Leave the shuffle board at home and spend your well earned free time enjoying a Belizean adventure. When everyone else goes back to school and work, fewer tourists will arguably make your experience in Belize more authentic. The fall temperature in Belize ranges from 70-85 degrees making it even more enjoyable for sightseeing than the summer months.
San Ignacio Resort Hotel is the perfect place to stay to experience all of western Belize’s top tours. Their team of expert guides will take you in an air conditioned tour van and there will likely be few to no people on the tours with you. The hotel offers guests luxury accommodations in a 26-room property with one and two bedroom suites with private balconies boasting views of the 17-acre jungle estate. Each suite is designed with local art and furnishings made from well-crafted Belizean hardwood and sustainable mahogany. Guests staying at one of the lavish suites will also receive complimentary butler service, daily breakfast, tickets to visit the Green Iguana Conservation Project, and a guided walk along their Medicinal Trails. Participants will receive hands-on knowledge about how the Maya community used these plants for medicinal purposes to cure illnesses and pains. The natural surroundings of the resort feature over 110 species of birds. Experienced guides are available for hire to guide guests through the 17 acre property on early morning bird watching tours.
Top tours available through San Ignacio Resort Hotel include:
Maya Temple Tour
Hike up to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Temples imagining what life was like hundreds of years ago. You can listen to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel expert tour guide Cruz Cambranes as he educates you on Mayan cultures and traditions. From the top of the tallest ruin, El Castillo you can see all the way to Guatemala. The Xunantunich and Cahal Pech temples are two very popular sites amongst archaeologists and you will still find them excavating today during certain times of the year.
San Antonio Maya Women’s Community Tour
The Maya community is an integral part of Belize as they were the first to develop the country. The Maya Women’s Community Tour gives you the opportunity to join a Maya community in their village of San Antonio. You will get to observe their way of life as they share their history and culture while preparing a traditional meal complete with corn tortillas, which you will grind the corn the same way Mayas used to many centuries ago. As your meal is cooked, get a hands-on experience with a pottery class and create your own masterpiece. Your finished work can be taken home as a lasting way to remember the Maya cultural experience.
San Ignacio’s AJAW Chocolate & Crafts takes you through all of the procedures needed to create authentic chocolate treats. Located in San Ignacio Town, this tour gives travelers an overview of chocolate at each stage of production and also, an overview of its culinary role within the Maya community. During this immersion, you will be able to grind your own cocoa beans and turn them into your favorite chocolate drink or treat which you can take home and enjoy. You will also have some spare time to browse through the AJAW shop to purchase some of their handmade confections. In addition to learning all you need to know about chocolate, you will also be provided with fun facts and information about Belize and its agricultural products. Return back to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and get a chocolate scrub at their spa and you can learn about the beauty values it has for your skin as well.
Garifuna Settlement Day will be celebrated on November 19th to remember the arrival of this group to Belize. This holiday means there will be lots of traditional Garifuna food you can try while watching Garifuna drummers and musicians as they celebrate across the country.
Prices in the shoulder season at San Ignacio Resort Hotel start at 40% lower than the high season for standard rooms and 25% lower for suites. Room rates start at $140 and Suites start at $400.
About San Ignacio Resort Hotel:
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a premier full-service Belize resort, located in the Cayo district. The hotel boasts resort-class amenities and accommodations for those seeking to relax and enjoy a beautiful tropical escape, yet offers nearby adventures for those wanting to explore inland Belize. The luxurious San Ignacio Resort Hotel is centrally located for adventure tours to nearby archaeological parks, caves and nature reserves and boasts views of rainforest and wildlife. For more information and reservation inquiries visit www.sanignaciobelize.com.