So you decided to go to Belize! If you want to explore Mayan ruins, go cave tubing, play with iguanas, and hike through the jungle – San Ignacio is the perfect spot for you to travel!
Don’t forget to check out our packing list, including how much sunscreen to bring to Belize! You will probably want to rent a car also. Be sure to read through this list of things nobody tells you about Belize before you go!
Things to Do in San Ignacio Town
San Ignacio in the Cayo District is the perfect place to base your travels from. While there isn’t a ton to do in San Ignacio itself, you can stay busy there and the city is very walkable. Check out this list of things to do in San Ignacio Town!
Located in the swanky San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Green Iguana Conservation Project is dedicated to saving the threatened Green Iguana. Tours are offered daily from 8 AM to 4 PM and start 10 minutes after each hour. The cost is currently $9 USD per person.
You will get the chance to learn how you can save the species, pet and feed iguanas, and of course hold them.
Marie Sharp was a feisty lady who would not allow big companies like Tabasco to take her down. All their products are made in Belize from locally-sourced fruits and veggies. You can visit the Marie Sharp Tourist Center and buy dozens of different hot sauces, jams, spread, and jellies as well as do a hot sauce tasting (around $8 USD per person).
I personally can’t eat spicy food in the US but managed to do the whole tasting by taking tiny bits of each sauce on a cracker, it was DELICIOUS.
We had never heard of Marie Sharp’s before visiting Belize, but now that we are home we regret NOT bringing more bottles home. We found them for sale on Amazon for double the price of the bottles at Marie Sharp’s Tourist Center.
The Tourist Center also does culinary classes where you’ll make stew chicken, ceviche, and other local favorites. Lastly, they have a variety of rum for sale for which you can also do a tasting.
If you’re still hungry, check out AJAW Chocolate, where they make real Mayan chocolate using a traditional Mayan Stone. Organic Cacao Bean is grounded into a paste, mixed into a chocolate drink, and spices are added. Check out the Chocolate History Center and gift shop while you’re there!
Don’t miss their chocolate liqueurs! This chocolate experience should not be missed, because where else can you see chocolate being made by hand?
Located up the hill from San Ignacio town, Cahal Pech are Mayan ruins believed to have belonged to an elite Maya family. You can actually walk on and around the 22 acres of ruins. These are a smaller set of ruins but are much less busy and more accessible than others in the region. When we went, there was nobody there for hours. The cost of admission is $5 USD for foreigners.
Be sure to bring bug spray, water, and tons of sunscreen! Cahal Pech translates to “Place of Ticks” for a reason – there are a ton of bugs and large ants everywhere. We recommend using bug spray wipes instead!
Exploring the Islands?
Planning to visit the islands? Check out our guide on choosing between Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro/Ambergris Caye. Thanks for reading!