Horse Riding in Belize
Cahal Pech Mayan ruins San Ignacio
Rooms bordering the jungle
Breakfast at Table Rock
toucan
The view for the jungle from horseback
Barton Caves stalagtites
Jungle Waterfalls
Mayan Ruins in Belize
jaguar drinking
Ocelot
Local market stall in Belize
Table Rock Swimming Pool
Table Rock Pool Luxury in the jungle
Queen jungle view
Table Rock room

Enjoy diverse scenery and activities on this horseback adventure combining accommodation in an award-winning off-the-grid jungle lodge with horseback riding through the jungle past ancient Mayan ruins, stopping for a picnic and swim at waterfalls, and game viewing en route. The fantastic bird life include toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, orioles, motmots, warblers, parrots, raptors and, with a bit of luck, the rare Keel-billed motmot all being present.  There is horseback riding on 4 days and the pace is dictated by the terrain. There is some trotting and cantering where possible.

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Day 1
On the day of arrival guests will be met outside the arrival zone at the Belize International Airport. The driver will have a sign so riders can identify him. Alternative pickup locations can be arranged and rates may vary. A visit to the Belize Zoo can be added to the arrival or departure transfer (to be pre-booked, zoo closes at 3.30pm).
Depending on arrival time, guests may like to take a dip in the lodge pool, hike on the trails, or try river tubing or canoeing. Enjoy the welcoming dinner & cocktails at an open-air fine dining restaurant. Alternatively, an intimate private candlelight dinner service can be arranged for a fee to be paid at the lodge. Overnight at Table Rock Jungle Lodge (or similar).

Day 2
After breakfast riders are driven to the stables  to meet and prepare the horses for the first full day in the saddle. The hosts provide water, lunch, a small saddle bag, beach towel and poncho. The ride starts through the rainforest to an ancient Mayan cave. Explore and discover interesting formations and evidence of the Mayan culture in the pottery remnants and potsherds that are hundreds of years old. (Please don’t touch them!)
This is followed by a cool dip in the crystal clear river and a delicious picnic lunch. Return to the stables between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. where guests are driven back to the lodge, a 30-minute drive. Freshen up for dinner with the group.

Day 3
On reaching the stables the days' morning ride will take you on a tour of the 150 acre ranch and wildlife sanctuary the stabes are located on. Learn about the off grid system, water and power, visit the ponds to view any wildlife, and ride some of the trails on the property. 

After lunch at the cantina we drive to the Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. Experienced riders who can canter for longer periods can also ride to Barton Creek if wanted. As you make your way down the steep and narrow road to the valley floor, you will be astounded by the size of the fruit trees and tropical florra in the fertile Barton Creek Valley. You will see farmers who use primitive farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills.

Arriving at Mike’s Place, riders paddle a canoe across the creek, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparking stalactite formation river cave. We paddle into the cave for about a mile before returning the way we came. The guide has a spot light and will point out interesting formations, but your own head torch will be useful here too. We enjoy a picnic lunch and a refreshing dip either before or after the cave visit and head back to the stables and on to the lodge for the evening. Full or half day riding as wanted.

Day 4
Today begins with a half-day jungle horseback ride followed by lunch at the stables' cantina and then a vehicle tour to the Mayan Site of Cahal Peche and the town of San Ignacio.
The destination for the half-day ride is a secluded hidden valley where guests can ride along a winding creek and enjoy the exotic tropical vegetation with excellent opportunities for sighting colorful rainforest birds and iridescent butterflies. After lunch, the group will return to the lodge for a chance to shower and change clothes before the tour of Cahal Peche followed by shopping or optional cultural tours in San Ignacio or simply experienceing the ambience of this lovely town situated on the confluence of the Mopan and Macal Rivers which merge into the Belize River here. Return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening. 

Day 5
Today is a full riding day to visit another set of private beautiful waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrains while the guide points out features and explains traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a homemade picnic lunch and a refreshing dip and relaxing break before heading riding back. There is time to do some of the lodge activities later such as Hiking, bridwatching, canoeing or swimming.

