San Ignacio fountain downtown, Belize, Cayo District

Belize 2004, Part 3 – San Ignacio, Cayo District

The Maya Mountain Lodge we stayed at was very close to San Ignacio, a town in western Belize. San Ignacio is the capital of Cayo District. During British rule, the town got its start from production of Mahogany wood and chicle, which is used for making chewing gum (Chiclets). It attracted different people from the surrounding areas, which led to the diverse population of the town at present day. Local residents are Mestizos, Maya and Garifuna, with a few hippy expats from Europe and North America.

Located along the Macal River, San Ignacio is not just for tourists, which is why Mom chose it. There is a very positive local vibe, with a busy farmer’s market.

Eva's Restaurant, Gift Shop, Cyber Cafe, San Ignacio, Belize

Travelling in 2004 is not the same as now with regard to Internet access. This was long before smart phones and nobody had WiFi. They had one computer station at the Lodge which was on dialup with a long line of people waiting to use it. To check my email I visited this cyber-cafe (above) which had decent service.

Me drinking a Belikan beer in Belize, 2004

It was so sunny and hot. Mom and I stopped at a little bar to enjoy an ice cold Belikan Beer.Mom drinking a beer, San Ignacio, Belize

Central O'Tel, San Ignacio, Belize

Downtown scene, San Ignacio, Belize

I couldn’t get enough of that Belikan beer. I even got a Belikan t-shirt, which I still wear.Can't get enough Belikan Mayan Temple Beer

All these photos were taken on the enormous brick of a 5 Megapixel digital Canon camera I bought in the year 2000. It cost $1,200! It was my first digital. Digital cameras were still in their commercial infancy back then. I bought a professional Canon EOS 20D SLR for the same amount in 2005 and didn’t upgrade until last month – nearly 10 years later. Canon rocks.

Watch [VIDEO] Belize Vacation Ten Year Anniversary

I also recorded most of these adventures on a huge clunky Digital-8 Cassette Video Camcorder which I carried around back then (I bought that at a pawn shop in 2003). You can see me wearing it in some of my pics. I have edited the footage into the compilation below. The soundtrack includes popular songs from 2004, which played a lot on the radio in Belize.

Belize Vacation Ten Year Anniversary Series

Belize 2004, Part 1 – Arrival in Central America
Belize 2004, Part 2 – Underground Mayan Waterways: The Caves of Barton Creek
Belize 2004, Part 3 – San Ignacio, Cayo District
Belize 2004, Part 4 – Maya Pyramids, Tikal, Guatemala
Belize 2004, Part 5 – The Coral Island of Caye Caulker
Belize 2004, Part 6 – Juni’s Sail & Snorkel Trips in Caye Caulker
Belize 2004, Part 7 – Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill at the Split, Caye Caulker

Next – Read Part 4:
Maya Pyramids, Tikal, Guatemala

Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Dad.

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