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5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market

17Oct

The San Ignacio Market in the Cayo District of Belize is a colorful and vibrant outdoor space right on the banks of the Macal River. Full of vendors at stalls selling everything from papaya to natural herbal medicines, there is a little something for everyone. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the biggest and most interesting days to visit the market—the place to see and be seen if you’re a local. Although the market is open 7 days a week, your best bet for getting the most out of this unique cultural experience is a Saturday morning visit.

So, what are you likely to see and what are our top picks for a morning at the market? Read on for 5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market:

1. EAT SOME PANADES

Similar to what you may know as Empanadas, Belizean Panades (pronounced “puh-NAH-duhs”) are one of the tastiest and most common types of fast food to be found in the country. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Belizean panades are made by folding corn massa (dough) over a stuffing, which most commonly consists of meat, fish, or refried beans. Or try some of the other delectable Belizean-style fast food fare–rice’n’beans, meat pies, coconut tarts, and garnaches, just to name a few.

2. CHECK OUT HAND CARVINGS ETCHED IN SLATE

Using techniques passed on through the generations, locals artisans retrieve this beautiful black stone from “the bush” and spend painstaking hours carving intricate details by hand depicting Mayan symbols, Belizean cultural icons, and wildlife. You can also find loads of other unique handmade cultural items, like clothing, handbags, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings, from Belize and nearby Guatemala at the market.

3. BURN SOME COPAL

Copal, the traditional Mayan incense made from the cured sap of the fragrant copal tree, is just one of many traditional Mayan items you’ll find for sale at the market. Get yourself a small block and try it out in a handmade clay incense burner.

4. FIND A NATURAL CURE FROM THE RAINFOREST

Traditional cures using homeopathic remedies from the jungle have been in use in the tropics for thousands of years and continue to be widely used and accepted in Belize. From treatments for skin rashes to diabetes, you’re bound to find something to cure whatever ails you.

5. TRY SOMETHING FRESH

Ever eaten a soursop? How about a sapodilla fruit, star fruit, coco yam, or custard apple? Market is the perfect place to try a new tropical fruit or veggie. Get wild and crazy and take a big bite of life!

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Save 25% on Your Belizean Jungle Vacation at Table Rock

15Sep

Get 25% Off Your Room Rate in November & December

Enjoy early winter savings and take 25% off our regular room rate for stays from November 1st through December 18th when you book with us directly for 3 or more nights.

Ask about our Pre-Season Sale when you email us at info@tablerockbelize.com.

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August & September Specials at Table Rock

12Aug

Great Savings on Your Belize Jungle Vacation During August & September

Save 25% off our already discounted room rate this August and September when you book directly with us for 3 or more nights.

Ask for our August & September Special when you email us at info@tablerockbelize.com.

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Check Out Our New Website!

11Jan

What better way to start off the new year than with a new look!

We’ve been working for nearly a year to update our information and our look to best reflect the real feel of Table Rock Jungle Lodge, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. As all of you who have built websites know, it took loads of time, tons of work, and a great collaboration with our tech guy to get this baby up to snuff.

And now we’d love for you to take a look. . .

www.tablerockbelize.com

Let us know what you think and if there are any other details or information you’d like to see on our site. Our goal is to always make our guests happy on vacation while teaching them as much as possible about the nature, culture, and history of Belize. So, anything that will help us meet and exceed that goal is what we’re going for. Thanks for taking a look, passing our site on to friends and family who you think would love to travel “green”, and for sending us your two cents’ worth!

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