A country known for its biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems, Belize is also recognized for celebrating a variety of diverse cultures such as Creole, Garifuna, Maya, Mennonite, Mestizo, Taiwanese and Lebanese, amongst many others. Each of its cultural groups do their best to maintain their own values and practices while collectively creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for both locals and visitors alike.
Traveling allows people to actively engage in a variety of experiences that bring people, places or things to life and these kinds of opportunities are made possible by tours that incorporate local immersion. For those looking to take get the most out of their vacation and learn more about the community they are visiting, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize provides the perfect location to do so. Just moments away from the San Ignacio town center, The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is conveniently located close in proximity to all of the Western Belize cultural tours that give visitors a chance to interact with and learn from the locals.
“So much was lost at the end of the ancient Maya civilization including many aspects of the domestic household like language, music, medicine, the art of crafting stone tools, ceramics and preparing of foods. Over time, the Maya people have regained a lot of their heritage, and through our cultural tours, we are participating in the conservation of the Maya culture and traditions,” shares expert tour guide at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Cruz Cambranes.
Find information regarding cultural tours offered at San Ignacio Resort Hotel below:
Maya Community Tour
The Maya community is an integral part of Belize as they were the first to develop the country. The Maya Women’s Community Tour gives you the opportunity to join a Maya community in their village of San Antonio. You will get to observe their way of life as they share their history and culture while preparing a traditional meal complete with corn tortillas, which you will grind the same way Mayas used to many centuries ago. As your meal is cooked, get a hands-on experience with a pottery class and create your own masterpiece. Your finished work can be taken home as a lasting way to remember the Maya cultural experience.
Mennonite Cultural Tour
The Mennonite community was established in the 1950s and continues to play a crucial role in providing Belize with goods and services. The Mennonites are known as a hard-working and independent group, relying heavily on their own knowledge and strength to survive. This tour allows you to get an up close look at how progressive Mennonites work to produce dairy, poultry and other agriculture-related products and services for the country. On the other hand, traditional Mennonites take you back to a time before cars, electricity and cell phones existed, as they live similarly to the Amish. This six-hour tour includes lunch in the more modern Mennonite village, Spanish Lookout, where you will get to interact with this particularly interesting community.
San Ignacio Town Tour
The San Ignacio town tour includes a drive past San Ignacio’s historical buildings and locations in town as well as the famous San Ignacio Market, full of fresh produce and items made by local artists. This market makes for the perfect opportunity to try authentic street food and purchase items that can be brought home as souvenirs. Offered by the hotel, this town tour provides a helpful overview of the area you are vacationing in.
San Ignacio’s AJAW Chocolate & Crafts takes you through all of the procedures needed to create authentic chocolate treats. Located in San Ignacio Town, this tour gives travelers an overview of chocolate at each stage of production and also, an overview of its culinary role within the Maya community. During this immersion, you will be able to grind your own cocoa beans and turn them into your favorite chocolate drink or treat which you can take home and enjoy. You will also have some spare time to browse through the AJAW shop to purchase some of their handmade confections. In addition to learning all you need to know about chocolate, you will also be provided with fun facts and information about Belize and its agricultural products. Return back to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and get a chocolate scrub at their spa and you can learn about the beauty values it has for your skin as well.
For reservations and more information on San Ignacio Resort Hotel and their cultural immersion tours visitwww.sanignaciobelize.com or call 855-488-2624.
About San Ignacio Resort Hotel:
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a premier full-service Belize resort, located in the Cayo district, within a scenic 90-minute drive or 30-minute flight from Belize City. The hotel boasts first-class amenities and accommodations for those seeking to relax and enjoy a beautiful tropical resort, yet offers nearby adventures for those wanting to explore inland Belize. In addition to stunning jungle views, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers impeccable service, extraordinary dining options at its Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant, a tennis court and the largest conference facilities in the Cayo District with more than 5,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. In its 42 years, San Ignacio Resort Hotel has been the recipient of numerous awards including, most recently, “Hotel of the Year” (2016, 2012), “Restaurant of the Year” (2016) and the “Hospitality Award” (2015) at the Belize Tourism Board’s 13th Annual National Tourism Awards.
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