Mayan Sites

Escape Winter Sale — 25% Off This January & February

06Jan

Need a break from the gloom of winter? Join us in the tropics for 3 or more nights and get 25% off your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge this winter!

 

The Deal:

  • 25% off regular room rate
  • For stays of 3 or more nights between January 9-February 28, 2019
  • Good for all room options and the Shamrock Bluff House
  • Email us at info@tablerockbelize.com or via the contact form below to book or for more details

 

The Fine Print:

  • Must stay for 3 or more nights
  • Not valid for existing reservations, with any other discounts, or with vacation packages
  • Direct bookings only

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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
  • 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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Chaa Creek Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm & Natural History Center with Xunantunich

15May

CHAA CREEK BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY FARM & NATURAL HISTORY CENTER WITH XUNANTUNICH

Start your day with a guided tour of the ancient city-state of Xunantunich. Famous for its hand-cranked ferry crossing and having the second tallest man-made structure in Belize, Xunantunich will bring the noble history of the Mayan civilization to life. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and then head over to the Chaa Creek Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm and Natural History Center. Learn about the entire life cycle of Belize’s most beautiful butterfly and get a chance to interact with them in their enclosure. The Natural History Center takes visitors along a fascinating time line, which begins with prehistoric land formation through to the shifting of the continents. You are able to see the movement of life in Belize through the ages–from Mayan temples in the steaming jungle to modern day traditional healers.

Drive Time from Table Rock:40 minutes

Adventure Level:Easy. Take it up a notch by climbing to the top of El Castillo temple at Xunantunich.

What to Wear & Bring:Shorts or lightweight long pants and shirt with comfy shoes for walking on hiking trails.  It’s also nice to bring along sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and a little drinking water.

*Restrictions:None.

Duration:Full day tour.

  • Includes licensed tour guides, entry fees, lunch, and transportation to and from 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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Yaxhá

23Sep

YAXHÁ

Yaxhá is an amazing “freshly prepped” Mayan site just across the border from Belize in Guatemala. Restoration is newly complete – but still ongoing. The only thing it lacks are crowds! The architecture of this site will astound you. There are several opportunities to climb to the top of a temple and look down on other temples and to see how this city was built adjacent to nearby natural lakes. This park is also a great place to find wildlife, and an even greater place to witness how strangler figs do their magic to take over a space in the forest.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours, on paved highway and unpaved access roads

Adventure Level: Moderate.  This tour starts early and involves loads of walking.  For those who want to take the challenge up a notch, be sure to climb to the tops of the temple ruins.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Valid passport required. If you do not hold a passport from the USA, UK, or Canada, please check Guatemalan visa requirements. Don’t forget your US$20/BZ$40 per person to pay your border crossing fee. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also recommended.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness. Be sure to check the visa requirements to enter Guatemala if you do not hold a valid US, UK, or Canadian passport.

Duration: Full-day tour.

  • May be joined with guests from other establishments
  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Does NOT include border fee of US$20 per person
  • 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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Mayan Cooking Experience

23Sep

MAYAN COOKING EXPERIENCE

Learn how to prepare traditional Mayan foods with this hands-on cooking experience. Toast plantain leaves, hand grind corn and chocolate, and learn the secrets of cooking over the traditional open-flame Mayan fire hearth. During this half-day experience, you’ll learn how to make corn tortillas, tamales, caldo, and the famed Mayan chocolate drink. The best part—you get to eat everything you’ve made, so come hungry and leave with a “belly full!”

Drive Time from Table Rock: 10 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable shoes. You’ll be provided with aprons and head coverings (or bring your own hat) at the site.

