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 in 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 Rates
- Day: $75 per person
- Half Day: $45 per person
- 2 hours or less: $25 per person
If you just want to do some casual sightseeing from the back of a horse just ask your guide
to take you on a leisurely ride along some of the trails we have around duPlooy's. Valley View is a popular destination for short rides.
* These trails are also great for birding and hiking.
Belize Botanic Gardens on Horseback
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 Belize 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!
Xunantunich (Maya Archeological 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 (right) and then ride onward and upward the last mile to the Maya Archeological site of Xunantunich; have a guided tour of the site; afterwards enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before riding back to duPlooy's.
Riding time: 90 minutes to 2 hours each way
* If for whatever reason you don't want to ride back from Xunantunich (feeling saddle sore?), your guide can arrange a taxi back to the lodge for an additional cost of US $20 for 1-4 persons.
Flour Camp Cave
Cantering along the way with caving and canoeing or tubing. Because of the caves remoteness, few places offer tours to Flour Camp Cave, 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.
Riding time: 90 minutes each way
Horseback Riding Combined with Canoeing or Tubing
Ride to Negro Man Farm and then tube or canoe downstream to duPlooy’s. The ride on horseback 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.
Riding time: 90 minutes, Canoeing or tubing 1½ - 2½ hours
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
* See Tours & Transfers for current rates.