What better way to get around than astride one of our trusty steeds?
Just kidding! They aren't really steeds, however our horses are sure-footed and anyone from beginners to experts will enjoy a leisurely ride. We recommend that you try to get in at least one good ride before leaving Belize, because there is really no better way to enjoy the Cayo country-side ... And the day is sure to be a memorable one!
Horseback Riding - duPlooy Grounds
Horseback Riding Options Around duPlooy's
Belize Botanic Gardens
If you are with small kids or not really sure if you and horses were made to be friends you may want to try an hour's ride around the Botanic Gardens. Check out some plants and slowly learn to pry your fingers off the saddle horn. If you enjoy this you may want try something more challenging later!
If you just want to do some casual sightseeing from the back of a horse book book a leisurely ride along some of the trails around BBG and duPlooy's. Valley View is a popular destination for short rides.
* These same trails are also great for birding and hiking.
Horseback Riding - Cohune Loop
Horseback Riding Options Farther Afield
Xunantunich (Maya Archaeological Site)
Take in the scenic Cayo countryside as you ride to the Mayan village of Succotz; Cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry and then ride onward and upward the last mile to the Maya Archaeological site of Xunantunich. After a guided tour of the site, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to duPlooy's on your horse or by road..
Departure: 8am Riding time: 2 to 2-1/2 hours each way.
Flour Camp Cave
Cantering along the way with caving and canoeing or tubing. Because of the cave's remoteness, few places offer tours to Flour Camp, and as a result it is a very peaceful spot.
Inside the cave you will see Maya pottery pieces
(shards) and impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. Flour Camp Cave is close to the Macal River
so you can enjoy a refreshing swim after
your cave exploration.
To get there arrive on Horseback, then hike up for about 45 minutes to the
cave entrance. You have the chance to spend about an hour
exploring inside the cave, before heading back down to the river for a swim (optional) and picnic lunch. Afterwards canoe, tube or return to duPlooy's on horseback.
Departure: 8:00am Riding time: 90 minutes each way.
Horseback Riding Combined with Canoeing or Tubing
Ride tthrough field and forest to Negro Man Farm and then tube or canoe downstream to duPlooy’s. When you arrive at the farm, just hop into your canoe or onto your tube and float your way back downstream to duPlooy’s.
Butterfly Farm and Natural History Center on Horseback
Right next-door (two miles away) Chaa
Creek has a natural history museum to
teach you about geology, nature, archaeology
and the history of Belize. This is followed
by a tour of their butterfly farm. Although
this butterfly farm has only one species
it is the spectacular Blue Morpho, a large
electric blue butterfly (surprise! it's
not really blue! but we'll let them explain
this scientific fact) This is a nice destination for a half-day ride by road.
Departure: 9:00am or 1:00pm Riding time: 45 minutes each way.