Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol

Interior Belize: (IT-BESR01-S)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/belize_mayan_jungle_ride_short.aspx

Introduction
Interior Belize
We offer adventurous tours and cozy accommodations. Enjoy an amazing adventure vacation in the jungles of western Belize. Wake to croaking toucans & calling parrots. Horseback riding or hiking among ancient Maya ruins, hidden caves, exotic birds, remote waterfalls & more will occupy your days. Evenings filled with the sounds of howler monkeys and the scents of night blooming flowers will ease you to sleep. You will remember this enchanting place forever.

Cabanas are comfortable Spanish-style rooms with thatched roof.  Every room has it’s own private bathroom with hot and cold water.  There is no electricity in the rooms but you can charge electronics in the Cantina. Internet service is also available in the Cantina and in some of the rooms.

We will offer you a comprehensive adventure vacation.  From waterfalls and caves to relaxation by beautiful waterfalls.

Accomodation


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

Description
Run in the family for 5 generations and still going strong, we offer a beautiful mixture of expertise guiding and hospitality. We have six deluxe rooms and four bunk rooms. Our thatched roof cabanas are constructed from local hardwoods and adobe stucco made by expert indigenous craftsman in the native style. Each room is decorated with Maya woven tapestries, locally made table & chairs, has a private bath with hot water and a deck overlooking the picturesque valley. There is no electricity in the rooms; kerosene lanterns provide lighting and an exotic ambiance. Mosquito nets are provided, though rarely needed, so you can leave your windows open and enjoy the cool evening breezes. The Cantina is the center of the action. Electricity is available to charge your phones, cameras, computers or anything else you want to plug in. Limited internet service is available for no charge. This is a place to relax and enjoy the view of the mountains and the valley. Laundry is available for $15 per load for wash and dry


Room Options
-2 rooms have one queen
-2 rooms have two queens
-2 rooms are family rooms with two queens and a bunk set
-4 bunk rooms

Room Occupancy
Triple and quad occupancy possible.
The single supplement fee applies if we are unable to find another rider to share.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on your last day. The Cantina is also a general meeting area, bar and restaurant. We serve delicious home style cooking with local entrees; fish, barbeque, pizza, tacos, rice and beans, homemade tortillas, breads, cakes and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables many of which are grown right in the area.  Breakfast and dinner is eaten in the Cantina while lunches are a mixture of packed picnics to be enjoyed on the trail or eaten at the Cantina. Alcohol is not included with meals, but can be purchased at the Cantina.

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

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

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.

Pace
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.

Terrain
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.

Horses
A mixture of quarter horse and regional stock, the horses are owned and maintained 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.

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

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary: Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol excursion- subject to changes

Day 1: Saturday
You will be met outside Belize Customs and Immigration at International Airport by a driver holding a sign with your name and our logo on it.  Times may vary depending on flight plans.  Stop at the Belize Zoo on day of arrival or departure, depending on your schedule. You will arrive at the accommodations after your long day’s journey, relax and decompress to the sounds, smells, and views of our jungle valley before having a lamp-lit dinner with your hosts and retiring to your cabana for the night.

Day 2: Sunday
After breakfast, you will receive an introduction to your horse and orientation for a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrain while your guide points out features and explains traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, relax awhile and then mount the horses for a rejuvenating ride home.  Those going by vehicle can relax awhile longer on the grounds before driving to Barton Creek.  Return to your Cabana to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with your hosts and other guests.

Day 3: Monday
Another full day of horseback riding to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through a village of Siete Millas, or El Progresso, where refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador are living. The trail then passes through a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills. 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 Barton Creek Outpost, you will step into a canoe, and paddle upstream from the opening in the shade of a huge vine covered limestone cliff, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparking stalactite formation river cave. When you return to the mouth of the cave, enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch before returning to your accommodations.

Day 4: Tuesday
This day begins with a in a beautiful half-day horseback ride followed by lunch in the Cantina and then a vehicle tour to visit the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech and do some shopping in San Ignacio. 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. After lunch back at the Cantina, board the vehicle for a drive into San Ignacio to tour the fascinating ruins of Cahal Pech. There are opportunities for shopping and 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 return to your accommodations for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5: Wednesday
A full day of horseback riding, exploring Swallow Cave, lunch and a swim at Butterfly Falls. This ride features exploration of an ancient Mayan cave. Beside the interesting formations, you will see evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds. After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on yet a different gourmet lunch. Continue the adventure on the return trip keeping an eye out for a possible wild-life sighting. Dinner and overnight at your accommodations.

Day 6: Thursday
After breakfast, say goodbye to your hosts and return to Belize City or the Belize International Airport. 

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Sample Itinerary: Mayan Jungle Ride with the Caracol excursion- subject to changes

Day 1: Saturday
You will be met outside Belize Customs and Immigration at International Airport by a driver holding a sign with your name and our logo on it.  Times may vary depending on flight plans.  Stop at the Belize Zoo on day of arrival or departure, depending on your schedule. You will arrive at the accommodations after your long day’s journey, relax and decompress to the sounds, smells, and views of our jungle valley before having a lamp-lit dinner with your hosts and retiring to your cabana for the night.

