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Cayo District free

West of Belize City | Belize
Cayo District Photo info
Courtesy of Belize Tourism
  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Travel west of Belize City and you'll discover a cluster of ancient Mayan sites, rolling hills, gorgeous sunsets, tranquil butterfly gardens, and verdant jungles. In the heart of the Cayo District sits San Ignacio, a small town that boasts traditional culinary dishes and affordable hotels. One TripAdvisor user compliments San Ignacio's "Good food, cheap rooms, and good people."

From San Ignacio, you'll likely want to drive about two hours on Western Highway to the six-square-mile Caracol Archeological Reserve, a Mayan ruin dating back to the Classic Period (AD 250-900). Caracol served as an urban agricultural center and features five central plazas surrounded by 32 structures. The site welcomes visitors everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission costs $15 BZD (about $7.50 USD).

You can access the Cayo District via car from Belize City by traveling northwest on Western Highway. Once you've spotted Hawksworth Bridge, you'll know you've reached in San Ignacio. But don't go too far: Just nine miles west of San Ignacio lies the Guatemalan border.

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