San Ignacio

San Ignacio


San Ignacio is in western Belize and serves as the capital of Cayo District. San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River, and the Mopan River, about 72 miles (115 km) west of Belize City and 22 miles (35 km) west of the country’s capital, Belmopan.San Ignacio got it’s start from Mahogany and chicle (used to make chewing gum) production during British rule. It began to attract different people from the surrounding areas, which led to the diverse make up of the town at present day. In recent years San Ignacio has absorbed the formerly separate village of Santa Elena. San Ignacio and sister-town, Santa Elena make up Belize’s second largest urban area. The two towns are separated by the Macal River and Belize’s only suspension bridge, the one-lane Hawksworth Bridge, built in 1949. The two are collectively referred to as the “Twin Towns” although San Ignacio has a larger population. San Ignacio town is referred to locally as ‘Cayo’.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, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

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Useful info:
Emergency: Dial 90
Police station: 804-2022
Fire station: 824-2095
Public hospital: 824-2066/2761
Post office: 804-2099
Public library: 804-0459

Erva's RestaurantWest Street804-2267Popular low cost Belizian food.MapWeb
Guava Limb CaféBurns Avenue824-4837Not just a café. Top notch cuisine.MapWeb
Hode's PlaceSavannah Road804-2522Popular with ex-pats. Banquet style.MapWeb
Ko-Ox Han Nah Burns Avenue824-3014 Popular, expat restaurant. Great quality.MapWeb
Mama's PizzaHome delivery605-0470Jersey style pizza delivered to your door.N/AWeb
Miss Deb'sMobile629-4453Great comfort food. See web site.N/AWeb
Pop's RestaurantWest Street824-3366Breakfast all day. A/C. No smoking.MapWeb
Remo's roadhouseBullet Tree village668-2605The main ex-pat bar.MapWeb
Bamboo BarHudson Street668-0749The current in-place. Live music.MapWeb

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