When we booked this vacation we didn't know quite what to expect, but we were charmed and delighted with what we found. The two-plus hours drive from Belize Airport to this mountain Eden might as well have been a passage backwards in time. Dirt roads and jungle paths, hidden caves, secluded waterfalls, Majan ruins, Mennonites driving buggies, horses tied by the side of the road, pastures of Brahmin cattle, the constant chirping of birds and insects, the occasional throaty call of howler monkeys, kerosene-lamps at twilight and the complete absence of hustle-bustle. The rooms (cabanas) are simple but charming, with only wooden louvers for windows and a thatch roof overhead. The beds are covered in mosquito netting, and we were glad to have it, because at dusk the little critters come out to play. A few nights we could have used a fan in the room, except that there are no electrical outlets to plug them into...
The social hub of the resort is the Cantina -- an open-air living room/dining room, with sofas and hammocks to lounge in, a nice wet bar and two family-style dining tables. (Here, you can charge your phones and camera batteries and get an Internet signal.) Food was always good and the people in charge are very kind and friendly. I strongly recommend this resort to anyone who has an interest in horseback riding, nature and really getting away from it all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ecotel-certified Belize Ecotourism Jungle Lodge offering adventure vacations: horseback riding tours, hiking, bird watching, butterfly gardens, waterfalls, river caves & vehicle tours to Mayan ruins. Cabanas are made of stucco with thatched roofs, with private baths, hot water and intimate kerosene lighting. The Cantina is a restaurant and bar where you'll enjoy open-air, home-style dining and bird watching from your table. MET is one of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" by Patricia Schultz. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Equestrian Trails Hotel San Ignacio
- Mountain Equestrian Trails Belize/San Ignacio