San Ignacio is located in western Belize. It's usually considered to be a transit point between Belize and Guatemala. Most travelers coming here are either coming from or heading to Guatemala. The town itself though has quite a lot to offer. It's located between the Macal River and the Mopan River. You will often hear it referred to as "Cayo" which mean island in Spanish. It has a population around 20,000 people.
There are quite a few Mayan Ruins. The big ones are:
In addition to the Mayan ruins, a number of tours can be booked for jungle walks, jungle tours and cave canoeing. There are a number of tour companies in the centre of San Ignacio.
There aren't really any special events that are particular to San Ignacio, but every year they hold a festival at El Pilar.
The main part of the town is fairly compact.
San Ignacio has probably the best selection of restaurants.
Some note worthy bars would be Greedy's and Orleanito's. For clubs you have Blue Angel's and Fiya Wata.
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Unfortunately the dorm style hostel hasn't caught on here, but most hotels have rooms that will sleep more than one person so splitting a room is usually the best option.
Internet cafés can be found at most major tourist destinations around Belize. Wi-Fi is also increasingly common, and many hotels are offering it for free. Rates at cybercafes run between BZ$2 and BZ$10 per hour.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 911. The country calling code to Belize is 501 and to make an international call from Belize, the code is 00.
Belize has a standardized seven-digit phone numbering system. There are no city or area codes to dial from within Belize.
Payphones are the most common public phones and accept pre-purchased phone cards.
If you bring your own cell phone, avoid roaming charges, as the bill for internet can add up quickly. Instead, use only wifi or buy a local SIM card.
Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) and their cellular division DigiCell have a virtual monopoly on cellular service in Belize. Luckily, DigiCell does have affordable packages for SIM card activation.
Belize's postal service provides services throughout the country. Services are not very reliable though and it might take weeks for a postcard or letter to arrive at your destination. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, with a one hour lunch break starting around noon.
Most hotels will post a letter for you, and there are post offices in the major towns. It costs BZ$.80 to send a letter to the United States, and BZ$1 to send a letter to Europe. Postcards to the same destinations cost BZ$.40 and BZ$.50 respectively. If you want to send a package, it's better to use international companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and not too expensive.
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