Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol

Interior Belize: (IT-BESR02-S)

Interior Belize
Enjoy an amazing adventure vacation in the jungles of western Belize.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to ride to hidden caves, remote waterfalls & more. This trip is an excellent blend between cultural activities, adventure and nature immersion.
You will have the opportunity to see many birds and possibly other wildlife such as Howler Monkeys, Jaguars, Puma, Ocelot, Tapir and more. You will also discover Mayan ruins and remote villages. The avid swimmers, will be fully satisfied with many occasions to cool off in beautiful and remote water holes.

Your evenings are spent in an award-winning ecological lodge surrounded by the Jungle. You will remember this enchanting place forever!
Accommodations consist in tastefully decorated rooms with a comfortable bed and ensuite facilities. The sounds of nature will ease you to sleep every night.


This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

You are accommodated in an award-winning environmentally sustainable lodge, located on 105 of Nature Reserve surrounded by the jungle.
The owners wanted to create an eco-friendly lodge and therefore the lodge produces its own electricity thanks to solar panels. For this reason, the standard electric outlets have been replaced by USD outlets. This means that hairdryers and curling irons cannot be used. We do have, however, a room where guests can charge their computers or other electronics through standard outlets.
Each of the 10 spacious cabanas are elevated and designed to naturally stay cool, taking advantage of natural ventilation and convection, as well as cooling river breezes. To supplement our ‘natural breeze’ cooling system we have industrial ceiling fans in all cabanas. 
It should also be noted that our running water is supplied by rain water and water from the nearby river.

Complimentary WiFi is available free of charge in guest common areas.
The Internet is made possible by multiple towers beaming the signal to us from town. This connection can be affected by rainy and windy weather, as well as by local anomalies such as power outage in town or the number of people using the system at the same time, so it may be slower or unavailable from time to time.

Please, note that there is little to no cell service available at the lodge.

International Phone Service  is available for an additional fee.
Laundry service is available at BZ$20 per load (wash, dry, and fold), and is sent out to our laundry facility in Cristo Rey Village each day.

Room Options
- Garden View Cabanas (1 Queen bed) - can accommodate up to 2 people
- River Valley View Cabanas (1 King bed + 1 futon ) - can accommodate up to 3 people
- Jungle View Cabanas (1 Queen or King bed + 1 futon + enough room for a 2’ x 6’ camp cot & a 4” foam mattress) - can accommodate up to 5 people (ideally, 2 adults and up to 3 children)
- Rainforest Cabin (1 large bedroom with a king bed + 1 small bedroom with bunk beds) - can accommodate up to 5 people

Garden View Cabanas (“Aracari” & “Kiskadee” Rooms) - can accommodate up to 2 people
The 2 adjoining Garden View Cabañas share a single building and palm-thatched veranda overlooking the tropical flower garden. They are within easy walking distance of the dining room and bar. These rooms each have 1 Queen sized handcrafted four-poster bed made from indigenous My Lady trees, tiled floors, private hot water bath with a large river stone-lined shower and an industrial ceiling fan.

Jungle View Cabanas (“MotMot”, “Oropendola”, & “Great Currasow” Rooms) - can accommodate up to 5 people (ideally, 2 adults and up to 3 children)
Larger and more private than the Garden View Cabañas, the Jungle View Cabañas are spacious, stand-alone rooms offering either a queen-sized or king-sized handmade four poster bed, full sized futon, private thatched roof veranda, and gorgeous views of the surrounding jungle. These rooms all have tiled floors, private hot water river stone-lined showers, 2 industrial ceiling fans and a hammock.

River Valley View Cabana (“Laughing Falcon,” “Little Blue Heron,” “Purple Gallinule”, & “Kingfisher” Rooms) - can accommodate up to 3 people
Our most secluded and spacious rooms, these cabañas are prized for their stunning views of the Macal River Valley. Each room is equipped with industrial ceiling fans and private hot water baths with large river stone-lined showers. They feature a large, palm-thatched veranda, a king-sized four poster bed, 1 full-sized futon, and hardwood floors.

Rainforest Cabin - can accommodate up to 5 people
Formerly the abode of the owners, this 2-bedroom/one-bath cabin features a covered veranda, multiple ceiling fans, and mixture of hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. The master bedroom contains a king-sized bed and panoramic views of the surrounding jungle. The smaller second bedroom is perfect for the kids, with one set of bunk beds. The bedrooms are linked by a half-bath, and there is a second sink basin and separate stone-lined shower room to help as everyone is trying to get ready at the same time.

Room Occupancy
Please, let us know what is your preferred room type at the time of booking. Also, note that we do not take solo travelers at this time.
Up to two children under 18 years of age can stay in the parents’ room free of charge (including the addition of one camp cot). If additional beds are needed to accommodate children of any age or if there are more than 2 children in the room, then an additional fee applies. Cots and additional bedding arrangements must be requested in advance.

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on your last day. Breakfasts and Dinners will be taken at the lodge, while lunches will be provided by the ranch during day rides.

