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Windy Hill Resort – San Ignacio, Belize

3 or 5 Nights for Two in a Standard Room or Deluxe A/C Cabana with Tours at Windy Hill Resort in San Ignacio, Belize
Run Date: 7/1-7/20

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Resort at a Glance: Windy Hill Resort

Escape everyday life at Windy Hill Resort, a tropical retreat in the Cayo district of Belize. Surrounded by the foothills of the Maya Mountains and lush rainforests brimming with wildlife, it offers plenty to do. Guided tours are included with your stay—explore the jungle on a trek to nearby Mayan ruins or canoe through Barton Creek Cave.

  • Take a horseback ride through the neighboring farms and rainforest before reaching the Mopan River.
  • Learn about native birds on the early-morning birding tour, which is led by a knowledgeable expert.
  • Keep cool with ceiling fans in rooms or air conditioning in cabanas; local art and hand-woven rugs make each one’s decor unique.
  • Local flavor: Pair a dish such as curry chicken with Belize’s Belikin beer at the onsite restaurant.
  • Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.

San Ignacio, Belize: Frontier Town Meets Tropical Paradise

San Ignacio is tucked amid jungle foliage in western Belize, between the Macal River and the Guatemalan border. This exotic landscape affords an abundance of riches for eco-tourism and historical sites, so travelers often use San Ignacio as a jumping-off point for adventure trips. Tops on the must-see list is Tikal—a former Mayan kingdom that’s now a national park—across the border in Guatemala. Some of the park’s dozens of impeccably preserved limestone temples and pyramids tower hundreds of feet in the air. You can even climb stairs to the top of Temple IV, where you’re treated to a sweeping view of the jungle greenery that carpets Belize and Guatemala. Nearly as magnificent is the site known as Xunantunich, located across a river closer to San Ignacio in Belize. Somewhat of a hidden gem, it didn’t have its temples restored until the 1990s.

Other hidden secrets include the network of caves concealed beneath San Ignacio’s hilly landscape. The one to see is Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as ATM Cave, which served as a residence and sanctuary for ancient Mayans. The clay pots and carvings inside have been virtually untouched since their discovery. It’s almost as if the Mayans never left. In fact, some didn’t: multiple remains are scattered inside the cave, and many were believed to be human sacrifices.

As the sun rises on Saturday morning in San Ignacio, crowds of people—some on horseback—descend upon the city’s popular farmers’ market to get first dibs on the freshest fruits and veggies. In addition to freshly plucked mangoes, pineapples, bananas, and watermelons, you can stock up on baked goods, clothing, and traditional wood carvings.

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