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09Sep

Celebrate September in Belize with Huge Savings

Get great deals with rooms starting at only US$75 per night and cabanas starting at only US$100 per night all September long!

Learn why September in Belize is such an incredible time to visit.

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  • Must stay 3 or more nights
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50% Off Last Minute Belize Jungle Stays!

10Aug
  • Good for last minute stays between 17 August – 9 September, 2019
  • 3-night minimum
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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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5 Most Romantic Things to Do in Belize

03Feb

1. FEED EACH OTHER THE FOOD OF THE GODS

The Mayans believed that chocolate held intense, mystical powers and was associated with the great gods that ruled their culture. And who can blame them? I mean, it’s probably not far from the truth. Chocolate still holds the allure of decadence, romance, and for some serious chocolate lovers a bit of ecstasy. Belize is home to dozens of small cacao farms, where the fruit that is the source of all chocolate is still grown in the traditional organic Mayan way. The best and freshest of all chocolates can be found here at family businesses like Belize Chocolate Company and Ajaw Chocolate, where the chocolate is made by hand with craftsmanship that is still fit for the gods.

2. JUMP INTO A WATERFALL TOGETHER

Is there any image more romantic than you and your favorite person frolicking in a fresh, clear waterfall? How about something a bit more thrilling? A bit more shocking? A bit more adventurous? Don’t just swim in that waterfall together–jump off it hand in hand. Western and southern Belize are peppered with waterfalls off all sizes and intensities. From tiny babbling falls spilling over limestone smoothed by the millennia to gushing behemoths barreling like a freight train into valleys one thousand feet below. And while we wouldn’t recommend taking the plunge off the latter, there are some stunning spots for just this thing throughout Belize. Make the leap at tons of gorgeous locations, like The Showers in Cristo Rey Village (pictured here), or from the big rock at Big Rock Falls. The possibilities for the most exciting type of romance abound!

3. INDULGE IN A PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER

It has long been held that food is the way to a person’s heart. Add private table service, loads of candles and flowers, and a backdrop that makes you feel as if you’re in a screensaver, and you have the perfect recipe for romance. Whether you’re indulging on the coast, cayes, or the jungles of Belize (pictured here at Table Rock Jungle Lodge), a private dinner will make even the hardest-hearted of us swoon.

4. RELAX WITH A COUPLE’S MASSAGE

Not much needs to be said here. I mean, seriously, experiencing the pleasure of a deep tissue massage in the beauty of Belize side-by-side with your love. . . well, it kind of speaks for itself. In-room and spa massage for couples is available at most well-appointed lodges and resorts throughout the  country.

5. SAY “I DO” IN THE RAINFOREST

Destinations weddings continue to grow in popularity, and the romance that surrounds tying the knot in exotic locations such as Belize adds to their allure for both the couple getting married and the family and friends who come to witness their union. With the second largest barrier reef in the world, Mayan temples, and dense jungles, there is a location that is perfect for almost everyone. Whether you plan your wedding through a professional wedding consultant, like Signature Belize Weddings, or the resort you’re staying at, like Table Rock Jungle Lodge, you’re certain to begin your new life together in a setting you will never forget.

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25% Off at Table Rock Jungle Lodge — Big Spring Savings in Belize

31Jan

April & May are dry season in Belize, a great time to enjoy all the outdoor water activities we have to offer. Join us in the jungle for 3 or more nights and get 25% off your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge this spring!

 

The Deal:

  • 25% off regular room rate
  • For stays of 3 or more nights between April 15-May 31, 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
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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
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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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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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