Top Things To Do
There is plenty of things to do around San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town. Below is our list of the Top Things To Do during your stay with us.
Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure is unlike any other tour you will experienced in the area. Picture mesmerizing views of the river banks as we visit 3 spectacular waterfalls from the seat of our Jungle Pontoon with a stop on the river bank for a picnic and the option of Jungle tubing.
Actun Tunichil Muknal – ATM cave is now a national park co-managed by the Institute of Archaeology and Belize Audubon Society, and is one of the major tourist attractions (Adventures) in the country. This guided trip into Belize ATM Cave takes you deep into the Mayan underworld, Xibalba
Located in the Mayan Biosphere Forest in our neighboring Guatemala, the ancient Maya city of Tikal offers an experience unlike any other. The City of Tikal was one of the most powerful kingdoms, and at the height of its rule, was home to almost 120,000 Mayas.
Here are some “Do it yourself” tours
Cahal Pech – This small set of Mayan ruins is San Ignacio’s most visited tourist attraction. The site contains a visitors’ center, restored plazas and temples. The climb up the hill to Cahal Pech is strenuous but rewarding. The ruins’ site and the view of San Ignacio Town from such elevation is spectacular.
Farmers Market – If your stay includes a Saturday morning, head to the town’s open air market. Farmers from all over the Cayo District arrive to offer fresh fruit, vegetables, jams and dairy products, so this is a good place to stock up on inexpensive snacks for your outings and to get breakfast.
House of Culture – Located right under the Town Council building, this tiny museum has works by Belizean artists on display, and hosts classes, performances, and interactive activities.
Green Iguana Exhibit – The San Ignacio Resort Hotel runs a conservation program for the Green Iguana with the aim of creating awareness and educating visitors and locals about these colorful creatures.
More tours and activities in the area
Staying here at Cocopele Inn is a great alternative to many hotel and resort in the area, we can assist you in arranging tours and activities, many not listed on this page. Tours such as: The Butterfly Farm, Botanical Gardens and more.
Medicinal Jungle Trail – Just facing the Green Iguana Exhibit is the entrance to the Medicinal Jungle Trail. The trail isn’t very difficult and lasts 45 minutes but you’ll be able to see iguanas, anteaters and the huge variety of birds within the 14-acre enclosure. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and it might surprise you what medicinal uses some of the plants have.
Barton Creek Cave – One of the most popular day trips is to the Barton Creek Cave. You’ll explore the cave by canoe or cave-tube, learning about the pottery, skulls and formations dating back to when it was a Mayan sacrificial site.
Explore the Macal River – Canoeing the Macal River is a great way to explore the area. You’ll pass through lush jungle vegetation and catch sight of the amazing birds and wildlife. It’s a good idea to stop off at some of the town’s other attractions on your canoeing trip. The further up the river you travel, the better the swimming opportunities are.
Xunantunich – Otherwise known as the “the Maiden of the Rock,” Xunantunich is another must-see Mayan ruin site. Climb the El Castillo pyramid ruin for a fantastic view of the entire site and the Mopan and Macal rivers. At 130ft tall, El Castillo is the second tallest building in Belize and is pretty imposing.
Caracol Mayan Temples – the Snail, is an ancient Maya archaeological site with a detailed history; the area was settle about 900 B.C and survived to the end of the classic period at 900 A.D. Caracol is located in the Chiquibul National Park in the Cayo District of Belize, approximately 50 miles from San Ignacio on a dirt road.