Caves

Horseback Riding Packages

01Jul

5-NIGHT & 7-NIGHT JUNGLE HORSEBACK

Adventure Packages

5-NIGHT HORSEBACK RIDING PACKAGE

Day 1

We will pick you up at the International Airport in Belize City. A stop at the Belize Zoo can be added to your arrival or departure transfer depending on arrival time if arranged in advance and for an additional fee.  After a scenic two-hour drive across Belize, you will arrive at Table Rock after your long days journey, relax and decompress to the sounds, smells, and views of our jungle valley before having an open-air dinner and then retiring to your cabana for the night.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast, you will be picked up for a rustic 30-minute drive through neighboring villages to our horseback outfitter, Mountain Equestrian Trails (MET). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. MET will provide water, lunch, a small saddle bag, beach towel and poncho.  After an introduction to your horse and orientation, you’ll head out for a full day of riding. You will ride through the rainforest to an ancient Mayan cave.  Explore and discover interesting formations and evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds that are hundreds of years old.  (Please don’t touch them!) After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on a gourmet picnic lunch.  Return to MET between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. After a refreshing beverage, you will be driven back to Table Rock to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with other guests.

5-Night Jungle Horseback Package

US$1,599 per person & up*

Includes:

  • 5 Nights’  Accommodation
  • 3 1/2 Days of Horseback Riding, plus a half-day non-horseback tour of Cahal Pech archaeological site and San Ignacio Town
  • All Meals, starting with dinner and ending with breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi in Common Areas
  • Self-Guided Canoeing, Tubing, Hiking, Birdwatching, and River Swimming
  • Round-trip Ground Transfers to and from Belize City 
  • Taxes and Service Charges for the above

*The starting price listed above is for a Garden View Room at the Low Season rate

Day 3

This is another full day of horseback riding, this time to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through the village of El Progresso where refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador are living. The trail then passes through a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills. As you make your way down the steep narrow road to the valley floor, you will be astounded by the size of fruit trees and tropical flora in the fertile Barton Creek valley. Arriving at Mike’s Place, you will step into a canoe, and paddle upstream in the shade of a huge vine covered limestone cliff, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparkling river cave. When you return to the mouth of the cave, enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch before returning to MET. Your day ends with another fabulous dinner at Table Rock’s palm-thatched dining room.

Day 4

This day begins with a beautiful half-day horseback ride followed by lunch in the MET Cantina. From there you’ll hop in a vehicle to visit the Maya ruins and do some shopping in San Ignacio. The destination for the half-day ride is a secluded hidden valley where you will ride along a winding creek and enjoy the exotic tropical vegetation and excellent opportunities for sighting colorful rainforest birds and iridescent butterflies. After lunch, you will return to Table Rock for a chance to shower and change clothes. Your MET guide will then accompany you on a tour to a Mayan site followed by shopping, or optional cultural tours in San Ignacio, or simply experiencing the ambiance of the lovely town of San Ignacio at the confluence of the Mopan and Macal Rivers where they merge into the Belize River. You will return to Table Rock for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5

Today is a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrain while your guide points out features and explains traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, relax awhile and then mount the horses for a rejuvenating ride home. Return to Table Rock for a final dinner and overnight in the jungle. On Day 6 we will drive you back to Belize City where you can catch your flight or water taxi to your next destination.

7-Night Jungle Horseback Package

US$2,141 per person & up*

Includes:

  • 7 Nights’  Accommodation
  • 4 1/2 Days of Trail Riding at Mountain Equestrian Trails
  •  1 Full-Day Guided Excursion to the Mayan Ruins at Caracol and Swimming at Rio On Pools
  • 1 Half-Day Guided Excursion to Cahal Pech Ruins & San Ignacio Town
  • All Meals, starting with dinner and ending with breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi in Common Areas
  • Self-Guided Canoeing, Tubing, Hiking, Birdwatching, and River Swimming
  • Round-trip Ground Transfers to and from Belize City
  • Taxes and Service Charges for the above

*Price above is based on a Garden View Room at the Low Season rate.