*Restrictions: None

Duration: Half-day tour (ending either with lunch or dinner)

Combinations: None

  • Includes transportation to and from the lodge, entry fees, and the meal you prepare
  • 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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Cahal Pech

23Sep

CAHAL PECH

One of the oldest Maya sites in Belize, Cahal Pech (“Place of Ticks”) was once a robust city with a population of 10,000-15,000 people. During its heyday between 1200 B.C – 900 A.D. Cahal Pech was a one of the most important centers in the Belize River Valley Region. Located in the heart of San Ignacio, this is one of the easiest ruins to reach and also one of the most comfortable, with large shady trees providing a nice respite from the Belizean sun.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 20 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy.  The site is nicely shaded and easy to navigate.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour by combining Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and entry fees. Does NOT include lunch unless combined with Xunantunich.
  • 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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Xunantunich

23Sep

XUNANTUNICH

You can ask to work the hand-cranked ferry yourself as your ride across the Mopan River near the village of San Jose Succotz toward the archeological site of Xunantunich (pronounced “shoo-NAN-too-NICH”). Meaning “Stone Maiden” in Maya, this site from the Classic Period is relatively small and very easy to move around.  El Castillo, the massive 120-foot-high main temple, was built on a leveled hilltop and has a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the Mopan River Valley looking across Belize’s Cayo District and into Guatemala.  On the eastern wall of El Castillo is a reproduction of one of the finest Mayan carvings in Belize—a frieze decorated with jaguar heads, human faces, and abstract geometric patterns telling the story of the Moon’s affair with Morning Light.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 25 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy.  This adventure has a short drive via paved highway.  The ruins are built on a flat area and encompass only a small area, so it’s easy to get around the entire site.  To increase the Adventure Level of this trip, try climbing to the top of El Castillo.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour by combining this tour with Cahal Pech, Barton Creek Cave Canoeing, Cave Tubing, Big Rock Falls, Rio On Pools, or Chechem Ha Cave.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and entry fees. 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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Tikal

23Sep

TIKAL

The Mayan ruins at Tikal (“Place of Voices”) in the Petén Department of Guatemala are among the most famous in the world.  Rivaling the ruins of Caracol in Western Belize, Tikal has been extensively excavated and restored, with work having begun here in 1848.  With more than 3,000 structures, 10,000 foundations, and covering six square miles, Tikal is a treasure trove of Mayan culture and history.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours

Adventure Level: Moderate.  This tour starts early and involves loads of walking.  For those who want to take the challenge up a notch, be sure to climb to the tops of the temple ruins.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Valid passport required. If you do not hold a passport from the USA, UK, or Canada, please check Guatemalan visa requirements. Don’t forget your US$20/BZ$40 per person to pay your border crossing fee. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also recommended.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness. Be sure to check the visa requirements to enter Guatemala if you do not hold a valid US, UK, or Canadian passport.

Duration: Full-day tour.

Combinations: Tikal Zipline.

 

  • May be joined with guests from other establishments
  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Does NOT include border fee of US$20 per person
  • 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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Caracol

16Sep

CARACOL

Caracol (Spanish for “snail”) is the most spectacular Mayan site in Belize, as well as one of the most impressive in Central America.  Once home to as many as 200,000 people–more than half of the entire modern-day Belizean population, Caracol was a metropolis with five plazas and thirty-two large structures covering almost one square mile including Belize’s tallest manmade structure, the temple of Ca’ana.  Altogether there are some 35,000 buildings at the site, though only a handful have been fully excavated. Your day will end off with a leisurely stop at either Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls for more breathtaking scenery and a swim. Be sure to have your camera batteries fully charged and a fresh memory card available, as not only the grand Mayan architecture but the surrounding jungle and wildlife will keep you snapping photos all day long.  A must see!

Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours

Adventure Level: Moderately strenuous.  An amazing, but very bumpy two-hour drive on unpaved road takes you through the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Elijio Panti National Park, and the lush broadleaf rainforest of the Chiquibul National Park.  Choose to climb to the tops of the temples to add an even greater adventure level.

What to Wear: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Bring along your bathing suit to change into for swimming after touring the ruins. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended, as well.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness. Rio On Pools is the recommended choice for those with more limited mobility and for children under 5 years of age.

Duration: Full-day tour. Combines with either Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, 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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