San Antonio Village, Cayo District

San Antonio Village is a small community located in the Cayo District of Belize, Central America. The village is situated in a valley and is approximately a 20-minute drive away from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. San Antonio Village is known for its unique and diverse population, primarily consisting of Yucatec Mayas who have their own culture and traditions.

One of the main attractions of the village is the Tanah Mayan Art Museum, which showcases the work of the Garcia Sisters, who are renowned slate carvers from Cayo. The museum offers visitors the opportunity to view and purchase exquisite slate carvings that depict various scenes and subjects from Maya life and culture.

The village is also the home of the late Don Elijio Panti, who was a well-known shaman guide and herbal healer. His legacy is preserved at the Elijio Panti National Park, which is located just at the buffer zone of the village along with its neighboring villages of Cristo Rey and El Progresso. The park is a protected area that contains a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as many medicinal plants that Don Elijio Panti used in his practice.

Another attraction of San Antonio Village is the Maya ruin of Pacbitun. This ancient Maya city is believed to have been an important center of trade and commerce during the Classic period of Maya civilization, which dates back to around 200-900 AD.

Overall, San Antonio Village is a fascinating destination for those interested in Maya culture, history, and art. The village’s unique location, combined with its rich cultural heritage, makes it an excellent place to explore and discover the hidden gems of Belize.

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