Day 2: Sunday
After breakfast, you will receive an introduction to your horse and orientation for a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrain while your guide points out features and explains traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, relax awhile and then mount the horses for a rejuvenating ride home.  Those going by vehicle can relax awhile longer on the grounds before driving to Barton Creek.  Return to your Cabana to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with your hosts and other guests.

Day 3: Monday
Another full day of horseback riding to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through a village of Siete Millas, or El Progresso, where refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador are living. The trail then passes through a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills. 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 Barton Creek Outpost, you will step into a canoe, and paddle upstream from the opening in the shade of a huge vine covered limestone cliff, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparking stalactite formation river cave. When you return to the mouth of the cave, enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch before returning to your accommodations.

Day 4: Tuesday
This day begins with a in a beautiful half-day horseback ride followed by lunch in the Cantina and then a vehicle tour to visit the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech and do some shopping in San Ignacio. 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. After lunch back at the Cantina, board the vehicle for a drive into San Ignacio to tour the fascinating ruins of Cahal Pech. There are opportunities for shopping and 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 return to your accommodations for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5: Wednesday
A full day of horseback riding, exploring Swallow Cave, lunch and a swim at Butterfly Falls. This ride features exploration of an ancient Mayan cave. Beside the interesting formations, you will see evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds. After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on yet a different gourmet lunch. Continue the adventure on the return trip keeping an eye out for a possible wild-life sighting. Dinner and overnight at your accommodations.

Day 6: Thursday
Rise a little earlier for a 7:30 AM departure for the magnificent ruins of Caracol in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.  At Caracol, a knowledgeable guide will lead as you explore the site. The ruins are located in a rich jungle setting, teeming with wildlife. Come prepared for hiking and climbing the tallest building in Belize, Ca’ana. Parrots and  monkeys are seen regularly. Depart after lunch and stop along the way in the refreshing Macal River or Rio On. Return to your cabana in time for dinner and conversation.

Day 7: Friday
Half-Day ride or guided hike to the Mayan ruins of Pacbitun, eat lunch atop an ancient Mayan lookout with a view of the upper Belize River valley and the Mayan cities of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich. Riders proceed to a Mayan burial cave and return at 2:00 PM for rest and relaxation or activities of your choice.

Day 8: Saturday
After breakfast, say goodbye to your hosts and return to Belize City stopping at Orange Gift Shop and the Belize Zoo as time allows. The time of departure from the accommodations will be determined according to the flight plans and needs of the entire group.
 


Rates and Dates for Mayan Jungle Ride without Caracol

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, 3.5 riding days 12.5 % GST is included on all activities, meals, & Transfers. 9 % Room Tax is included.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20196 day Lode Ride and Tour, AP (High)$1380
    • Single supplement$200
  • B
    20196 day Lode Ride and Tour, AP (Low)$1265
    • Single supplement$315
Gratuity:
10 to 15% recommended. This can be paid in either US or Belize dollars.
% (Tip paid Locally)

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

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from/to Belize City included at set times (afternoon)
2019 Discount for triple or quad occupancy -- please inquire

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities. Drinks. Belize departure tax of 39.25 USD (often included in airfare), Tikal excursion

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

Climate:
                                                Belize City area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

83

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83

Average Low Temperature (°F)

68

70

72

75

77

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77

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75

72

70

Average High Temperature (°C)

28

29

30

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28

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

21

22

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25

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21

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

12

6

4

4

6

11

14

13

14

15

13

11

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Belize weather features a temperate climate with 2 distinct seasons, the rainy and the dry.  The rainy season occurs between June and November 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 overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. The humidity while high is seldom oppressive for long and is most noticeable along the coast.

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.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)


RIDING GEAR

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


PERSONAL CLOTHING

Light cotton clothing

Long and short sleeved t-shirts

Long pants

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Bag for dirty clothes

Light summer jacket

Tennis shoes for camp

Bathing suite

Bandanna


ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Camera and enough extra films

Belt pack

Torch with spare batteries (Maglite or similar)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun protection  and lip balm


Remember that you are in a subtropical climate so dress lightly. We recommend cotton clothing rather than synthetics. A poncho, in case of rain, will be provided. 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.
Do not forget to bring swimming gear for the rivers and beaches.

Beware of the sun! Use a UV factor 15 or better sun block and a cap or hat and sunglasses. We also recommend that you bring along insect repellent. Please use care when using the repellent. It is best to spray repellent on while outside.

Please do not take food into your room.

Bring a flashlight and additional batteries (there’s no electricity).
  • We provide fresh/pure water for our guests. No need to take water filters/purifiers.
  • We can provide saddle bags.
  • No charge to store passport, extra money in our safe.
  • We can put a few small items in our refrigerator for you. (food bars, snacks) no charge.