Enjoy Horseback Riding in Belize at our Macal River Jungle Camp
The miles of well-maintained trails running throughout the 400-acre private nature reserve that surrounds the Macal River Camp are perfect for guided nature walks, bird watching and just strolling, but one of our all time favourite activities is…
Horseback riding in Belize!
There’s nothing quite like riding a well-behaved horse through the forest. It’s the right pace and height from which to survey the surrounding jungle and catch glimpses of the many species of birds and wildlife that call the forest home.
Quiet and easygoing, horses blend right in, don’t disturb the wildlife, and allow you to hear naturalist guides as they point out the many natural features and explain the fascinating cultural history of the Chaa Creek area. Some 70 ancient Maya archaeological sites, including the quaint temple of Tunchilen, have been identified here.
Photographers tell us they’ve got their best shots from horseback, so make sure to tell your guide if you’re on a mission to capture that perfect image; they’ll keep an eye out and halt the ride when an opportunity presents itself.
With one of the best herds in all of Belize, you’re certain to find the perfect mount – whether it’s your first ride or you’re an experienced equestrian. Our guides and wranglers have an intimate knowledge of all our horses and are great at matching riders and mounts. Regardless of your age, experience or level of fitness, they’ll make sure you have an enjoyable ride.
Chaa Creek offers two regularly scheduled horseback tours daily, and longer or more specialized excursions can be arranged. Just ask Camp Supervisor Docio, or any staff member and we’ll get you saddled up.
We’re sure you’ll agree that riding through jungle trails, just as people have done for centuries, with the steady clump of hooves and creak of leather, Horseback Riding in Belize is an experience not to be missed.
Departures: Daily tours leave at 9:00 am and 1:30pm
Habitat: Sub tropical broadleaf forests and open meadows
Terrain: Moderately rolling forest, covered foothills with some steep inclines
Distance: 4 to 5 miles
Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Equipment: Western Saddles with riding helmets
What to bring along: Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant and camera.
Dress: Long pants and sturdy protective footwear - Long sleeve shirts recommended