Day 6
Day of departure. The time of departure will depend on flight times. The transfer from the lodge to the International Airport or any other location in Belize City by vehicle is included in the price. Contact us for rates to other desired destinations or for an alternate flight from San Ignacio to Belize City (additional fees apply).

Please note: The order of the rides in this package can be changed at your hosts discretion. They will do their best to offer all activities but there will be no refund for services that are unable to perform due to circumstances out of their control, such as weather or other abnormal events. There is no refund for any unused portion of this package.

 

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The condition of the horses is above average and they have good temperaments, sizing from 14.2hh to 17hh. There are some more spirited horses for more experienced riders available. The riding style is English and Western.

The pace of the ride is mainly walks and trots on flat tracks and some hills with canters where terrain and experience allow. On some days there will be a ride in the morning and in the afternoon, or a longer ride in the morning leaving the afternoon free. Other days will involve a full days ride with lunch on the trail.


Rider requirements

This ride is best suited to guests with an adventurous nature. Some riding fitness is required as riding is between 2 - 5 hours per day. There is some difficult terrain although the guides will supervise riders across these areas. Must have a secure seat at a walk and trot. The tour guide will have the final word on if you are allowed to canter or gallop. Riders need to be able to mount and dismount unaided.


Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 230 lb/105 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge is an award-winning family operated off-grid jungle lodge offering cozy cabanas and a range of amenities including a new saltwater infinity pool. Each room offers private bathrooms, ceiling fans, USB charging ports, in-house cell phones, and 24-hour electricity. The fully sustainable eco-lodge is located on 105 acres of nature reserve, and runs a fully operational citrus farm, with a half mile of riverfront along the Macal River.



The lodge and stables are off-grid, which means they rely on solar power. Please do not bring hair-dryers or other high wattage devices. They provide USB outlets to charge your phone. There is little to no cellular service available, but WiFi is offered in common areas.



There is an option to add an extra person in a (suitable) room and up to 2 children under 18 can share with 2 adults for free (accommodation only).

Garden View - 1 Queen bed, 2 units available (it is not possible to add an extra person to this room)

Queen Jungle View - 1 queen bed and 1 futon, 1 unit available

King Jungle View - 1 King  and 1 futon, 2 units available

River Valley View - 1 King and 1 Futon, 4 units available

Rainforest Cabin - 2 bedrooms, 1 King and 1 bunk bed, 1 unit available

See www.tablerockbelize.com for more details on accommodation.



Should this lodge not be available we have alternative lodges which can be arranged and will advise you the costs at the time of booking.



Your hosts offer fresh, home-cooked meals. All vacation packages include three daily meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Traditional Belizean food is served, which usually includes a fresh salad, rice, beans, fried plantains, and a protein (chicken, pork, beef). As much as possible, your hosts serve fresh produce and fruits grown on their own organic farm. Special dietary requirements can be accomdoated with prior notice.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

Departure tax - When leaving by air check if the departure tax has been included in the airfare.


In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belize

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Belize.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/belize

Climate Summary

Belize is a warm country with very marked rain patterns. The months of March, April and May are the hottest months but still very nice to ride and enjoy the rivers along the rides. The rest of the year the weather is a little cooler with some scattered showers but still very enjoyable for riding as it is never cold. Rainy season is usually June to November.

Climate Chart

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Health authorities have classified Belize as having a risk of Zika virus and Dengue transmission.

Belize has also had cases of Chikungunya virus. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Belize and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

Health (ride specific)

Medical facilities in Belize are limited. Serious medical cases are normally evacuated to the United States (at the patient’s expense).

Health authorities have classified Belize as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in Belize and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing.

Electricity

In Belize the supply voltage is 120/220V. If the appliance or its power supply is not dual voltage rated, the single voltage appliance will have to be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly (unless the appliance operates at 120V or 240V).