At the lodge, the chefs combine the freshest local products and their skill to serve guests with delicious dishes. The majority of fruit, herbs and vegetables come from our working farm, and our eggs are delivered by our free-range chickens. We use local fishermen and fish farms to provide fresh fish and seafood, and we purchase all meats locally. Whenever available, ingredients used in our gourmet dishes are produced within Belize.
The lodge's farm is currently cultivating Valencia oranges, Key and Tahitian (Persian) limes, several varieties of mango, and coconuts. Additionally, we produce our own avocados, chaya (a local green favored by the Maya), star fruit, sapodilla, grapefruit, craboo, breadfruit, and soursop (guanábana). During different times of the year we also grow a small selection of vegetables and fresh herbs. All of the flowers and plants you see at the lodge are grown on the farm in our very own landscape and flower nursery. We encourage guests to walk around the farm via the main road and to help themselves to any of our tropical fruits. Our only rule is that you must eat what you pick!

Early Breakfast: Packed breakfasts are available for departures prior to 6:45 AM and when ordered at least one day in advance.
Full and Continental Breakfast: Served between 6:30-9:30 AM. Menu changes daily & offers a choice of 4 items.
Snacks & Homemade Desserts: Served all day.
Dinner: Served between 5:30-8:30 PM. Menu changes daily and offers a choice of two starters and two entrées with special selections for specific dietary needs. Private candlelight dinners are also available for a small fee and with advanced notice.

During full day rides, you will be provided with a packed lunch. In case of half-day rides, lunch will be cooked at the ranch's Cantina. 

Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions if notified prior to arrival.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Riding Experience
Riders must be comfortable at a walk, trot, and canter. It is important that riders are capable of strenuous uphill hikes in order to reach the waterfall and caves.

The ride will move slowly up and down any steep, rocky paths and will increase in speed to include canters and maybe gallops once a plateau is reached. Our half day and full day rides include breaks for swimming, caving, and picnic lunches.

We select only the most interesting routes, passing through varied ecosystems, which our knowledgeable guides carefully explain. We will identify traditional uses of plants, visit Maya ruins, and of course enjoy the exhilarating experience of riding through a pristine environment.

We started a breeding program about 10 years ago for American Quarter Horses crossed with regional stock. We currently have 25 horses leaving on a 150 acre ranch. Being well-trained and cared for, the horses have a gentle disposition, are sure-footed, and are conditioned for stamina and endurance. We take care to match the rider with the most suitable horse.

It is important that riders wear riding boots, hiking boots, or tennis shoes (with socks), and long (preferably single-seamed) trousers or jodhpurs.

Please make sure you are covered by travel and medical insurance for unforeseen situations. 


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

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
On the day of 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. The Zoo closes at 3:30 pm. This would need to be arranged with the lodge when making your reservation. 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 verandah. Enjoy your first dinner & cocktails in their open-air fine dining restaurant.   Alternatively, an intimate private candlelight dinner service can be arranged for a fee to be paid at the lodge.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 2 (Sunday): Ride to a 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): 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 6 (Thursday): 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

Notes: 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. There is no refund for any unused portion of this package.

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

Rates and Dates for Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol

Rates include:

Accommodations in Garden View type rooms, All meals, Transfers, 3.5 riding days, GST & Room Tax
Non Riding Activities: Canoeing, Tubing, Hiking & Bird watching.

Packages and Options

10 to 15% recommended.
A gratuity is already included in the package for the riding portion of the trip.
% (Tip paid Locally)

Rates Note:

Possible upgrade to other room categories at extra cost - please inquire

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 10 % (to be paid locally)

Rates Note:

Possible upgrade to other room categories at extra cost - please inquire

Transfer and Other Charges:

2021 Transfer from/to Belize City included
2021 Discount for triple or quad occupancy -- please inquire

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 12/04 - 12/09 6d / 5n 6 day Lodge Ride and Tour, A... 4 /12 Expired
B 2021 12/11 - 12/16 6d / 5n 6 day Lodge Ride and Tour, A... 4 /12 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Alcoholic beverages or any bar or gift shop purchases & Belize departure tax of 39.25 USD (often included in airfare)


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol excursion (IT-BESR02-S):

We suggest travellers whose trip is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to postpone their trip to a later date.

We have implemented safety procedures and have received the Gold Standard Certification. The accommodation used for the trip is a Gold Standard Hotel.

1. Horses will be cleaned and sprayed with EM Livestock properly diluted. Saddles and all tack will be clean and sprayed with disinfectant before saddling horses. Each horse will be placed an appropriate distance apart for guests to be fitted to saddles.
2. Guides will wear masks while helping guests onto their saddles and while adjusting saddles.
3. All guests will receive oral orientation to the ride prior to ride. Orientation will include regular ride safety precautions and all health precautions. Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available in the Cantina and Welcome Center (for orientation) and at the stables.
4. Riders will be instructed to remain at least one horse-length apart at all times.
5. Riders will be instructed to wear masks at any destination where there are other people.
6. At the end of the ride, guests will depart and guides will disinfect, clean, and sanitized all tack and gear. Lunch containers and water bottles will be returned to the Cantina to be disinfected, cleaned, and sanitized.
7. All rides will be exclusive for each group booking together. No guests can be added to a ride unless they are staying at the same hotel and have mutually agreed to combine.

