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San Ignacio, Belize
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Journey to the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich atop a trusty steed on a half-day horseback riding adventure from San Ignacio. Ride along the Mopan River and through a private organic farm for a unique way to reach the fascinating archaeological site, where you can explore the remains of royal palaces and one of Belize’s largest ceremonial temples with a guide. A typical Belizean lunch caps off the morning tour.
  • Half-day horseback ride to Xunantunich ruins from San Ignacio
  • Unique and adventurous way to reach one of Belize's most impressive archaeological sites
  • Ride through a traditional village and a private organic farm
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins on foot with a guide
  • Includes a typical Belizean lunch at a local restaurant
  • No horseback riding experience required
  • Tour can accommodate groups of up to 15 people
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Round-trip transfers between stables and San Ignacio town
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Mayawalk Tours , 19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

Tours depart from our main office in Downtown San Ignacio Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 1 minute before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Pick ups from all locations in Belize can be arranged. There may be an additional charge so please contact us if pick up is needed. Free pick up is available if your hotel is on route to the site. Departure Point for most tours: Downtown San Ignacio Address: MayaWalk Tours Main Office 19 Burns Avenue San Ignacio Town Cayo District Belize, Central America Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the meeting point in San Ignacio town on the morning of the tour, and enjoy transport to the nearby family-owned stables, where you'll be paired with one of more than 45 resident horses. Set off with your guide on a scenic trail ride that passes through a private organic farm and the traditional village of San Jose Succotz, keeping an eye out for native birds, monkeys, and plant species along the way. Cross the Mopan River on a historic hand-cranked ferry, and ride up to the hilltop site of Xunantunich.

Dismount with the help of your guide and explore the impressive archaeological site by foot. Learn the long history behind the once-powerful city that served as an important trading and ceremonial site in Mesoamerica as you walk along the ruins of palaces, temples, a marketplace, a ball court, and bathhouses. If you like, climb to the top of the El Castillo stone pyramid — one of the tallest in Belize — for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding jungle.

After getting your fill of archaeological adventure, climb back on your horse for the ride to local restaurant Benny’s Kitchen, and recharge with an included lunch of traditional Belizean cuisine. Give your horse a farewell pat back at the stables, and return to the original departure point in San Ignacio. The total tour time is flexible and typically ranges from 4–6 hours, based on the preferred pace of the group.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
San Ignacio
Our most popular tour activity is a pleasant half day horseback ride to Xunantunich. The tour begins at the stables, a family-owned horseback riding establishment where over 45 horses call home. Your transportation to the stables from San Ignacio is included.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Xunantunich
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 an ancient hand-operated ferry, and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive, prepare to dismount and let your horse rest while you can spend as much time as you desire exploring Xunantunich by foot. Afterwards, we will ride to the nearby Benny’s Kitchen for a delicious lunch of traditional Belizean dishes before returning to Hanna Stables. Tour duration: 4-6 hours, depending on speed and desire to explore. No previous horseback riding experience is required; riding helmets are supplied. Weight limit: 250 lbs (113.4 kg) per person. Capacity: We can take single riders, couples, or groups of up to 15 people. There is no minimum amount of people needed to book.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be 3 years and older
  • All passenger heights and weights MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Weight limit: 250 lbs (113.4 kg) per person
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MayaWalk Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Great tour
nadiamckinnis
, Nov 2021
We had a great experience with this tour operator. Our guides were attentive and knowledgeable. Good organization.
star-5
Awesome afternoon with horses and Mayan history
Annalisa_A
, Jul 2021
We had the best time! The horses were perfect, and the staff was so kind. The guide was also really knowledgeable and was able to tell us so much about Xunantunich. Would definitely go again!
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star-5
This was an exceptional tour. Our...
Amelia S
, Jun 2017
This was an exceptional tour. Our guide William we very knowledgeable not only of the Mayan sites but nature and Belize history in general.
star-5
Great tour. Loved the horse ride...
Casey J
, Nov 2016
Great tour. Loved the horse ride, walking the ruins, and learning the history of the Mayans. The horses were great and well trained, making this a wonderful experience for my daughter's first time riding a horse. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Belize.
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Good tour. I guess I was a little...
Carolyn_S
, Jul 2016
Good tour. I guess I was a little tired after my 4th Mayan ruin. We did not get to horseback ride onto the ruin due to undisclosed reasons, but we did have a 2 hour ride/waterfall swim later that day in place of the morning ride. Be careful: Horseback riding can be uncomfortable :
star-5
Everything and everyone was...
Michael T
, Mar 2016
Everything and everyone was wonderful! My wife is a professional horse trainer, and she impressed with the care and concern the staff had not only for their customers, but their horses as well. Often horses at these types of stables catering to tourists are ill treated, overworked, etc. Our guides were knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna as well as the local community and culture.

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