7-NIGHT HORSEBACK RIDING PACKAGE

Day 1

You will be met outside at the Philip Goldson International Airport by a driver holding a sign with your name and our logo on it.   You will arrive at Table Rock  after your long day’s journey, relax and decompress to the sounds, smells, and views of the jungle valley before enjoying a fine dinner and retiring to your cabana for the night.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will be transferred via unpaved roads to our horseback outfitter, Mountain Equestrian Trails (MET). After the 20-minute drive, you will receive an introduction to your horse and orientation for a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrain, and your guide will point out features and explain traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, relax awhile, and then mount the horses for a rejuvenating ride back to the stables.  Once back at Table Rock, you’ll return to your cabana to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with other guests.

Day 3

Another full day of horseback riding, this time to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through the quaint village of 7 Miles, or El Progresso, where refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador are living. The trail then passes through a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills. As you make your way down the steep narrow road to the valley floor, you will be astounded by the size of fruit trees and tropical flora in the fertile Barton Creek valley. Arriving at Barton Creek Outpost, you will board a canoe, and paddle upstream from the opening in the shade of a huge vine covered limestone cliff, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparkling river cave. When you return to the mouth of the cave, enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch before returning to MET and then back to Table Rock for the night.

Day 4

This day begins with a beautiful half-day horseback ride from MET followed by lunch at their cantina, and then a vehicle tour to visit the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech and to do some shopping in San Ignacio. The destination for the half-day ride is a secluded hidden valley where you will ride along a winding creek and enjoy the exotic tropical vegetation and excellent opportunities for sighting colorful rainforest birds and iridescent butterflies. After lunch, you’ll board the vehicle for a drive into San Ignacio to tour the beautiful ruins of Cahal Pech. There are opportunities for shopping and for experiencing the ambience of the lovely town of San Ignacio at the confluence of the Mopan and Macal Rivers where they merge into the Belize River. You will return to Table Rock for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5

A full day of horseback riding beginning at MET, exploring Swallow Cave, lunch and a swim at Butterfly Falls. This ride features exploration of an ancient Mayan cave. Beside the interesting formations, you will see evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds. After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on yet a different gourmet lunch. Continue the adventure on the return trip keeping an eye out for a possible wildlife sighting. Dinner and overnight at back at Table Rock.

Day 6

Rise a little earlier for a 7:30 AM vehicle departure for the magnificent ruins of Caracol in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.  At Caracol, a knowledgeable guide will lead as you explore the site. The ruins are located in a rich jungle setting, teeming with wildlife. Come prepared for hiking and climbing the tallest building in Belize, Ca’ana. Parrots and  monkeys are seen regularly. This is the largest Maya site in Belize, housing maybe 15,000 with another hundred thousand or more living in the ‘suburbs’ along the causeways. You will visit the central core of the city–the entire site is about 75 square miles. Be sure to climb Ca’ana, Belize’s largest building at 141 feet high, for a spectacular view.  Depart after lunch and stop along the way for a swim in the refreshing Rio On Pool in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Return to Table Rock in time for dinner and conversation.

Day 7

Afterward, you will proceed along beautiful jungle trails to a protected river valley for a swim.  Return to the Cantina for lunch, then rest and relaxation or activities of your choice. Enjoy your final night’s dinner in Table Rock’s open-air dining room. On Day 8 you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before we drive you back to Belize City for your flight or water taxi journey on to your next destination,

PLEASE NOTE: Beverages, gratuities to tour guides and drivers, and other lodge services are NOT included in this package price. Additional fees apply for ground transfers to destinations other than Belize City. Prices based on double occupancy.

The order of the rides in this package can be changed at MET’s discretion.  We will do our best to offer all activities but there will be no refund for services we are unable to perform due to circumstances out of our control, such as weather or other abnormal events. There is no refund for any unused portion of this package.

Package rates include domestic transfers between International Airport (PGIA) or Belize City and MET.  Tell us in advance if you have another designation in mind or if you need to be picked up somewhere else.  Also included are all meals beginning with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day, entrance fees and service charges for the staff.  Please feel free to tip any staff member you feel merits your gift.

