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San Ignacio & Benque Viejo

San Ignacio & Benque Viejo (CYD)

Located in western Belize, San Ignacio, serves as the capital of Cayo District. It got its start from mahogany and chiclé production in the Colonial era, but has gradually evolved into the center of commerce and tourism for western Belize. Visit the area to see its many Maya sites (including Cahal Pech, Caracol, and Xunantunich), world famous caves such as A.T.M, and other sites such as the Mountain Pine Ridge, Barton Creek, Tapir Mountain Reserve and the Macal River. Cayo is also home to many award winning resorts and nature programs (such as the Green Iguana Project).

San Ignacio, and its sister towns of Benque Viejo del Carmen (on the border with Guatemala) and Santa Elena also serve as a hub of agricultural activity. The region provides much of the country’s poultry, meat, and produce as well as timber and export crops (like corn). In recent years, oil has been found in the areas settled by the Mennonites, and this has also led to a burst of economic activity.

Tropic Air flies to San Ignacio several times a day from San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Belmopan, as well as the Belize International and Municipal airports.

Scenes from San Ignacio and Benque Viejo

Good to Know

Read the basic info and also some fun facts about San Ignacio and Benque Viejo.

Places of Interest

San Ignacio Farmers Market, Hawkesworth Bridge, Mountain Pine Ridge

Things to do

Cave Tubing, Canoeing, Spelunking, Hiking

Maya Sites

Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, Che Chem Ha Cave

Festivals

Belikin La Ruta Maya (March)

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