Belize ruins by horseback

Want to feel like a conquistador and have a brag-worthy excursion that nobody you know has experienced? We’ve got one for you that’s not very far away, but very exotic in feel: entering the impressive Xunantunich site on horseback.

Nobody ever approached it that way in its heyday, which was off and on from 670 to 890 A.D., since there were no beasts of burden in the Mayan world. Everything constructed in Mesoamerica had to be done by human hands and tools. Horses didn’t arrive on the continent until more than 500 years after Xunantunich faded from importance.

Luxury inland Belize hotel Ka’ana Resort offers this horseback riding and approach trip as one of their signature experiences, taking you almost right up to the Guatemala border in the wild western part of the country.

Your expert guide will explain in great detail the culture and beliefs of the Maya, and you will see the ancient ball court where the Maya warriors often lost their heads whether they were the victors or losers! Once on top of the Xunantunich Maya ruins you will have a chance to take in the stunning views as a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and valleys opens up before you. The climb and descent are taken slowly and with caution but the efforts of the climb are well worth the rewards.

Ka'ana best boutique resortNaturally you can expect great service along the way and a pampering experience when you return to your base at Ka’ana that night. The resort recently got a prestigious win from the World Travel Awards as “Mexico and Central America’s Leading Boutique Resort.” Follow this link and  you’ll see they had some heavy competition—all resorts we’ve reviewed in detail in the pages of Luxury Latin America.

There’s plenty else to do from a base at this luxe boutique resort of course, with Belize adventure tours that range from caving to helicopter tours to bird watching. Or you can just do one thing and then make the most of your private villa pool or the spa.

See our full review of Ka’ana here and book direct with the resort after you choose your perfect suite. They can put together your ideal getaway just a few hours from the USA or Canada, including combo programs with different beach resorts to make a surf and turf vacation.