1. Visit the Iguana Sanctuary located in the San Ignacio Hotel. This sanctuary houses roughly 25/30 Green Iguanas, a mixture of iguanas that have been rescued or bred in captivity, those that are able will then be released in the hope of growing the Green Iguana population in Belize. It costs 18B$ per person for 45mins/hr in the enclosure with a guide there to give information and ask any questions. It’s quite expensive, but the money goes to a great cause and your able to hold and feed them, they LOVE figs!
2. Walk to Branch Mouth and take a dip in the Belize river. A short 45-minute walk from San Ignacio centre, along firstly a road and then an old dirt track, the latter surrounded by nature with Iguanas resting on every tree and butterflies fluttering along your path. Upon arrival you are greeted by two rivers joining to form the Belize river, a magnificent suspension bridge provides entry into Santa Familia for snacks and drinks to enjoy whilst you take the plunge in and out of the refreshing water.
3. Visit Cahal Pech, A well preserved and untouched Mayan site, Cahal Pech is one of those less known about ruins. Head there in the late afternoon when ticketing has stopped, and the tourists are nowhere to be seen. This way you get the place all to yourselves as the sun sets and entry is free! A short walk from San Ignacio centre this Mayan site is incomparable to the bustling Chichen-Itza or Tikal, instead its beauty lies in its serene peacefulness and the deathly silence that engulfs you.
If you do find yourself renting a 4×4 or paying for transport, then some of my favourite things to do include visiting Big Rock Falls, Rio on Pools and Rio Frio cave. It is easy to see all these natural marvels within a single day’s activities. Or another suggestion is the Xunatunich Mayan temples, larger and more touristy than Cahal Pech but definitely worth a visit!
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