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“Horseback Ride to Mayan Ruins” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hanna Stables

Hanna Stables
Mile 71 Western, San Ignacio, Belize
+501 661-1536
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Owner description: Hanna Stables offers horseback riding, adventure tourism and eco-farm stay for travelers of all ages and abilities in the San Ignacio, Belize area. One of the country's oldest horseback riding establishments, Hanna Stables is currently operated by Santiago Juan.Located not far from Hanna Stables is Nabitunich (The Stone Cottages), a 400 acre spread of land which has been in the Juan family for four generations. Nabitunich has 20 rooms available for accommodations for travelers in Belize and is open to eco-farm stays as well.
Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Horseback Ride to Mayan Ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Our guide Santiago was incredible, and we had a day for the record books riding on horseback to Xunantunich. Would recommend Hanna Stables to anyone wanting a unique way to visit the ruins.

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Calgary, Canada
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“Great morning!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Thanks so much to Santiago for our amazing horseback ride. Super friendly and amazing with kids!!!! took time with us all and made us feel comfortable

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful ride with Santiago Juan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

I booked based on reviews here on TripAdvisor and it was better than I expected. The last person who wrote a review said it all - Santiago Juan is an amazing guide and owner of Hanna Stables. He obviously loves what he does and has an impressive background, with lots of great conversation. I booked a 2hr ride directly via email with Santiago and he picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off with a 1.5 hr ride (2hrs total from start to finish). He selected the perfect horses for us: I have plenty of experience riding and my boyfriend had never ridden a horse before. We explored the trails on his property, along the river and back down the road to his stables, it was perfect.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A highlight of our trip to Belize!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

After reading the great reviews on tripadvisor about Hanna Stables, I booked a horseback tour of Xunantunich directly though Santiago Juan, the owner of the stables, and it was a fabulous experience from start to finish. Santiago picked us up from our hotel, and we immediately appreciated his laid-back and friendly demeanor. My husband and I had a private, customized tour through the sprawling, picturesque farm and wooded paths that lead up to the ruins, where we were handed off to a certified guide for a detailed tour of the impressive archaeological site. Our trip back to the stables included a peaceful ride along the river while we enjoyed good conversation with Santiago, who is extremely knowledgeable about the area and exudes passion in general for life and horses. The tour was one of the more memorable experiences of our visit. Santiago is a gem!

Visited July 2012
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“Awesome time on Xunantunich horseback riding!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We booked a day trip through Pacz Tours and Santiago (owner of Hanna Stables) was who Pacz subcontracted the tour through. All I can say is we got very lucky. We were picked up at Pacz which is a short 10 minute ride from Hanna Stables for our Horseback ride up and back/Xunantunich tour. A former member of the Belizean Military, Santiago was very personable, engaging and an all around fun guide who's property spanned over several hundred acres. We haven't met a guide this genuine in some time so it was a welcomed treat. All of the horses seemed very well cared for.

It was only my wife and I for the horseback ride to Xunantunich (about 3 hours round trip). Once at the site we could either get a guide or run around ourselves, which we opted for the latter. It did begin to rain while we were there which ended up turning into a deluge (it was the rainy season). Santiago offered to have someone come pick us up which was very nice. He looked a bit stunned when we said we would ride the horses back (how many times can you say you rode, in the rainforest, in a complete downpour). We were thoroughly drenched halfway through the way back and it just added to the experience :)

I would recommend going with Hanna Stables directly if you are in town and looking to do some horseback riding, we had a great time!!!

Visited July 2012
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