The best of Belize secrets for family fun
Whether you are an adventure traveller, part of a family trip or in the country for a relaxing beach vacation – Belize people and culture know how to make you feel welcome and comfortable! And, no matter what season you visit, there’s plenty to do and see…
Just steps away from San Ignacio Town you can experience all of Belize’s activities on your family bucket list, including nearby archaeological parks, and nature reserves. Guests can also explore ancient Maya sites, float on a tube through the underworld caves, zip-line in the Belizean rainforest and canoe down historical rivers.
For those looking for a trip with a sense of adventure, The San Ignacio Resort Hotel shares their favorite family-friendly activities and tips. All tours will be organized through the Resort and include a private driver and tour guide.
- VISIT A MAYA RUIN
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Tour: This tour takes you to nearby Maya sites to showcase the architecture and centres developed by the ancient Maya in the Cayo District. The tour features visits to some of San Ignacio's landmarks— the Xunantunich and Cahal Pech temples, two very popular sites amongst archaeologists. During this combination tour, you'll learn about the rich culture of the Maya people and witness infrastructures that have existed for many centuries. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of resident wildlife such as birds, spider monkeys and howler monkeys. A fun filled history class for the whole family.
- GET CLOSE TO IGUANAS
The Green Iguana Conservation Project has been Ranked as the #1 Activity in San Ignacio Town for 8 years in a row by TripAdvisor. Located on-site at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Green Iguana Conservation Project is an interactive exhibit that gives visitors a closer look at the life of Green Iguanas. The venture aims to conserve and look after the endangered species by educating the public about the role Green Iguanas play in the ecosystem. Here, visitors of all ages are given the opportunity to mingle with these wonderful reptiles and also learn about the incubation, hatching, rearing, and releasing process and take one-of-a-kind pictures with these prominent creatures that are always up to meeting new friends.
- MYSTICAL CAVES
ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM): This site has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and History Channel because of its mesmerizing giant flowstone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites present throughout this 3-mile long cave. ATM features burial chambers, Maya artifacts, intact calcified human remains, and slate stelaes that were used for burials. The Belize cave systems contain extensive collections of pottery, artifacts and even skeletal remains found beneath the dense tropical rainforest. You'll become intrigued by the mysteries of the Maya Underworld as you collect new stories for the family scrapbook.
- THE MIGHTY JUNGLE
Calico Jack's Ziplining: Glide through the Belizean greens on this thrilling and exhilarating tour. Offering a variety of different runs, zipline through the jungle rainforest for an amazing adventure. This experience consists of 9 runs, 15 platforms, a jungle lift, and 2,700 feet of adrenaline pumping ziplining!
Mountain Equestrian Trails (MET) Horseback Riding: The full day horseback ride to Big Rock Falls starts at 8:30 AM. The trail passes through the rainforest and up to the Mountain Pine Ridge. This forest reserve is a 300-square mile area where you will find scenic combinations of cool pine forest, tumbling waterfalls, lush river valleys, and numerous cave formations. After about two hours you will arrive at the waterfalls where you can enjoy a specially prepared lunch and a refreshing leisurely swim before returning back to MET. You may even see jaguar or puma tracks so “keep your eyes peeled”. Your guide will point out birds and will discuss traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees.
- BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS
Belize is a nature lover's paradise. The country boasts an approximate 600 tropical bird species! The plethora of lively birds will bring serenity and peace to your day. Enjoy a “dining with the birds” experience as you eat breakfast outdoors at the Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant or get the Bird List and see how many species you can check off during an on-site birdwatching tour. If you are lucky you will spot a Keel-Billed Toucan, a gem in the Belizean jungle and often spotted right outside the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.
- GO WITH THE FLOW
Embark on a canoeing adventure along the calm, clean, rainforest waters of the Macal River and views over the Maya Mountains. This provides an educational day on San Ignacio's pristine tropical river. As you leisurely paddle down river, exotic birds and pre-historic looking Iguanas can be spotted along the riverbanks. It's a fantastic experience for beginners and family members of all ages.
- TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Known as “the happiest zoo in the world”, the Belize Zoo features over 170 animals. It's a great opportunity to get to know the native wildlife. The animals are housed in an au naturel concept zoo that makes it seem like you're walking through a jungle trail. The most enchanting feature of this zoo is that all animals are orphaned, rescued, rehabilitated or born at the zoo.
Rates at San Ignacio Resort Hotel start from $315 USD per night for the Family Room and $216 USD per night for the Regal Room. However, families looking for a little more pampering can splurge at one of its newest accommodations, the Royal Suite starting at $594 USD; guests staying in this lavish suite receive complimentary butler service, daily breakfast and tickets to visit the Green Iguana
Family established and owned, San Ignacio Resort Hotel goes the extra mile for its guests and provides a hassle-free vacation by organizing an array of activities for children of all ages. Kids love the large swimming pool and the whole family can enjoy the Medicinal Trails and its award-winning Green Iguana Conservation Project.
The award winning hotel offers views of the rainforest and wildlife from each of its 26 rooms. The Regal Rooms, Family Room and Royal Suite offer enough space for a family of three to six and kids under 11 are always free.
The Resort is centrally located in San Ignacio Town, within a 17 acre private estate just 72 mile west of Belize City; this lush tropical setting on a hillside along the Macal River gives the Resort its unique name of the only jungle in town. Just a short walk puts you in downtown San Ignacio where the culture and lifestyle of the people abound or in the middle of one of Belizes ancient Maya temples known as Cahal Pech.
Amenities at San Ignacio Resort Hotel include a 24 hour pool, day spa, on site restaurant & bar, over 5,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a large outdoor terrace where visitors can relax and enjoy the amazing views of Belize. The Hotel’s on – site tour company can arrange a variety of adventure and wildlife tours such as horseback riding, canoeing, zip – lining, visits to historical Maya sites, breath – taking caves, and the award – winning Green Iguana Conservation Project, located on the premises
For reservations and more information on San Ignacio Resort Hotel and their family-friendly tours visit www.sanignaciobelize.com
Since its opening, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel has hosted and catered several local and international events. Everyone from Ambassadors to Ministers, Hollywood celebrities to NFL superstars have all passed through its doors. The most noted was hosting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1994
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel currently has a 4.5 star Tripadvisor Rating from over 1000 reviews.
Honoured with as HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2016/2012, RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2016 and HOSPITALITY AWARD 2015 by the Belize Tourism Board
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