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Orange Gift Shop & Gallery is probably the best-stocked gift shop in this region, if not the whole country, and can be found at Caesar's Place (tel. 824-2341; www.orangegifts.com) about 11km (7 miles) east of San Ignacio. However, I find the prices a bit high, and similar goods can be found less expensively at other shops. A good alternative in town is Arts & Crafts of Central America, 24 Burns Ave. (tel. 824-2253).

Throughout Belize, and especially in Cayo, you will see slate carvings of Mayan hieroglyphs. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit to one of the sources, the García Sisters. This family of artisans runs an interesting little museum-cum-craft shop. It's located outside of San Antonio village on the road to Mountain Pine Ridge.

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