked between the Maya Mountains and the Belize River, sitting in the heart of the country, the tiny capital of Belmopan is the gateway to the Cayo District. Beyond the government buildings, courts, banks and embassies, this city packs a whole lot in its seemingly small punch. At the central bus station, the aroma from the lively Belmopan Market entices along rows of food stalls. Vendors sell fresh made Belizean and Latin specialties, enjoyed on site on wooden picnic tables. Still one of the Belize’s best kept secrets, Belmopan is a small capital with big surprises.
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