San Ignacio Journals

Adventures in Cayo

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A June 2005 trip to San Ignacio by coloradowanderer

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Quote: This quiet hilly town, nestled along two converging rivers, provides an excellent jumping-off point to explore the surrounding wonders. Explore caves, waterfalls, jungle, mountains, butterfly farms, and the Rainforest Medicine Trail.

Adventures in Cayo

Overview

San Ignacio Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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The highlight for me was meeting David of David's Adventure Tours. He was the only operator in the guidebook listed as independent, so that sold me right away. After comparing prices, I decided that the extra few dollars was worth it. The knowledge of history David shares is fascinating and priceless.Quick Tips: For budget travelers, the amount of activities here will break the bank. Save your pennies.Best Way To Get Around: As much as I dislike organized tours, it is almost impossible to navigate this area on your own. Signing up for any on of David's tours is like going with a group of friends and an experienced guide. The town is easily navigated on foot, and the small Mayan...Read More

Pacz Guesthouse

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Hotel

Pacz Guesthouse Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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This clean and easily found guesthouse sits atop Erva's restaurant. Climbing the steps lands you on a porch covered with vines and plants. The living room area has a TV with cable, a couch, and a couple of chairs. Upon entering, the desk was unattended, but the travelers who were hanging out informed me that the owners lived next door. I rang the bell and a boy of about 14 came over. He gave me a key but did not take payment or any information from me, typical of the trusting and laid-back attitude in Belize. The next morning, I had to ring the bell again to pay. My room was huge, with one double bed and a twin, desk, and closet. The in-room bathroom was decorated with beautiful tile and had...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Pacz Guesthouse
2 Far West St.
San Ignacio, Belize
501-824-4538

Eva's Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant

Eva's Restaurant and Bar Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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Colorful Eva's is the spot for information about tours of the area. The walls are covered with artwork and pictures of local lodging and attractions. A guidebook warns of the "surly service," and it's not a lie, but just take it with a smile. The owner, Bob, did warm up after a bit of chatting, and he is full of valuable tips. After a simple and cheap sandwich on the patio, I decided to use the internet. With time to spare after checking my email, I was curious what information was available on IgoUgo about San Ignacio. Bob appeared over my shoulder and smugly asked why I was using the Internet when he could answer all my questions. I told him about this site and proceeded to pull up the revie...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Eva's Restaurant and Bar
22 Burns Avenue
San Ignacio, Belize
92-2267

Serendib

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Restaurant

Serendib Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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Bypassing the busy dining room, outfitted with traditional decor, I was led down slippery steps to the outdoor patio. The evening storm had passed not taking much of the heat with it. Funnily enough, two other female travelers, who I had met on Caye Caulker and ran into at Eva's that afternoon, were finishing up their meal. We all ended up going camping together. It’s truly a small world, especially in Belize. Once they left, I was alone on the patio lit by strewn white lights and surrounded by tall palms. The music did not match the atmosphere by any means. The ever-present ‘80s hits would be the only thing I would change. The menu listed many choices for vegetable, meat, or fish cur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Serendib
27 Burns Avenue
San Ignacio, Belize
(501) 822-2302

Ancestral Land Camping

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Attraction | "Camp at David's"

Ancestral Land Camping Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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The opportunity to camp on David's ancestral land was something I could not pass up. After shopping at the market, two other women and I piled into the truck with Dave at the wheel. Shortly out of town, we stopped in a modern residential neighborhood to buy fresh bread from the baker herself. On our way again, David showed us another area of his family's land that still bears the name Negroman Farm and the sprawling hacienda of the "toilet paper king." We turned onto his "driveway," a path through an orange grove, as the sweet smell of orange blossoms filled the air. To reach the campground, you must first cross the river. My shoes would have slipped me into the river, so Dave lent me his. As he...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Ancestral Land Camping
Office across from Market
San Ignacio, Belize