Waterfalls & Water-Based Fun

Horseback Riding

16May

HORSEBACK RIDING

CHOOSE FROM THESE THREE GREAT RIDES:

Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Ruins

The tour begins at Hanna Stables, a family-owned horseback riding establishment where over 45 horses call home. When you arrive, meet your local Belizean guide for the day and then mount your horses to depart. The ride to Xunantunich includes a well-maintained trail through a large private farm and along the banks of the Mopan River in the village of San Jose Succotz.  You will cross the river on a hand-cranked ferry, and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive, prepare to dismount and let your horse rest while you explore Xunantunich by foot for as long as you desire. Afterward, you’ll will ride back to the farm where we will enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Belizean dishes featuring ingredients grown on the San Lorenzo organic farm.

Drive Time from Table Rock:30 minutes on mostly paved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water and your sense of adventure. Helmets will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions:There is a 250 pound weight limit per person. No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Full day tour. It is a 1-hour ride to the ruins, 1 hour of exploration at the ruins, 1-hour lunch, and another 1-hour ride back to the stables.

Combinations:None

Half Day Jungle Horseback Ride

The half day horseback ride is all jungle. You will ride among lush foliage and rainforest habitats to a hidden riverine valley.  There are excellent opportunities for seeing birds and possibly wildlife as the valley is home to howler monkeys, jaguars, puma, ocelot, tapir and more.  There are opportunities to canter in places. This is a great introduction ride for beginners, most of whom have learned to canter by the end of the day.  You will spend about two and a half hours in the saddle.

Drive Time from Table Rock:25 minutes on unpaved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water and your sense of adventure. Helmets will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions: No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Half day tour which includes lunch.

Combinations:None

Full Day Horseback Ride to Waterfalls

The full day horseback trip rides to beautiful Big Rock Falls.  You will receive an orientation before being introduced to your horse and being fitted to your saddle.  The trail passes through rainforest, then transition areas, and up into the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. After about two or two and half hours you arrive at the waterfalls.  Your horses will be tied while you hike down a steep path to the river.  Enjoy your specially prepared lunch and a refreshing leisurely swim before returning to the horses for the ride back the horse ranch. We have seen jaguar and puma tracks on the trail so it’s always a good idea to “keep your eyes peeled.” Your guide will point out features, birds, and will discuss traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees.

Drive Time from Table Rock:25 minutes on unpaved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water, your bathing suit & towel for swimming in the falls, and your sense of adventure. Helmets, water bottles, and saddle bags for your belongings will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions:No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Full day tour

Combinations:None

 

  • All rides include guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, lunch, and entry fees.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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The Pool

01May

THE POOL

"The most amazing swim I've ever had!"
-DP, Orlando

Experience our Jungle Infinity Pool for a swim like you’ve never known before. Surrounded by jungle and tucked into the hillside, Table Rock’s saltwater pool will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.

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JUNGLE INFINITY POOL NOW OPEN!

01May

Don’t miss out on enjoying the bliss that is our new Jungle Infinity Pool. Tucked into the soaring trees of the surrounding jungle and built into the face of a hill overlooking the Macal River Valley, this newest addition to Table Rock doesn’t disappoint. After years of dreaming and six months of intense construction, the pool not only gives our guests a gorgeous view and a fabulous spot to beat the heat, but it also provides more beautiful open-air spaces to relax, unwind, and rediscover themselves.

How did we do it? Well, it all started with building a new road on the property so that we could reach the spot where we knew the pool would be perfect. A couple of weeks and a large excavator later, and voila!–new road. Then we began the slow and painstaking process of working with the natural contours of the land to best fit the pool to the environment. Nobody likes skimming the pool, but we love our trees at Table Rock and we didn’t want to loose the feeling of the surrounding forest, so only a bare minimum of trees were removed during the building.

