Known locally as "Cayo" and the capital of Cayo District, San Ignacio is located along the Western Highway about 70 miles west and 90 minutes drive from Belize City and 9 miles east of the Guatemalan border. The area around San Ignacio is one of the most popular parts of the country for tourism. Nearby attractions include the ancient Maya ruins of Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, El Pilar, Tikal (Guatemala), the cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, San Ignacio Resort Hotel Iguana Conservation Project Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
There is a multitude of things to do in San Ignacio. The town is filled with archaeologists, peace corps workers, North American retirees and thrill seekers all here to experience the many interesting and unique adventures that San Ignacio has to offer. Tourists love the frontier-like wooden shops on narrow streets where they can shop to their hearts content or eat some wonderful local cuisine.Visitors can tour the Mayan ruins independently by foot or by car, or by participating in the many local tour companies that include guided tours of the ruins.
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