Not included are alcoholic beverages or any bar or gift shop purchases.  Not included is the departure tax of approximately US $40 which may be included on your flight fare or you may have to pay at the counter at the airport.

What to expect: You will entering a sub-tropical rainforest environment.  It may rain, it may be hot.   We will do our best to keep you comfortable, but please come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that you need.  You must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots on these rides.  You can change into a swimsuit before swimming at each destination.  We do not recommend you ride in a wet swimsuit.

Riding at MET is at your own risk.  They have an excellent safety record but cannot guarantee against accidents.  Please make sure you are covered by travel and medical insurance for unforeseen situations.  We will ask you to sign a liability waiver at both Table Rock and MET in advance.  We ask you not to bring any valuables on horseback.  Neither MET or Table Rock will not be responsible for items lost while riding or traveling in Belize.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge and MET are off-grid, which means they rely on solar power.  Please do not bring hair-dryers or other high wattage devices.  They provide USB outlets to charge your phone.  There is little to no cellular service available at either lodge, but WiFi is offered in common areas at both locations.

Payment of 50% of the package rate is required to confirm your reservation. The balance of the package price will be charge 45 days prior to arrival. If something comes up and you need to cancel all or part of your reservation, and the cancellation is 45 days or more from your arrival date, you will be refunded all but a US$50.00 administration fee per room. Cancellations made after this are non-refundable. No shows and cancellations for circumstances out of the hotel’s control (i.e., cancelled flights, weather, etc.) cannot be refunded. For this reason, we STRONGLY encourage the purchase of travel insurance. Know that all charges will be made in Belize Dollars at the prevailing exchange rate, which is currently 2 BZD: 1 USD.  Your bank or credit card company may apply fees for facilitating a foreign transaction.

 

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Rooms Starting at $90 Last Minute July Stays

15Jun

Big Savings on Travel in Belize this July!

Deal Details:

  • 40% OFF Room Rates
  • Must stay between July 1-15, 2019
  • 3-night minimum
  • Not valid with any other discounts, packages, or for existing reservations.
  • To book, email us at info@tablerockbelize.com
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Crystal Cave

23Sep

CRYSTAL CAVE

Experience one of the most extreme of all Belize’s cave adventures! Not for the faint of heart, the Crystal Cave at St. Herman’s, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, will challenge your physical fitness and your spirit of adventure. After a drive to the Blue Hole National Park, the Crystal Cave Tour starts with a 50-minute hike through lush rainforest and partially steep terrain which is considered challenging by most. Then you will descend by ropes for a 15-foot drop into the mouth of the mammoth Crystal Cave where you will enter what the ancient Mayas believed to be the domain of their gods – the underworld of Xibalba!

Your expedition will take you through narrow passages to magnificent cathedral-like caverns as you pick your way along rock faces and slide down mud ramps to view shimmering stalactites & stalagmites, massive crystal formations, ancient ceremonial fire pits, charcoal and ash, pottery, relics, wall carvings, and actual skeletal remains of Mayan sacrificial victims. Fighting the spirits of an ancient civilization, you will walk in the footsteps of the Mayan shamans of hundreds of years ago as you explore this challenging but stunning wonderland of the underworld. After your adventure in the Crystal Cave you will hike back to the park facilities where you have the option of taking a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the inland Blue Hole.

Note that you must be relatively fit and prepared for a long hike and strenuous activities to do this tour.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1.25 hours

Adventure Level: EXTREME. This adventure is not for those with any level of claustrophobia and all participants must be in relatively fit condition.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable lightweight long pants and shirt that allow for movement and can get wet. Well-treaded sneakers or hiking shoes—NO sandals or TEEVA-type shoes. Don’t forget your insect repellant and some extra water!

*Restrictions: This tour is for relatively fit extreme adventurers only and who are a mature 10 years of age or older. Sandals and TEEVA or Chocos-type shoes are not allowed for safety reasons.