Then came the addition of bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a great pool deck with loads of seating, a breezy pavilion filled with comfy sofas and ceiling fans overlooking it all, and finally a bridge for access to and from the dining room and bar. All of this and Wifi access to boot! You’ll never want to move from this fabulous new space! Your holiday time with us is limited, though, so be sure to make time to enjoy the pool as well as all our other onsite activities and our amazing guided excursions, too!

 

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Jungle Waterfall Pontoon Adventure

19Mar

Jungle Waterfall Pontoon Adventure

Spend the day boating, swimming, and exploring in the majestic heights of the upper Macal River reservoir on the Jungle Gypsy, a pontoon boat made for a leisurely cruise around this pristine natural area. During this outing you’ll have the chance to learn about the surrounding area from Captain Robert who grew up here and who will teach you about the flora and fauna of the area. Splendor at the beauty of Rio Frio Waterfall, Twin Falls, and the aptly named Sandpaper Falls where you can climb, swim, and explore. Don’t miss out on the rope swing, tubing behind the boat, and the delicious Belizean BBQ lunch prepared right onboard.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour on unpaved road

Adventure Level: Moderate. This adventure can be enjoyed by most fitness levels and ages. Make this adventure more extreme by climbing the falls and jumping off the high rocks and rope swing.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suits are a must for this water-filled day. Be sure to bring along sunscreen, repellent, towel, water shoes, and a change of clothes.

Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are a plus. Not for those with mobility issues.

Duration: Full day tour.

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Guided Canoeing To San Ignacio

23Sep

GUIDED CANOEING TO SAN IGNACIO

Learn about the riverine flora and fauna on the pristine Macal River with this two-hour guided canoe trip from Table Rock to San Ignacio Town. Your naturalist guide will meet you at our canoe landing and paddle you along the river, pointing out such sights as sleeping vampire bats, kingfishers, spiny bamboo, huge green iguanas, and – if you’re lucky – maybe even neotropical river otters. The peace of the Macal River is uninterrupted by power boats or jet skis and it’s unusual to run into many other people on its calm and tranquil waters. Once you get to town, you can either come directly back to the lodge or take a couple of hours to explore downtown San Ignacio on your own. Check out the San Ignacio Market and visit the local array of gift shops, bars, and restaurants and get a feel for local culture in Western Belize. Our driver will pick you up at the rendezvous point in town at the designated time and bring you back to Table Rock.

Drive Time from Table Rock: Departs from Table Rock’s canoe landing. The drive back from San Ignacio takes 15 minutes.

Adventure Level: Easy. Leave the paddling to your naturalist guide — or help out if you’d like.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts and a comfortable shirt with water shoes for getting in and out of the canoe, and comfy shoes for walking around town and the return to Table Rock.  Be sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, drinking water, and spending money for town.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: 2+ hours on the river, and up to 3-4 hours in town (optional)

  • Includes naturalist guide, canoe and equipment, and transportation back to Table Rock
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Big Rock Falls

23Sep

BIG ROCK FALLS

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.  This site can be substituted with Rio On Pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45 minutes on unpaved roads

Adventure Level: Moderate to Strenuous.  The drive is 13 miles on unpaved roads and the hike down to the falls can leave even the fittest traveler’s legs a bit sore the next day.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are recommended for this site

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Combinations: Available only as a full day combo tour with Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Caracol, or Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Please add 12.5% sales tax
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Rio On Pools

23Sep

RIO ON POOLS

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a fairly easy to navigate and well-worn foot path through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 50 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Anyone can view this spectacle of nature and take photos of the site, no matter what your level of fitness. To access the pools and falls for swimming, however, you must either descend many stairs (and then ascend them back up) or take on a short hike via the foot path. Increase your Adventure Level by jumping from boulder to boulder to get to farther pools and falls.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: This site is available only as part one the full day tours listed below.

