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  • The Mayan Ruins near San Ignacio are a great photo opportunity on your Belize vacation

Located on the banks of the Macal and Mopan Rivers, San Ignacio is the capital of the Cayo District in western Belize. In recent years, San Ignacio has absorbed the nearby village of Santa Elena and the two towns are connected by a suspension bridge across the Macal River built in 1949, all to be discovered on a Belize vacation.

The town was initially known as El Cayo by the Spanish but became well known thanks to mahogany and chicle production under British rule. San Ignacio was officially declared a town by the government of British Honduras on 19 October 1904. Today, the town is an excellent base for exploring the many ancient sites that surround it and is also a transit town for those travelling to and from Guatemala.

There are many ancient Maya archaeological sites found near San Ignacio that make the town popular with tourists on a trip to Belize. Actun Tunichil Muknal is a cave that was once a sacrificial burial site that contains many Maya skeletons, ceramics and stoneware. It is famous for “The Crystal Maiden”, a set of teenage remains that have been almost entirely covered in limestone crystals. Caracol is also nearby and served as an important political centre during the Classic Period. Caracol covered an area larger than Belize City supporting more than twice the modern city’s population. Xunantunich, Belize’s most visited Mayan site, is located on a hilltop that forms six groups with around twenty-five temples and palaces.

 


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Learn about the history and culture of Belize, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Belize's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Belize for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Belize tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Belize tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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