Mobile, WiFi and charging

Table Rock Jungle Lodge and stables are off-grid, which means they rely on solar power. Please do not bring hair-dryers or other high wattage devices. They provide USB outlets to charge your phone. There is little to no cellular service available at either lodge, but WiFi is offered in common areas at both locations. If you want to bring a GoPro please be advised that you will have to have permission from all other guests and guides that they are willing to be filmed.

Packing List

Riding clothes, including riding boots and riding hat
Long trousers, layering tops with long sleeves.
Rain poncho or raincoat
Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots
Sandals or flip-flops, water shoes
Swimming costume/trunks
Beach towel
Toiletries, including prescription medication
Torch and extra batteries
Insect repellent & sunscreen
Binoculars, camera, chargers
Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
Portable battery bank
Sunscreen
Sunglasses

The ride will provide a water bottle and bag for your necessities while riding, plus a saddle bag for towel, suit, and poncho.

Programmes

This is a 6 day/5 night itinerary with flexible start dates year-round, except for 4 weeks in September - October (please enquire for exact dates).

Departure Dates

2024: Low season 1 July - 31 October
2024: High Season 4 Jan - 26 Mar, 4 Apr - 30 Jun and 1 Nov- 20 Dec
2024: Peak Season Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.

Please enquire for single prices and stays which span 2 seasons.

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp1,845
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp1,919
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp1,989
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,065
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room1,529
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy2,255
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp1,975
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,079
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,155
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,269
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n43rd person sharing room1,529
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy1,529
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,089
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,485
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,585
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,729
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room1,569
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy2,709
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,155
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,239
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,325
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,409
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room1,789
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy2,635
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,305
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,429
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,519
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,649
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n43rd person sharing room1,789
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy1,789
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,439
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,899
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp3,019
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp3,185
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room1,829
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy3,165
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,405
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,499
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,595
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,689
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room1,995
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy2,945
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,575
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp2,709
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp2,809
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp2,955
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n43rd person sharing room1,995
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy1,995
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp2,725
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp3,235
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp3,369
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp3,555
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room2,045
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy3,535
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp25,465
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp26,475
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp27,485
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp28,489
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room21,129
2024 5-Night Low Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy31,145
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp26,559
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp27,955
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp28,999
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp30,495
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n43rd person sharing room20,589
2024 5-Night High Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy20,589
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View double pp28,855
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Queen Jungle View double pp34,259
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4King Jungle View double pp35,669
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4River Valley/Rainforest double pp37,649
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n43rd person sharing a room21,629
2024 5-Night Peak Season6d/5n4Garden View single occupancy37,425
Recommended Reading

We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.



Anthony Benjamin's Travel Guide Explores: Belize - Anthony Benjamin

Belize Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species - James Kavanagh



 



 


Other Activities

There are plenty of activities on offer in the area such as caving, hiking, canoeing, birding and exploring Tikal in Guatemala. All activities can be arranged upon request. Of interest in the area is Caracol Mayan temple, ATM cave, Barton Creek cave, Crystal Cave, zip lining, and much more.

Wildlife

Belize has a very dynamic and rich birdlife, both on the farm and in the general area. There are also motmots, numerous hummingbirds, honeycreepers, flycatchers, owls and birds of prey . It is a common sight to spot Toucans which is the national bird. Iguanas, armadillos, ocelots, marques, and many other small mammals can be seen on night walks. The flora is one of the most diverse in the hemisphere as Belize stands in a very rich tropical climate. The farm is also home to many nocturnal creatures such as the howler monkeys, kinkajous, bats, tapirs, paca, deer and even a few of the elusive big cats of Belize have been spotted from time to time.

Other Information

Non-riders can be accommodated on request. A third person can be added to a room for a very reasonable cost. Babysitting is available onsite.

Other Country Information

Around 12,500 British nationals visit Belize each year.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE)
Transfer:
2024: Included from Philip Goldson International Airport or Belize City
Flight Guide:
London to Belize from £570
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