Horseback Riding Tours
For visitors of all levels of horseback riding experience, Hanna Stables offers trail rides on horseback. Below are some of our most popular horseback rides. Choose from a short and leisurely tour of the scenic San Lorenzo Farm, or a longer all-day ride to the popular Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. No previous horseback riding experience is necessary! We are located on Mile 70 on the Western Highway, just 6 miles west of San Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize Central America.
For online payments and bookings, please make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to allow us time to process your request. For last minute bookings, please call Santiago at +501 661-1536. Scroll down for links to book tours online.
Transportation and Lunch
Lunch and transportation from within San Ignacio are included in the price. If you require a pickup from Belize City or a city outside of San Ignacio, an additional fee will be added. When you make your reservation, indicate in the message field where you need to be picked up from. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them in your reservation as well.
We strongly recommend that all of our riders come wearing outdoor clothing, particularly long pants to avoid chafing. Covered shoes and/or boots are recommended, as well as sunscreen, bug spray, and a bottle of water. Although not required, we have riding helmets for those who prefer to wear them.
For those looking to take a leisurely horseback ride, here are a few shorter trips including a tour of San Lorenzo, ride to Xunantunich, and ride to Actun Kan. Click here to find out more details about short horseback riding trips. No previous horseback riding experience is required, however, horseback riding experience is strongly recommended as these trips will require prolonged periods of time sitting in a saddle in a jungle environment. No previous horseback riding experience is required! Please note that prices and availability vary according to the ride.
For more experienced riders, we offer longer all day and overnight horseback riding trips. Destinations include the Mayan ruins of El Pilar, Caracol, and Cahal Pech, as well as a trip to the jungle lodge of Martz Farm. Click here to find out more details about long and overnight horseback riding trips. however, horseback riding experience is strongly recommended as these trips will require prolonged periods of time sitting in a saddle in a jungle environment. Please note that prices and availability vary according to the ride.
SAN LORENZO – Short Trip
Duration: 2-3 hours | Difficulty: Easy | Price: $42 USD per adult and $32 USD per child under 12 years old
San Lorenzo Farm is an organic ecofarm in Belize, encompassing 400 acres of pasture land and forested areas. The horseback riding tour is leisurely, short, and highly educational, perfect for families and beginning riders. Beginning at Hanna Stables, the tour winds through the lands of San Lorenzo farm and continues through a jungle trail, which follows the Mopan River for one hour, where once again you will re-enter wide open pastures. Along the way you are likely to encounter a variety of different bird species, orchids as well as experiencing the sights and smells of the tropical rain forest. Included along one of the trails is a stop at one of many unexcavated Mayan Ruins scattered throughout the valley. The San Lorenzo ride has a duration of 2 ½ to 3 hours. It can be extended depending on the request of the riders.
XUNANTUNICH Mayan Ruins - Short Trip
Duration: 6 hours | Difficulty: Easy | Price: $62 USD per adult and $42 USD per child under 12 years old
Xunantunich is an Ancient Mayan archaeological site in western Belize. It is one of the most popular Mayan ruins in the San Ignacio area. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, well within sight of the Guatemala. It served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its’ peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize. Today, the ruins are still largely intact and visitors may climb to the very top for excellent panoramic views. The ride to Xunantunich is pleasant and scenic, including the crossing of the Mopan river by a hand-churned ferry. where you will cross the river by ferry. Just a little further on are the well known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Also, if it’s a lucky day, you will be able to experience an up close encounter with howler monkeys.
The Xunantunich ride has a duration 1 ½ hours of riding to the site and approximately 2 hours hiking of the site, and an additional 2 hours ride back. This is a half day to a full day ride depending on the request of the guest. Lunch stops can be included to a feast of local dishes in a pristine setting along the river. Please indicate in the booking form if you would like lunch included.
ACTUN KAN Mayan Ruins – Short Trip
Duration: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy | Price: $62 USD per adult and $42 USD per child under 12 years old
Actun Kan is an unexcavated Mayan city. At this city you can appreciate how nature reclaims its own, as the entire city is under grass land and wooded areas. The great mounds are a sign of what was once a great thriving city. When you climb up to the main temple; you can appreciate the valley bellow and the breath taking canopy of a tropical jungle. Also, if it’s a lucky day and they’re feeling sociable; you will be able to experience an up close encounter with howler monkeys. Fording the river on horseback is a thrill for all as you get to feel the power of horse and water all in one.
CAHAL PECH Mayan Ruins – Long Trip
Cahal Pech | Duration: 6 hours | Difficulty: Previous Riding Experience Recommended | Price: $62 USD per adult and $42 USD per child under 12 years old
Cahal Pech is a Mayan ruins site that was a hilltop palacio home for an elite Maya family. It is one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. The site rests high near the banks of the Macal River and consists of a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height, situated around a central acropolis. The site was abandoned in the 9th century CE for unknown reasons. Other vicinity Mayan sites include Chaa Creek, and Xunantunich.
EL PILAR Mayan Ruins – Long Trip
Duration: 8 hours | Difficulty: Previous Riding Experience Recommended | Price: Price: $82 USD per adult and $62 USD per child under 12 years old
El Pilar is an ancient Maya city center located on the Belize-Guatemala border. It is the largest site in the Belize River area with over 25 plazas, hundreds of other buildings, covering about 120 acres. Currently, the site is largely not excavated for conservation purposes most monuments are not exposed. El Pilar has been under threat by looters and was placed on the World Monument Fund’s 1996 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World. The reserve is open to the public and has a series of trails providing access throughout the site. There is an active initiative to make El Pilar of Belize and Guatemala the first archaeological peace park in the world.
CARACOL Mayan Ruins – Long Trip
Duration: 8 hours | Difficulty: Previous Riding Experience Recommended | Price: $200USD
Caracol is a large ancient Maya archaeological site located approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Long thought to be a tertiary center, Caracol is now recognized as one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. During its peak time, Caracol covered approximately 200 square kilometers,an area much larger than present-day Belize City; Caracol also supported more than twice the modern city’s population. We invite you to take a longer, all-day horseback ride to visit Caracol, where you can climb on the site’s high pyramids and enjoy the majestic surroundings.
MARTZ FARM – Overnight Trip
Duration: 6 hours plus overnight stay | Difficulty: Previous Riding Experience Recommended | Price: $255 per person, all-inclusive
Martz Farm is an organic farm located inland in the jungle. It is a retreat with cabanas and treehouses for accommodations. The farm is family-run by Joe Martinez and his wife Miriam. A working farm, Martz Farm offers serene horseback rides through jungle trails with supreme vistas, or a leisurely boat ride on the Mopan river below. Home-cooked meals are provided daily, and the accommodations, although rustic and lacking electricity, include hot water. This horseback ride to Martz Farm requires a full day of riding, and will include an overnight stay at Martz Farm. Please budget at least 2 full days to complete this trip.Book Martz Farm Ride