Combinations: This tour is offered as a full day tour in conjunction with Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge, Xunantunich, Barton Creek, or Chechem Ha.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch as part of the full day tour, and entry fees.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Cave Tubing

23Sep

CAVE TUBING

AT NOHOCH CHE’EN

Grab an inner tube at the nicely appointed entrance park to Nohoch Che’en Cave, cross the clear blue Caves Branch River, and take a lengthy, but mostly flat, hike through the jungle led by your experienced guide, who will point out flora and fauna along the way.

After about 45 minutes, you will set yourself afloat in the river with your inner tube and begin your ride through the cave tunnels and back to the park entrance. Don’t be nervous, you will be provided with a headlamp, and the cave is actually a series of wide and spacious caverns which periodically open up to the sunshine and jungle. Enjoy floating past side windows that filter the jungle light through the mist as you swirl around stalagmites jutting from the river and stalactites looming from above. Float past underground waterfalls then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual center to the ancient Maya. Your guide will stop you along the way, and at times get you out of the water, to show you actual Mayan artifacts which are still intact and able for you to see up close. The entire trip will take about two and a half hours, and is a must for hot weather months.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour on paved highway

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. If you don’t mind the long but relatively easy walk and don’t have a problem carrying an inner tube (the hardest parts of this adventure), then floating in the crystalline waters and taking in the scenery is easy indeed. Some underground hiking is also necessary, and you must be able to swim.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are required for this tour, and children must be at least 40 inches tall.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full day tour by combining the adventure of cave tubing with the Belize Zoo, Xunantunich, or Zip Lining.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

23Sep

BARTON CREEK CAVE CANOEING

Drive through Mennonite farm country, through primary growth jungle, and across a small river, and you’ll find yourself at Barton Creek and its cave. Once there, board a canoe paddled by your guide and stowed with powerful flood lights for your journey into what the Maya considered the center of the world. The water here is slow-moving, cool and fresh as it springs up from underground rivers and through the limestone of this cave system. Be sure you have your camera ready as your guide takes you on this mile-long float of extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites, where the cave is mostly a giant cavern and will leave you feeling like you have been in a cathedral created by nature. Although this is a tour that does not require you to get wet, you can take along a bathing suit and dive into the clear pools for a swim after your tour.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 40 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy. Aside from a bumpy unpaved drive, this adventure is appropriate for all ages and physical ability levels. It does not require any hiking, climbing, or swimming, but does contain an occasional bat and a bit of darkness.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Bring along your bathing suit and a towel if you’d like to go for a swim in the crystal blue waters just outside of the cave after your paddle.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour with Xunantunich, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, or Rio On Pools.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, entry fees, and gear. Does NOT include lunch unless combined with one of the above tours.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

23Sep

MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE RESERVE

Play in waterfalls and frolic in caves during a day spent in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge.  A protected forest reserve of over 100,000 acres, the Mountain Pine Ridge holds some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.  An excursion here will include these three beautiful natural wonders:

Big Rock Falls

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.

Rio On Pools & Falls

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a well-worn foot path (about 150 yards long with a few ups and downs) through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Rio Frio Cave

Rio Frio Cave is by far the most easily accessible of Belize’s river caves. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entryways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room sized boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave’s formations during daylight hours. There is a beach area with a foot bridge for crossing the stream and getting to the other side, which leads to the exit opening. It is a quarter mile through to the other side, another equally impressive opening. (Do bring a flashlight to watch your footing as you walk through to the other end and to explore other caves in the area). Laughing Jaw and several other caves are also located nearby. The trails are marked, and you can explore them on your own or with your guide.

 

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45-60 minutes

Adventure Level: Moderate. Some climbing of uneven stairs is required and stones at the sites can often be slippery. The 13-mile drive to the Reserve is entirely unpaved, so be prepared for lots of bumps.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, hiking/walking shoes, and water shoes. Don’t forget your extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a change of clothes.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness or who have serious balance, joint, or mobility issues. Some modifications to this tour may be able to be made for families with small children—please inquire.

Duration: Full-day tour.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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