Canoeing & Tubing

On the Macal River

Canoeing and tubing are great ways to experience Cayo ... Paddle off our beach for awhile, work your way upstream and drift back or head straight for San Ignacio Town. Other Canoeing & Tubing options include making your way on foot or on horseback or vehicle to designated drop-off points and then paddle or float your way back to duPlooy's.

Macal River Tubing

Tubing from the lodge - Just walk down the entrance road for about 5 minutes until you reach the "Tube Palapa", grab an inner tube and take a short walk down to the Macal River where you put in. Towering cliffs, massive stands of bamboo, cormorants, kingfishers and turtles are some of the interesting sites you will see on this 20-30 minute float to our beach. Its a great way to relax after returning from your days activity.

You are sure to enjoy the sites and sounds you encounter along the Macal River, so make sure you allow time in your itinerary for some some relaxing moments on the beach and for swimming, canoeing & tubing.

duPlooy beach
Macal River Canoeing


Canoeing & Tubing Options

Flour Camp Cave to duPlooy's by Canoe

We can get you and your guide to Flour Camp Cave by road, on Horseback or on foot. When you arrive, explore the cave, picnic and then set off downstream by canoe back to duPlooy's (2-3 hours).

Flour Camp Cave

The upper Macal River is quite rocky so keep in mind that this section of the river is a bit more challenging than the drift to San Ignacio Town (lower Macal).

During the dry season (April-May) this section of the river is low and canoeing is more walking than canoeing, so we do not recommend doing this trip during these months. Otherwise it is a lot of fun on a pretty section of river, plus you can combine canoeing with a beautiful cave all in one great trip. It is not exactly a hair raising adventure, however it does offer up some rapid thrills... (get it?)

Departure: 9:am
Drive time: 20 minutes
Horseback time: 90 minutes
Hiking time: 2 hours


San Ignacio Town by Canoe

San Ignacio Town

You can do this either combined with a visit to a nearby archeological site, such as
Cahal Pech
, Xunantunich, or El Pilar or on your way out to the airport on your last day,
(flight time permitting). Depending on the season (dry or rainy) and your canoeing skills this will take you about 1 ½ - 3 hours to reach San Ignacio Town.

It's downstream so it's a nice way to spend the day if you are tired of driving around bumpy roads. The lower Macal is relatively slow moving (except after heavy rains) and there are only a couple of very light rapids, so even those without canoe experience can relax and enjoy this trip.

Departure: By 9:00am if you're going to a Maya site, by noon if you're just canoeing


Canoeing or Tubing combined with Horseback Riding

Cayo Countryside

Ride on horseback to Negro Man Farm and then tube or canoe downstream to duPlooy’s. The horseback ride is very scenic through field and forest. When you arrive at the farm, just hop into your canoe or onto your tube and float your way back downstream to duPlooy’s.

Departure: 8:00am
Riding time: 90 minutes, Canoeing or Tubing 1½ - 2½ hours


Canoeing or Tubing To Natural History Center & Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm and Natural History Center

A fun and informative half-day canoe trip, best of all - no driving. Both are located about 20 minutes downstream from duPlooy's. Look for a large concrete landing. Tie up and follow the path up to the Lodge at Chaa Creek. Canoe back up when you're ready or call for a ride back.

Departure: Anytime from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Canoe time: 20 minutes down and 45 minutes to an hour back

* See Tours & Transfers for current rates.

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