1. The driver will question riders using the supplied template asking if they have any symptoms of illness. The driver will also make sure they have seen the disclaimer informing them of the steps being taken to protect guests and staff, expectation while on tour, contact information for the Program Manager, and procedures for reporting suspected COVID-19 cases or suspected exposure.
2. The driver will check each rider’s temperature using a contactless thermoscan thermometer.
3. If a rider exhibits symptoms or has a temperature of 100 or above, he will be asked to stay behind and the hotel management will be advised.
4. If a guest refuses to wear a mask while mandated by law, he/she will be refused service.
5. Before inviting them to enter the vehicle, driver will provide a brief oral orientation what is to be expected regarding safety and COVID protocols. Driver will provide hand sanitizer for guests to use before entering the vehicle. Vehicles will be fitted with a sneeze-free barrier between driver and passengers. No guests will be allowed in the front seat. Passengers will be advised to wear their mask at all times while in the vehicle.
6. Upon arrival, guests will be seated at least 6 feet apart in the Cantina or Welcome Center. Hand washing stations and restrooms will be pointed out.
7. After orientation, the guests will proceed to the stables to be introduced to their horse and fitted to their saddles and assigned helmets.
8. Vehicles will be disinfected, cleaned thoroughly, and sanitized before and after each use. Masks will be required during the cleaning process. Only approved disinfectants and sanitizers will be used.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Belize City
Airport: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize (BZE)
Transfer: Belize City

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Source: NOAA

Belize has 2 distinct seasons: 
- The rainy season (varies considerably month to month) occurs between June and January with rainfall averages ranging between 60 inches/1,524mm in the north to 160 inches/4,064mm in the south. The rainfall is variable from year to year. The number of rainy days varies considerable from place to place. Many of these rainy days are insignificant though, with early morning showers (called "night rain" by the locals). These "night rains" are caused by cool air moving down from the mountains which cools the air along the cost causing a light rain. Hurricanes may occur between June and November.
- The dry season usually spans from February to May.

The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical and it is cooled by the trade winds from the Caribbean Sea. The humidity while high is seldom oppressive for long and is most noticeable along the coast.
During the winter months (November through mid-March) Belize can experience the influence of cold fronts from the north (bring warm clothing such as fleeces, sweaters, and wind breakers if travelling during that time). In general, the hottest days can be expected during the end of the dry season, from the end of April to May.

Special note - Insects
Although we do our best to keep insects to a minimum, this IS the jungle and insects, as well as other wildlife, are part of our surroundings and help keep nature in balance. Most insects are harmless and merely a nuisance, such as the doctor fly (deer fly), which can leave you itchy but doesn’t carry disease. But there are other bugs, such as scorpions or bees, which can give a painful sting or be a special concern for those guests with allergies.
We recommend wearing insect repellant which contains a small amount of DEET and/or baby oil (baby oil keeps your skin slick so small insects like no-see-ums can’t land on you), checking your shoes and shaking out your clothes and bath linens before putting them on or using them and pulling back your bed linens before climbing in.
Find a staff member to help remove an insect if you are not comfortable doing so, or to treat a bite or sting if necessary.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets


Visa (check with your consulate)


Jeans – single seamed or jophurs

Light boots or ankle high shoes

Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection


Light cotton clothing

Long and short sleeved t-shirts

Long pants


Underwear and socks

Bag for dirty clothes

Light summer jacket

Tennis shoes for camp

Bathing suite



Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit


Camera and enough extra films

Belt pack

Torch with spare batteries (Maglite or similar)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun protection  and lip balm

You will entering a sub-tropical rainforest environment.  It may rain, it may be hot. We will do our best to keep you comfortable, but please come prepared with the following items:
- Hat
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Sunscreen. Use a UV factor 15 or better sun block.
- Insect repellent. Please use care when using the repellent. It is best to spray repellent on while outside.
- Prescription or over-the-counter meds you use regularly
- Extra pair of prescription glasses (if needed)
- Sunglasses
- Binoculars & cameras
- Long pants & shorts
- Swimsuit
- Long and short sleeved shirts
- Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots
- Sandals or flip-flops & water shoes

We recommend to dress lightly, preferably with cotton clothing rather than synthetics.  Casual dress is the order of the day and evening, with shorts acceptable everywhere, and you may need a light jacket during the months of June-August, and November-March, preferably waterproof.
For any explorations on foot, we recommend tennis shoes or hiking boots with a good tread.
On the rides, you must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. 
We also recommend you bring a swimsuit with you on the rides (placed in the saddlebag) as there will be many swimming opportunities. 

We can provide the following items during the rides:
- a poncho, in case of rain
- fresh/pure water for our guests. No need to take water filters/purifiers. 
-  saddle bags. 

It is possible to store passport, extra money and other small valuable items in our safe.