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Perched on the Macal River's eastern shore, energetic San Ignacio—often called "Cayo"—is a cultural crossroads that mingles international influence with Maya and Garifuna heritage. Lush jungle encroaches on the edge of town, while riverside markets overflow with colorful handicrafts, artwork, and fresh fruits from nearby farms. Nearby Maya ruins, including Cahal Pech and Xunantunich, are reminders of this region's ancient history and Indigenous traditions.

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