Horseback Riding Description
The nicest way to see Belize up close is on horseback. You’ll find beaches, jungle, pine forests and a few other types of terrain. Each one of these ecosystems is full of life and usually includes Mayan ruins. The San Ignacio area is predominantly jungle and rolling hills with lots of Mayan ruins. Pacz Tours has quite a few different half day and full day horseback riding tours that explore these areas.
Andy’s horseback Adventure
The adventure which can be both morning or at sunset to get the nocturnal feel, begins from the stables then going through the well known Mayan village of Cristo Reye. Horseback riding through this village, will give you the opportunity to truly experience Mayan lifestyle which is modern yet with a touch of ancient in cooperation. Further out of the village you will be able to get a mountain view of the entire magnificent Cristo Reye Village. The adventure continues with a pristine view of the open savannahs and farmlands. As the jungle trail begins you can get a peek at some of most beautiful wildlife animals Belize has to offer such as the white tail deer, coatimundi, and domestic farm animals just to name a few.
Bird watching will be a part of this superb experience. We will also be identifying some plants that have been very instrumental in the Belizean society for many years and their uses. This nature trail will lead you to an underground spring that formed the most breath-taking water fall in the midst of the jungle. You will be able to take a swim this refreshing water surrounded by pure nature. After the seeing the most splendid water fall ever, we will journey back through the beautiful Cristo Reye Village, then to the stables to complete the destination.
You’ll start this tour by making your way along a riverside trail leading though habitat for birds, green iguanas and other kinds of Belizean wildlife. The trail comes to an end on the banks of the Mopan River in the village of San Jose Succotz, where an ancient hand-operated ferry awaits the those seeking Xunantunich.
The tour of Xunantunich lasts around an hour, after which you will return to you mount and make your way back to San Ignaico.
This full day ride begins with an introduction to your horse and fitting to your saddle. Your ride will take you into the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve where you will see an entire variety of rain forest flora and fauna with a possible howler monkey sighting.
You will be at the waterfalls for a couple of hours where you will enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch and swimming. Your return ride will take you on a different trail to increase your exposure to our vibrantly rich tropical jungle. Some areas of the trail are better suited for walking, and others perfect for an exhilarating canter through the woods.
The San Lorenzo horseback riding tour takes you down the Mopan River, which runs from Guatemala into Belize. This ride will take you through jungle and pasture land. For those interested in birding; Parrots, Kiskadees and Herons inhabit many of the areas that you’ll be riding through.
Halfway through the tour, you’ll get a little break from horseback riding with a stop at one of the unexcavated ruins that speckle the Valley. The San Lorenzo Valley Horseback Riding Tour is perfect for first timers or those with evening plans.
Calla Creek the quintessential Belizean agricultural village. It’s set back in the hills just outside of San Ignacio in a small valley. You’ll be taken through the village, open country side and then cross the Mopan on horseback.
If you are up for it, and have the time, you can make a stop at Clarissa Falls Resort and take a tour of a bamboo furniture workshop. The Calla Creek Horseback Riding Tour is for more experienced riders and those wanting to see county life in Belize.
San Ignacio Tours
Horseback Riding Review
I took four tours with Pacz. The guides and drivers were all great. I particularly liked the online responsiveness of Jamaal in the office whose reassuring responses made me feel very comfortable and he was a great guy to help make arrangements. I did ATM caves, Tikal, Cave tube zip lining and horseback riding over four days. Loved them all."