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“Ride to the ruins in style!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hanna Stables

Hanna Stables
Mile 71 Western, San Ignacio, Belize
+501 661-1536
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Ranked #3 of 26 Activities in San Ignacio
Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Ranch & Farm
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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.
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“Ride to the ruins in style!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Great ride for just the two of us to Xunantunich with our guide Arnold, a cowboy straight out of central casting: squinty, big hat, boots with silver spurs, creased jeans, huge belt buckle. The price was also extremely reasonable: we paid for the ruins admission and lunch out-of-pocket, and so were charged only $30 pp for the horses and guide. The horses were friendly and easy to control, if you have a firm hand. The ride took us through farmland, with a view of the ruins in the distance, a little over an hour each way. Arnold waited for us while we took as much time as we wanted at the ruins. We had a nice lunch at a local restaurant after the ride, where we got to know Arnold a little better: he had great stories about growing up as a cowboy in Belize, and even about visiting California to see family. Fun way to visit this site (and feel superior to the tourists riding in on buses).

Visited November 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Branden, we love the title for your review! It's definitely a stylin' ride to go with Arnold. We are so happy you enjoyed your ride with us and totally agree: it's far superior to the tourists riding in on buses! Come back soon.
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“Choose Hanna for horseback while in Belize!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

So we stayed inland in jungle and wanted to ride-we are not riders per say. W ejust wanted to horseback a bit-Santiago at Hanna Stables is the best! Awesome horses-he loves the animals-and raised in belize it was great to ride on the street and trails and have every local that drove by wave hello to our local well liked guide. He was informative and adorable! We rode to Cha Creek (a resort we wanted to see) and then stopped for a medicinal trail tour. Awesome!

Visited December 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
A medicinal trail tour! We hope you learned lots about some of Belize's amazing natural remedies. Thank you so much for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the ride.
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“Must do activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I have not even imagined that horse riding can be this exciting...going through the water to get to unexcavated ruins was absolutely amazing and so as people that guided us. I would strongly recommended over any activity you can do in this town.

Visited November 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you so much for the kind words! Happy you had a great ride :)
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“Hanna Stables is definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I've done horse riding before in New Zealand but Hanna Stables was much better! The horses were really well looked after, relaxed and I felt really safe on my horse, Joanna.

We rode through tall grass, large fields and a gushing rive and visited excavated ruins. It's three hours in total and really good value for money.

Santiago was lovely and his colleague Nelson was extremely helpful, especially when climbing steep forest slopes near the ruins where I was saved from tumbling to the bottom!

I'd love to go back and do it again.

Visited November 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
We appreciate the awesome review! Hope to see you back at the stables soon.
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“Ride to the ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Nelson was an excellent trail guide and pointed out animals and things of interest during our ride. My group enjoyed a peaceful, scenic ride to Xunantunich, had plenty of time to explore the ruins, and then relaxed on the leisurely ride back to the stables. The horses were well trained and cared for and the guides ensure a safe and fun ride even for novice riders. I highly recommend this activity.

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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Lori! Glad you had a good time with Nelson and the horses. Come back again soon!
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