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How to Spend 1 Day in San Ignacio

How to Spend 1 Day in San Ignacio

Situated in Belize’s Cayo District, San Ignacio serves as a base for adventure seekers and a layover for travelers on their way to or from Guatemala. Horseback riding, cave tubing, and hiking are just a few of the activities offered—and with some planning, you can pack a lot of action into a single fun-filled day. Here are some options.

Morning: Archaeological Adventures

Many travelers stay in San Ignacio because of its convenient location near major archaeological sites such as Cahal Pech and Xunantunich. To maximize your time, see both Maya ruins on a group tour. Known for bird watching, Cahal Pech is the smaller of the two sites; at nearby Xunantunich, climb 130-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) El Castillo for views of the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and the Guatemalan border. Alternatively, spend the entire day cave tubing at Caves Branch River or ziplining through the jungle.

Afternoon: Butterflies and Blooms

If you didn’t join an all-day excursion or you’re looking for something less strenuous, head to one of the butterfly farms in Cayo after lunch. Belize is home to about 700 butterfly species—keep an eye out for the blue morpho. Or, tour the Belize Botanic Gardens, and learn about traditional uses for medicinal plants. Don’t miss the orchid house, which contains more than 120 orchid species.

Night: Relaxation

Most all-day tours return to San Ignacio in the evening, just in time to grab dinner at one of the local eateries. Overall, the San Ignacio nightlife scene is fairly quiet, with a smattering of bars and restaurants serving up a range of cuisine, from pizza to Chinese. Alternatively, catch the sunset as you explore the Cayo countryside on horseback. Riding tours sometimes include a glass of wine to enjoy at the end of the day.

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Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure Tour

Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure Tour

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Feel like a jungle explorer as you cruise through the wild forests of Belize’s Cayo district on a pontoon boat. Float down a river that winds through the mystical Maya Mountains, stopping to swim and cliff jump at three different tropical waterfalls buried deep in the rain forest. A fresh Belizean lunch cooked right on board the pontoon completes this fantastic full-day adventure.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.70
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$130.70
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Cave Tubing and Jungle Zip Lining Through Belize

Cave Tubing and Jungle Zip Lining Through Belize

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Float through a flooded cave system then soar through the jungle canopy on a full-day combination tubing and ziplining adventure from San Ignacio with a small group. Hike through a lush forest to reach the Caves Branch River, then float alongside your guide as you explore the natural formations, glittering crystals and stalactites inside a spacious series of caverns. Swap your inner tube for a harness, then strap in to a series of exciting ziplines that take you from tree to tree with a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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$153.85
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Private Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels

Private Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels

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Book a shared arrival transfer for an easy and cost-effective way to get from Belize’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport to your San Ignacio hotel. A shuttle will pick you up from the airport near Belize City and drop you off at the door of your hotel in San Ignacio. Drive along the scenic Western Highway from the international airport to the San Ignacio district.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Horseback Ride to the Forgotten Jungle City

Horseback Ride to the Forgotten Jungle City

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Venture deep into Belize’s rain forest to the ‘Forgotten Jungle City’ of Minanha on a full-day horseback riding adventure from San Ignacio. Trek through the Maya Mountains on a trusty steed to reach the archaeological site, where you can explore hidden caves, ceremonial temples, and burial chambers left behind by an ancient Mayan civilization.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Shared Departure Transfer: San Ignacio Hotel to Belize International Airport

Shared Departure Transfer: San Ignacio Hotel to Belize International Airport

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Enjoy an easy, economical exit from Belize with this shared departure transfer from your San Ignacio hotel to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). This prompt, door-to-door shuttle service will pick you up at your hotel and take you directly to the international airport near Belize City, approximately a 1.5-hour ride.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

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Take a relaxing ride down a river to explore magnificent limestone formations on this 3-hour Belize cave-tubing adventure. A short hike along a jungle trail will lead you to the refreshing waters, where you’ll enjoy a swim, and then hop aboard your inner tube. Accompanied by an expert guide, float through an underground cave system used by the ancient Mayans to access their mythological underworld, Xibalba. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
Price varies by group size

Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure

Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure

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Climb one of Belize's tallest temples and learn the history of the ancient Mayan civilization on a tour of Xunantunich, a hilltop archaeological site near San Ignacio. After walking among the ruins of ball courts and royal palaces, head to a tucked-away forest reserve for a jungle pontoon cruise. It's an eco-friendly way to explore the Belizean rain forest, complete with waterfalls, tubing, and cliff jumping for the adventurous. 
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.35
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Xunantunich and Cahal Pech from San Ignacio

Xunantunich and Cahal Pech from San Ignacio

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of archaeological sites, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, on an enriching tour from San Ignacio. Travel deep into the Belizean jungle with a guide and discover Mayan structures and exotic flora and fauna. At Xunantunich, gaze at spectacular views of the lush forest from El Castillo, Belize’s second highest man-made structure, and marvel at the intriguing limestone structures of Cahal Pech. Gain fascinating insight into the history and culture of the Maya empire from your expert guide on this educational tour.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch

Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch

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Explore Guatemala’s most stunning Maya city on a full day trip from San Ignacio with lunch at a nearby restaurant. Travel back in time as you follow your guide through the remarkable ceremonial center, where weathered stelae, sweeping plazas and imposing temples tell dramatic stories about this ancient civilization. Spot wild turkeys, monkeys and tropical birds within the ruins, and stop to browse Maya crafts and souvenirs at a nearby shop before returning to Belize—don’t forget your passport.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.18
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$167.18
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Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

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Discover some of Belize’s top natural attractions with ease on an 8.5-tour of Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) in the Blue Hole National Park from San Ignacio. Following a moderately challenging hike, you’ll descend to Xibalba, the reputed entrance to the Mayan underworld, and marvel at stalagmites, stalactites, and crystal formations. Plus, you’ll swim in the Blue Hole and enjoy a hearty lunch accompanied by rum punch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.36
Price varies by group size
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$124.36
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Full-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline, Butterfly Farm Or Big Rock Falls

Full-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline, Butterfly Farm Or Big Rock Falls

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Canoe to the remote Barton Creek Cave on a full-day trip from San Ignacio with an optional zipline adventure, butterfly farm visit or jungle hike to Big Rock Falls.  Glide into a hidden cave entrance that’s surrounded by water, and explore a deep series of passages that were sacred to the ancient Maya. Use your headlight to illuminate crystal formations and dangling stalactites, and learn about the cave’s ceremonial history. Slip into the water for a cool swim, then finish your day with the adventure of your choice.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.21
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Private Jungle and Waterfall Adventure from San Ignacio

Private Jungle and Waterfall Adventure from San Ignacio

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Venture deep into the rain forest of Belize's Cayo district with a private hiking tour and river cruise from San Ignacio. Trek through the jungle with an experienced guide, and look for native Belizean wildlife including tapirs, monkeys, and otters on a relaxing boat ride down the Macal River. Cool off with a swim in natural forest pools and under the cascades of tropical waterfalls on this personalized adventure in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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ATM Cave Tour from San Ignacio

ATM Cave Tour from San Ignacio

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Journey to the heart of ‘Xibalba,’ the ancient Mayan underworld, inside the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave). Named one of the top caves in the world by National Geographic, ATM is only accessible with an expert guide to lead you through a labyrinth of flooded passageways, tight squeezes, and steep climbs. It's all worth it to walk through glittering caverns strewn with 1,000-year old pottery and the chilling remains of human sacrifice victims.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.03
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$141.03