Horseback Riding in Belize

horseback riding in belize

Horseback Riding Tours in Belize

One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Belize is on horseback. Far from the bustle of roadways and noisy towns, small trails wandering through pine forests, jungles, and savannahs give horseback riders a way to get up close and personal with the wildlife and flora that make Belize one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet.

San Ignacio, the eco-tourism capital of Belize, is one of the most popular places to begin an exploration of the country on horseback. The region around San Ignacio is a delightful mix of verdant, rolling hills and pristine jungle interspersed with rivers, ancient marvels like Maya ruins, and majestic waterfalls.

Whether it’s the quiet neigh of your horse or the contentment that comes with using a completely “green” and sustainable form of transportation, few experiences can compare to exploring Belize on horseback.

Experiencing Belize on Horseback

Astride a horse is a great way to see Belize in a way that few other visitors will ever get to enjoy. Horseback riding will take you off the beaten path, exploring the gorgeous scenery and beauty of Belize at a natural pace.

One of the most popular ways to enjoy horseback riding in Belize is by exploring the ancient ruins of Xunantunich. Located in the jungle wilderness of western Belize near the border with Guatemala. One of the largest Maya sites ever discovered, Xunantunich has been continuously excavated for more than a century and is still revealing treasures to archeologists. A 2016 excavation discovered the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered deep beneath the central temple that included hieroglyphic panels that have unlocked the history of ancient Maya monarchies that once ruled the region.

When Is the Best Time to Go Horseback Riding

Certainly, horseback riding can be enjoyed whenever the weather permits, but the dry season (November through May) is usually the best time to explore nature on horseback in Belize. By riding in the dry season, you’ll avoid potential problems with flash floods, muddy trails, and slippery conditions.

Best Way to Experience a Horseback Riding Tour

It’s usually best to sign up for an organized horseback riding tour. Having an experienced local guide with you will help improve the experience and ensure that you don’t miss all of the best spots and trails. And, of course, organized tours include horses familiar with navigating the trails and wildlife in the area.

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