Nestled in a valley, about a 20-minute drive from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the village of San Antonio, Cayo lies along the way to the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Populated by primarily Yucatec Mayas, the village is known for its artists and healers.san-antonio-village-2 The Garcia Sisters, Cayo’s famous slate carvers, are established there, and their Tanah Mayan Art Museum is worth the visit. San Antonio is also the home of the late Don Elijio Panti, shaman guide and herbal healer. misty-mountains-1The Elijio Panti National Park established in his honor is located just at the buffer zone of the village along with its neighboring villages of Cristo Rey and El Progresso. The village also boasts a Maya ruin, Pacbitun.

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About the Author: Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez writes under the pseudonym 'Tia Chocolate'. Tia Chocolate enjoys writing short stories that focus on her life growing up in the small Maya village of San Antonio, Cayo District, Belize.
Tia loves (and we mean LOVE) eating and writing about her food experiences, often times trying out new recipes to try and recreate the foods of her memories. She also loves to travel, indulging in the culture wherever she is privy to visit.
She is slave to a giant cat named Kitty Boo Boo, and her cooking exploits are enjoyed by her significant other, Pookie.

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