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“horseback riding in San Ignacios” 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 23 activities in San Ignacio
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
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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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“horseback riding in San Ignacios”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

spent christmas day horseback riding at Hanna Stables with Santiago and his staff. very very friendly and accommodating. you can either go slow or gallop all the way. the horses were extremely responsive, and healthy
i'd highly recommend this

Visited December 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
We are so happy you spent you Christmas day with us! Have a happy new year, and come back soon. Thank you for taking the time to write a review :)
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Syracuse, New York
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“Fantastic !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had the pleasure of joining Santiago on a ride through the jungle to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. I can't say enough about him, he is a facinating and made the trip very enjoyable! He is third generation at the stables and takes great pride in it. The horses were calm and could get there blind folded so we just sat back and enjoyed the scenery and conversation. The guide Santiago arranged for us at the ruins was excellent. This is a must do if your in the San Iganacio area. Thanks Santiago!

Visited December 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Linda and Joe,
We appreciate the kind words and are happy you had such a positive experience! Thank you for coming to ride with us.
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“The best way to spend a morning in San Ignacio!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

My family joined Santiago on a journey out to Xunantunich. The horses were calm and obviously knew how to get there with their eyes closed. We don't normally ride horses, but we were very comfortable. Santiago has done so much in his short life and his stories are quite interesting. The ride through the jungle is peaceful and it's amazing to see all the wild life around. Once we got to the ruins, a guide took us around and explained to us what everything meant. We were lucky enough to see some monkeys while we were there. Then we rode back with Santiago to the ranch.
Tip - Would recommend you start early (we left at 8 AM) to avoid the cruise excursions to the site. When we arrived, there was nobody there, but our guide said once the cruise buses arrive there can be 500 people roaming around.

Visited December 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you so much for the review! We are happy you had a comfortable and exciting ride to Xunantunich, and on top of that were able to see monkeys and beat the crowds. We hope to see you again soon!
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“Nice ride through the countryside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My horse Concentido was a little punk and bit some of the other horses, but we had a fun time and our guide was very friendly and helpful. We rode about 2 hours from the stables to Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz.

Visited December 2012
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spratt504, Public Relations Manager at Hanna Stables, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Oooh, you and Consentido--he's quite the little horse with a big spirit! He's a good opportunity to test your skills with horses :) Glad you enjoyed the ride to Xunantunich, and hope to see you again soon.
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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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