San Ignacio.

San Ignacio.

This is part of the London to Belize and Guatemala trip December 2019.

The plan is to stay here for one night before being collected and taken across the border to Guatemala. 


Rainforest Haven Inn

We check into the Rainforest Haven Inn.  Each of our rooms have 2 double ‘4 poster’ beds in them.

Four 4 poster bed Rain Forest Haven Inn San Ignacio
Rainforest Haven Inn, San Ignacio

Neat and tidy in the centre of town. The hotel increases it’s revenue by holding cooking and rum tasting classes. Rum tasting? I am interested. We took the course at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and after the 8 or 9 different rums were ready for a sleep!

Rain Forest Haven Inn Rum Tasting San Ignacio
Rum Tasting Rainforest Inn San Ignacio


Cahal Pech Mayan ruins


Prior to the rum tasting we went cultural ‘Tasting’ at the local Cahal Pech Mayan ruins. This involved a very short taxi journey to the ruins at the top of San Ignacio. There are better ruins in Belize and certainly when you get to Guatemala there are better ruins, but a great taster of Mayan Ruins, and well worth the $5 US entry fee.

Cahal Pech Mayan ruins San Ignacio Belize
Cahal Pech Mayan San Ignacio Belize
Cahal Pech Mayan San Ignacio Belize
Cahal Pech Mayan ruins San Ignacio Belize
Deep rooted tree, Cahal Pech Mayan ruins San Ignacio Belize
Deep rooted tree, Cahal Pech, San Ignacio Belize


We took lunch at the local Cahal Pech Village Resort, Cahal Pech. You can walk there from the ruins, it is across the road. I had a meal described in the menu  ‘ As Belizean as it gets.’ It was pork, banana, rice and coleslaw. Very Nice.

Cahal Pech Village Resort, Cahal Pech
Lunch at Cahal Pech Village Resort, Cahal Pech

There does not appear to be much in town, but after 3 nights in the jungle anything was a bonus. About 50 metres from the hotel was the Trin’s bar. At first look it appeared just a bar, however when we mentioned food we were shown upstairs to a very nice, and full menu, restaurant. 

To be fair this small town was a just a stopover and does not seem to be the place to spend 7 days on holiday in.

The next morning we were collected at 8am, although breakfast was not included we took it on route to Guatemala


Jets Shuttle, Belize

Whilst we are talking about road transfers, we found that for the 4 of us to travel around Belize and Guatemala it was best by road. This is not a cheap experience, costing, in total, around $1300 USD for the 4 of us in our own minisbus. That was Belize City to Calico Jack’s, then San Ignacio to Las Flores, Guatemala, then Las Flores across the border back to Belize to Hopkins, south of Belize city. After a lot of research we decided on Jets Shuttle, Belize.

Jets Shuttle were very good. Jets Shuttle Belize collected us when they said they would, and Josh, our driver was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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