Dining options in Cayo are varied, healthy, and on average very inexpensive. Multiple eateries in either San Ignacio or Benque Viejo, both towns within 15 minutes driving from Chial Reserve, feature international and local cuisine, with the main ingredients being fresh products from the area. From simple food stalls at the markets selling local tacos, bollos, tamales, sabutes or barbecue, to high end fine dining with world class dishes of lamb, rabbit, and exotic local greens like chaya or callaloo, you can find a dish to fit your palette in a setting that you will enjoy and at prices that you can appreciate.
Cayo life is one of filled with relaxation, good food, healthy mountain air and great people. Though the area has a growing tourism market, it feels anything but touristy. Locals mix easily with visitors and foreign residents, and friends are made very quickly at places like the San Ignacio market which has quickly become a weekend meeting place with an eclectic mix of fresh produce, food stalls, and just about any odd assortment of wares for sale, or at any number of street side cafés on burn’s avenue or even in the river on a balmy afternoon.
The Cayo district boasts one of the most pristine natural environments in Belize. Its multiple rivers, streams and waterways irrigate fertile soil and lush rainforests with gorgeous rolling hills that provide vistas that remind of storybook settings in idyllic nature.