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Mayan Jungle Ride with Caracol excursion

Itinerary for Mayan Jungle Ride with Caracol excursion

Please, note that during the pandemic, day trip to Tikal are not available.

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
If you arrive by International flight, you will be met outside the arrival zone at the Airport by a driver who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Alternative pickup locations can be arranged and rates may vary. A stop at the Belize Zoo can be added to your arrival or departure transfer depending on arrival time (Zoo closes at 3:30 pm). 
Depending on arrival time, you may enjoy some of the lodge activities such as: a refreshing swim in the pool, a hike on the trails, river tubing, canoeing and more. Or relax and decompress to the sounds, smells and views of the jungle river valley from your own private hammock. Enjoy your first dinner & cocktails in the open-air fine dining restaurant.  Alternatively, an intimate private deck dinner service can be arranged for an extra fee (to be paid at the lodge).
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 2 (Sunday): Ride to an ancient Mayan cave 
Breakfast is served starting at 6:30 AM.  At 8:00 AM, a driver will transfer you the ranch. Please be ready in your riding cloth. We will provide water, lunch, a small saddle bag, a beach towel and poncho. You will receive an oral orientation before being introduced to your horse and embarking on a full day of horseback riding. Today's ride is through the rainforest to an ancient Mayan cave. You will explore and discover interesting formations and evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds that are hundreds of years old. After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on a gourmet picnic lunch. Return to the ranch between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. After a refreshing beverage, you will be driven back to the Lodge, a 30-minute drive. Return to your Cabana to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with your hosts and other guests.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Barton Creek
Morning routine repeats.  Another full day of horseback riding awaits. Today, we will ride to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through the village of El Progresso, where refugees from El Salvador settled over 30 years ago. The trail also crosses a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills (Please respect them and refrain from taking their photos). As you make your way down the steep narrow road to the valley floor, you will be astounded by the size of fruit trees and tropical flora in the fertile Barton Creek valley. Arriving at Mike’s Place, you will tie your horses and embark on a canoe (3 pax per canoe) and paddle deep into the sparking stalactite formation river cave. Your guide will point out Mayan artifacts and significant features. We recommend bringing your own headlight (a spotlight will be provided). There are facilities for changing into a swimsuit if you wish to take a refreshing dip before lunch and mounting for the return climb up and out of the valley. You will pass through jungle and farm-land, therefore giving you the opportunity to see a wide variety of bird species, including the brilliant Vermillion Flycatcher
Then, we will transfer you back to the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 4 (Tuesday): Half-day Jungle Ride & visit
This day begins with a beautiful half-day jungle horseback ride followed by lunch at the ranch's cantina. The destination for the half-day ride is a secluded hidden valley where you will ride along a winding creek and enjoy the exotic tropical vegetation and excellent opportunities for sighting colorful rainforest birds and iridescent butterflies. During the ride, there are excellent opportunities for seeing birds and possibly wildlife as the valley is home to Howler Monkeys, Jaguars, Puma, Ocelot, Tapir and more. There are opportunities to canter in some places. 
After lunch, you will return to the Lodge for a chance to shower and change clothes. Then, your guide will accompany you tour a Mayan site followed by shopping or optional cultural tours in San Ignacio or simply experiencing the ambience of the lovely town of San Ignacio at the confluence of the Mopan and Macal Rivers where they merge into the Belize River. You will then return to the Lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Riding time: approx. 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 5 (Wednesday): Visit of Caracol (no riding) 
Today, you will visit Caracol (Spanish for “snail”), located about 2 hours' drive away from the Lodge.  Caracol is the most spectacular Mayan site in Belize, as well as one of the most impressive in Central America.  Once home to as many as 200,000 people–more than half of the entire modern-day Belizean population, Caracol was a metropolis with five plazas and thirty-two large structures covering almost one square mile including Belize’s tallest manmade structure, the temple of Ca’ana.  Altogether there are some 35,000 buildings at the site, though only a handful have been fully excavated. Your day will end off with a leisurely stop at either Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls for more breathtaking scenery and a swim. Be sure to have your camera batteries fully charged and a fresh memory card available, as not only the grand Mayan architecture but the surrounding jungle and wildlife will keep you snapping photos all day long. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Adventure Level: Moderately strenuous.  An amazing, but very bumpy 2-hour drive on unpaved road takes you through the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Elijio Panti National Park, and the lush broadleaf rainforest of the Chiquibul National Park.  Choose to climb to the tops of the temples to add an even greater adventure level.
What to Wear: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Bring along your bathing suit to change into for swimming after touring the ruins. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended, as well.
Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness. Rio On Pools is the recommended choice for those with more limited mobility and for children under 5 years of age.

Day 6 (Thursday): Ride to Big Rock Falls  
Today is a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail passes through rainforest, and varied ecosystems before making its way up into the Mountain Pine Ridge. After about two or two and half hours you arrive at the waterfalls. Your horses will be tied while you hike down a steep path to the river.  Enjoy your specially prepared lunch and a refreshing leisurely swim before returning to the horses for the ride back to the ranch. We sometimes see jaguar and puma tracks on the trail so it’s always a good idea to “keep your eyes peeled.” Your guide will point out features, birds, and will discuss traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees.
Riding time: approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 7 (Friday): Ride through Slate Creek Preserve 
Your last day of riding will be another jungle ride, an immersion into the rainforest and a visit to a lovely hidden valley filled with giant fruit trees. This is the heart of Slate Creek Preserve, the creek of the same name meanders through this incredibly rich and beautiful valley surrounded by forested hills.  Your guides will continue to show you traditional uses of the plants and trees you are passing. You will return to the ranch's cantina for lunch and say goodbyes to your guides and other staff.  Travel back to the Lodge for a free afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Day of departure. The time of departure will depend on your plans or flight times. Transfer from the Lodge to International Airport or Belize City by vehicle is included.  Contact us for rates to other desired destinations.  There is a local airport, Maya Flats, outside San Ignacio if you want to fly to the islands or other destinations offered by Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. There is no additional charge for transfer to Maya Flats.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note:  The order of the rides in this package can be changed at the operator's discretion.  We will do our best to offer all activities but there will be no refund for services we are unable to perform due to circumstances out of our control, such as weather or other abnormal events.

Self-guided on-site activities (included in your package):
o Upstream Canoeing
o Lazy River Tubing
o Hiking
o Birding
o Farm Animal Feeding
o Swimming in the Macal River and Jungle Infinity Pool

Activities & Services offered for an extra fee:
- Babysitting
- Half-day canoe trips to San Ignacio with a naturalist guide
- In-Room Massage
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Mayan Jungle Ride with Caracol excursion
Tour Code: IT-BESR02
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,400.00
Dates : Jan-Aug

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 12/04 - 12/11 8d / 7n 8 day Lodge Ride and Tour, A... 4 /12 Reserve
B 2021 12/11 - 12/18 8d / 7n 8 day Lodge Ride and Tour, A... 4 /12 Reserve
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Tack: Western Wintec
Horses: Spanish quarterhorse local breed mix
Pace: 5 - 6 hours some canters !
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize (BZE)
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