If you are seeking a vacation in a nearby foreign country with a good winter climate, horseback riding in Belize may be the answer for you.  Its glorious beaches are well known, but the hill country in the interior offers hidden treasures.  English speaking Belize is only a two hour flight from the southern United States and yet it is like entering a world as different as Africa. It is the home of rare and beautiful birds, gorgeous wild orchids and huge butterflies.  There are many interesting caves and you will have a chance to ride to one formed by an underground river which flows through it.  In other caves you will find Mayan pottery chards among the bizarre shapes of stalagmites and stalactites.  Your experienced guides are well informed about local history, flora and fauna and will take you on jungle trails riding Quarter Horse crosses well adapted to the terrain.  There are open areas with good footing for occasional canters and lovely, secluded waterfalls which create ideal pools for you to take a swim and have a picnic.  The ride is moderately paced and does not require great equestrian skill.   Many other activities for non-riders are available like bird watching, cave exploring, rappelling and visiting Mayan ruins.

It is not just the natural beauty of the land which makes this ride so special; it is also the ubiquitous traces of Mayan civilization which you will see during the course of your ride.  What is now Belize was part of the great Mayan Empire which covered a wide area in Central America from about 2,000 BC until almost the time of Columbus.  Their civilization collapsed before the arrival of Spaniards for mysterious reasons disputed by scholars.  They had built a highly developed society with impressive architecture featuring towering step pyramids and they devised the only known system of writing in the Americas in pre-Columbian times.  They left no Rosetta Stone so deciphering their script was extremely difficult and only achieved in recent times.  One must marvel at their engineering feats in moving huge stone slabs with no modern equipment.

You have the option to extend your vacation by two additional days to include a tour to the Mayan ruins Caracol in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, and other famous sites after your horseback riding trip in Belize is completed.

  Peak Season

January, February, June, July , August, September, October, November, December

  Quiet Season

March, April, May

  Timezone in Belize

Central Standard Time (GMT-6)

  International Airports

Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City (BZE)

Climate in Belize

A tropical climate prevails with warm temperatures and occasional rains. Relative humidity averages 70% but the sun normally shines over 300 days a year.

  • February: Normally ideal weather with moderate temperatures (tending toward dry season). Days in mid 70’s, nights in low 60’s.
  • March-May: Warmest months of the year, with very little rain (considered the dry season). Days in high 80’s, nights in low 70’s.
  • June-September: Temperate months with occasional rain showers. Days in mid 80’s, nights in high 60’s
  • October-January Variable with both rain and sunshine. Days in mid 70’s, nights in low 60’s.

  Average Temperature

90 °F » 60 °F


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Mayan Jungle Ride- enjoy tropical paradise while horseback riding in Belize

Mayan Jungle Ride

The diversity of scenery and activities on this ride in a tropical paradise makes it a wonderfully relaxing holiday. You will pass un-excavated and partially excavated archaeological sites and see ancient pottery shards in ceremonial caves. Lunch most days will be taken beside secluded... Read more

Mayan Jungle and Tikal- horseback riding in Belize

Mayan Jungle and Caracol Ride

For many people, the regular 6-day Mayan Jungle Ride is not enough. With this itinerary, you have the option to stay for additional two days to explore Caracol, the inspiring Mayan ruins in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. During your five days of this horseback... Read more

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Riding out from the dense canopy into the open valley of the Vega in Belize, wild parrots chattering in the trees, loose horses grazing in the grass that covered their knees – cantering through there was just magnificent - made me feel glad to be alive and privileged to be on horseback.

Deborah Ann Hu

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