Duration: Full-day tour

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, equipment, and entrance 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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Black Hole Drop

23Sep

BLACK HOLE DROP

The “Mother of all Caves” … Actun Loch Tunich! Near the Blue Hole National Park, this expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sinkhole sits over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sinkhole basin. Fully trained caving guides then rig a system of rappelling ropes for your descent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provide the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provide an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, and the last 100 feet provide awe as you move down through the rainforest canopy. But before you start it all, you might just throw up! The sinkhole is not actually black, but you can’t see the bottom from where you start. Once you’re at the bottom, the question is… How do we get you out???

This expedition is for extreme adventure seekers only and all participants must be relatively fit.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1.25 hours

Adventure Level: EXTREME. This adventure is not for the faint of heart and all participants must be relatively fit. It begins with a 90-minute vigorous, steep, uphill climb . . . and that’s just the beginning.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable lightweight long pants and shirt that allow for movement and can get wet. Well-treaded sneakers or hiking shoes—NO sandals or TEEVA-type shoes. Don’t forget your insect repellant!

*Restrictions: This tour is for relatively fit extreme adventurers only and for those who are a mature 10 years of age or older. Sandals and TEEVA or Chocos type shoes are not allowed for safety reasons.

Duration: Full-day tour.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, repelling and safety equipment, and entrance 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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Chechem Ha Cave

23Sep

CHECHEM HA CAVE

Located beyond the towns of Cayo and high into the lush primary growth jungle of the Vaca Plateau is Chechem Ha Cave (“Cave of the Poisonwood Tree”).  Discovered by the local land owners and their hunting dog a number of years ago, this cave is a sacred Maya burial site containing artifacts that date back two millennia.  A variety of ancient pots and a carved stela used for ceremonial purposes can be viewed up close, and visitors are surprised by the final chamber of the cave which opens into a cathedral-like cavern where Mayan ceremonies were once held.  This cave rivals ATM, but without the water element, and is typically used as a substitute for ATM when it is closed.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour

Adventure Level: Strenuous.  To examine some of the pottery you’ll have to climb ladders and hold onto ropes, and getting to the cave entrance requires a scenic, yet mildly challenging, 35-minute hike through the jungle.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking or hiking shoes. You should also bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Adventurers must be in at least moderate physical condition to enjoy this excursion

Duration: Half-day tour

Combinations: Make this adventure a full day by combining it with 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
  • 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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ATM Cave

22Sep

ATM CAVE

Actun Tunichil Muknal, better known as ATM, is the acclaimed “Cave of the Crystal Maiden.” This site has been extensively documented by National Geographic and is quickly becoming one of Belize’s must-do adventures.  This one-of-a-kind experience is for fit and active people who do not mind getting wet, moving through dark spaces, and who can tread lightly!  After the initial 45-minute hike to the entrance with three river crossings and a swim into the cave’s innards, you will wade through knee- to shoulder-deep water for close to an hour before being asked to remove your water shoes to enter the dry cathedral-like upper chambers of the cave.  The rooms are littered with delicate Mayan pottery and the crystallized remains of fourteen humans.  There are no walkways, rails, glass, or other partitions separating you from the artifacts, nor is there any installed lighting.  Just you, your guide, a helmet, and a headlamp. An unparalleled experience!

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour

Adventure Level: Strenuous.  This is only for those who are moderately fit and not afraid of water, darkness, or the occasional tight space. It’s a bit of a hike to get there and tricky climbing in some spots, but a must-see if you’re up for it.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and a t-shirt, close-toed water shoes or tennis shoes, and an extra pair of socks for walking in the dry potion of the cave. Insect repellent is recommended, and be sure to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the ride home. No flip flops, open-toed shoes, men’s speedos, women’s bikini bottoms without shorts, or exposed midriffs.

*Restrictions: Moderate fitness level, close-toed water shoes, and extra socks required. Minimum height 40 inches. Swimming ability is a plus, but not required. Cameras are prohibited.

Duration: Full-day tour

 

  • May be joined with guests from other establishments
  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, entrance fees, and equipment
  • Minimum two persons (see above Restrictions)
  • 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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