Welcome to San Ignacio
But as much as it is geared to travelers, San Ignacio is no inland San Pedro, existing only for tourism. It has a very positive and infectious local vibe, with a bustling market and a steady influx of immigrants, mainly from nearby Guatemala. Residents are mestizos, Maya and Garifuna, as well as a bunch of free-spirited expats from Europe and North America.
Most travelers come to San Ignacio as a base for the adventures of Cayo or as a stepping stone to or from Guatemala: many stay longer than they expected.