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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!
"The most amazing swim I've ever had!" -DP, Orlando
Experience our Jungle Infinity Pool for a swim like you’ve never known before. Surrounded by jungle and tucked into the hillside, Table Rock’s saltwater pool will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.
Don’t miss out on enjoying the bliss that is our new Jungle Infinity Pool. Tucked into the soaring trees of the surrounding jungle and built into the face of a hill overlooking the Macal River Valley, this newest addition to Table Rock doesn’t disappoint. After years of dreaming and six months of intense construction, the pool not only gives our guests a gorgeous view and a fabulous spot to beat the heat, but it also provides more beautiful open-air spaces to relax, unwind, and rediscover themselves.
How did we do it? Well, it all started with building a new road on the property so that we could reach the spot where we knew the pool would be perfect. A couple of weeks and a large excavator later, and voila!–new road. Then we began the slow and painstaking process of working with the natural contours of the land to best fit the pool to the environment. Nobody likes skimming the pool, but we love our trees at Table Rock and we didn’t want to loose the feeling of the surrounding forest, so only a bare minimum of trees were removed during the building.
Then came the addition of bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a great pool deck with loads of seating, a breezy pavilion filled with comfy sofas and ceiling fans overlooking it all, and finally a bridge for access to and from the dining room and bar. All of this and Wifi access to boot! You’ll never want to move from this fabulous new space! Your holiday time with us is limited, though, so be sure to make time to enjoy the pool as well as all our other onsite activities and our amazing guided excursions, too!