- San Ignacio (town)
official_name =San Ignacio Town
nickname = Cayo
imagesize = 200px
image_caption = View of part of town in San Ignacio
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = District
subdivision_name1 = Cayo
Mayorof San Ignacio
leader_name = John Francis August, Jr.
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1800s
population_as_of = 2005
population_note = estimated
population_total = 16,400
timezone = Central
utc_offset = -6
latd=17|latm=9 |lats=36.45 |latNS=N
longd=89 |longm=3 |longs=35.99 |longEW=W
elevation_m = sea level
elevation_ft = 250ft above sea level
San Ignacio is a
townin western Belizethat serves as the capital of Cayo District. It is located on the banks of the Macal River, a branch of the Belize River, about 72 miles (115 kilometres) west of Belize Cityand 22 miles (35 km) west of Belmopan.
In recent years San Ignacio has absorbed the formerly separate village of Santa Elena. Santa Elena stands on the other side of the Macal, which is spanned here by the Hawkesworth Suspension Bridge. According to the 2000 census, the combined population was 16,400 people. The two are collectively referred to as the "Twin Towns" although San Ignacio is bigger.
Ethnic and religious makeup
The population is largely
Mestizoand Kriol, with some Lebanese and Mopan. San Ignacio also boasts a fairly large Chinese population, most of whom emigrated from Guangzhouin waves in the mid-20th century. A sizable Mennonitecommunity resides near San Ignacio.
San Ignacio is currently governed by a Town Council affiliated with the United Democratic Party (UDP). The
mayoris John Francis August, Jr.
San Ignacio has one junior college, Sacred Heart Junior College.
The area around San Ignacio is one of the most popular parts of the country for tourism. Nearby attractions include the ancient Maya ruins of
Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Tikal( Guatemala) and the cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
* [http://www.travel-center.com/Maps/BZ/103/San-Ignacio/ Map of San Ignacio]
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