nature

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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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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Baboon Sanctuary

24Sep

BABOON SANCTUARY

The Community Baboon Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing is the result of the unique efforts of 220 members in nine local communities who have voluntarily agreed to manage their land in ways that will preserve their beloved baboon (the local term for the black howler monkey). Because of community-based efforts to preserve the creature, there are now more than 2,000 monkeys waiting to be spotted and photographed by curious travelers. The Sanctuary feels remote, but in reality, it is only 13 miles from the international airport.

One of the six species of howler monkeys in the world, the black howlers are the largest monkeys in the Americas, and were in danger of becoming extinct.  In Mexico, the monkeys were being hunted by the locals for food, and their habitat was fast being eliminated with the destruction of the rainforest. Conditions in Guatemala were only slightly better, where the monkeys were hunted by locals in the forests around Tikal. As the forest habitat shrank in the country, so too did the numbers of howler monkeys. In Belize, however, the communities of monkeys were strong and healthy, the forest was intact, and the locals seemed genuinely fond of the noisy creatures. Through the efforts of Zoologist Robert Horwich from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the World Wildlife Fund, and concerned locals, the Community Baboon Sanctuary was established, and the howler monkeys are now making a strong comeback.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1.5 hours, on mostly paved highway, or 40 minutes from the International Airport

Adventure Level: Easy.

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: Half-day tour. This can also be booked as an add-on to a private ground transfer to or from Belize City if you arrive in Belize City no later than 2:00 pm or depart Table Rock at least 4 hours prior to international airline check-in time.

  • Half-day tour includes naturalist guide, entry fee, 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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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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Night Hike

23Sep

NIGHT HIKE

Take a walk on the wild side with a Night Hike. While you’re not likely to see a jaguar or tapir, you never know what you’ll encounter while spending a little over an hour on our hiking trails with your guide and only headlamps to light the way. Tarantulas, kinkajous, night birds, and toads are common, and the night sounds of the jungle are a treat to experience under the inky jungle canopy.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 0 minutes—you don’t leave the property for this guided event

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. It’s not too strenuous, but does involve hiking our trails at night, so the darkness factor adds to the adventure of this excursion.

What to Wear & Bring: Long pants and a comfortable shirt with close-toed hiking or tennis shoes. We’ll provide your headlamp, but you might like to bring along your own secondary flashlight and some water.

*Restrictions: None

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

  • Includes guide and headlamp
  • 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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Guided Birding

23Sep

GUIDED BIRDING

With 587 recorded bird species, Belize is an amazing environment for avian life and has become a hotspot for birders around the world. Keel-billed toucans, Blue Crowned MotMots, and Laughing Falcons are common and abound around Table Rock’s 105 acres. More rare and thrilling to see are Orange Breasted Falcons, Northern Pootoos, and the elusive Lovely Cotinga. Led by some of Belize’s most respected birding guides, you’ll have a choice of birding right on Table Rock’s property or taking an excursion to the ruins of El Pilar for a longer morning of birding.

Drive Time from Table Rock:

  • On-Site Birding: 0 minutes
  • Birding at El Pilar Ruins: 40 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Neither guided bird trip is strenuous, but the El Pilar trip does involve a few miles of difficult unpaved driving.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or long pants and a comfortable shirt with hiking or tennis shoes.  Serious birders are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat are also recommended. Want to get a head start on your birding? Pick up your own copy of Birds of Belize (Corrie Herring Hooks Series).

*Restrictions: None

Duration:

  • On-Site Birding: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Birding at El Pilar: Half-day

 

  • Both excursions include licensed guide. Transportation to and from Table Rock and entrance fees are also included for the El Pilar trip.
  • 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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