SAN IGNACIO DAY
This exciting day begins with a river journey on the easy-flowing waters of the Macal River. Whether gently paddling in a canoe or relaxing in a float tube, the scenery is unforgettable. Our experienced guide will help you to identify the different species of plants and animals that thrive near the river. The Open-air markets participate during this day and maybe a cultural adventure for visitors. However, they are the norm in numerous Belize population centers, each with one particular “market day” that attracts vendors from outside the community.
Saturday is Market Day in San Ignacio, the second largest city in Belize, with nearly 18,000 people. In Belize, locals buy fresh fruits and vegetables from the Farmer’s Market or small, private stands along the roads rather than in large modern supermarkets. On Saturdays, Vendors come from miles away to rent temporary sites for stalls to sell everything from fresh foods, spices, fruits, and vegetables to Belize artwork, clothing, plants, toys, small electronics, and more. The street in front of the market is crowded with coolers and scales for vendors from Belize City or other areas to sell fresh fish. Truck tailgates are used to display other products, and it can be delightful to stroll along and see what is available and what the locals are buying. Music permeates the atmosphere at the market, and local youth congregate like teenagers who gather at shopping malls in other countries. You cannot help absorbing the festive atmosphere where you can meet the locals and enjoy freshly made Mayan food, Quesadillas, Pupusas (Salvadoran Influence), and fresh, natural juices. Shop for souvenirs or relax by the Macal River just from the hubbub.
Tired from the crowd or heat, move on to the nearby Burns Avenue, a pedestrian street for local restaurants, ice cream, souvenir shops, and Wi-Fi if you feel disconnected.
Enjoy lunch in town before heading to the Belize Botanic Gardens to explore an invaluable collection of plants native to Belize and worldwide, including orchids, palms, cycads, tropical fruits, flowering trees, and horticultural oddities. The site can be reached by tube, horseback, or vehicle, so let us tailor the experience for you.