Mountain Equestrian Trails in the Cayo District of Belize is indeed an amazing place. The rustic feel in the common area of the cantina and the cabanas where you sleep transport you to a different world without sacrificing any comfort. My time at MET was as genuine, warm and peaceful as any I’ve ever had.
Until, we went on an adventure tour that was as epic and intense as any I’ve ever read about. Arran Bevis comes from a family of explorers. That sense of adventure and wanting to share the experience with others is evident in the stories he tells and the tours he runs. This was a trip where everyone was expected to pull their own weight, be on point and take risks. The thing is, if you’re a city boy or girl and want to go take risks in the jungle, go with someone who knows the jungle. Arran was born and raised there.
The adventure tour: Arran, Gio and 3 of us were helicoptered into the headwaters of a river that has only been descended 7 times before- 3 of them by Arran. We took everything we needed, most importantly Alpacka inflatable packraft kayaks. For 5 days we slept in hammock tents, cooked on wood fires on the ground, shot fish with a speargun and most importantly, ran some amazing rapids and jumped off some incredible waterfalls.
The key to taking risks is to stack all the cards in your favor and prepare well. Arran and Gio, his Belizean born, American trained medic, have the perfect combo of competence and "f*** yeah we’re gonna run that" attitude. Arran and Gio met as medics for the La Ruta Maya River Challenge. Both of them are Wilderness 1st Responders and Swiftwater/Flood Rescue certified. They can even teach those courses. Additionally, Gio has extensive trauma combat medic training with the Belizean Defence Force- a group trained by American military- and he’s an Assistant Instructor with the Belize Disaster Rescue Response Team. Arran has been on world class expeditions and running rivers from the age of 16 and Gio started in the field when he was 14.
More importantly, both of these guys were born and raised in the jungles of Belize. They get why you go to Belize- down and dirty epic adventure. Each time you turn the corner of the river and are amazed with the view, they map out exposure to risk AND FUN and guide you through an unforgettable experience.
All the other reviews here on Trip Advisor about amazing food, great horseback riding and WONDERFUL staff at MET are all spot on. I'd especially like to give a shout out to Rigo, MET's horse guide and Marta and Blanca Cisneros, two sisters who put together all the amazing food.
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