Mountain Bike Trip Itinerary:
Fly to Belize International Airport. Our Ceiba
guides will meet you at the Best Western Belize
Biltmore Plaza just outside Belize City for
a reception and orientation at 5:00pm. The
Biltmore is a great introduction to Belize,
with a garden courtyard, poolside bar and
restaurant featuring local cuisine. We’ll
do a quick bike fit and change saddles and
pedals as needed. Our dinner that night will
give us a chance to discuss our upcoming adventure.
After an early breakfast we will shuttle over
to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve,
an immense tract of land with a variety of
tropical ecosystems and wildlife. Our ride
today will allow you to loosen up your legs
on the rolling forest reserve roads. After
a picnic lunch we will ride to the Rio Frio
Cave. The Maya considered a cave the underworld,
and they believed the stalactites were the
roots of the sacred Ceiba Tree. We’ll
pedal on to the Five Sisters Lodge, an exotic,
serene retreat deep in the Reserve, where
we will have an opportunity to cool off in
the cascading waterfalls and pools of Privassion
Creek. We will be staying in a cluster of
bungalows surrounded by the rain forest overhanging
the canyon. There is a large dining room with
a wrap around porch surrounded by perfectly
manicured lawns and tropical gardens.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 18-25 miles
Early morning risers will have the opportunity
to bird watch with our Belizean guide. After
breakfast, we will be riding from the Pine
Ridge toward the Macal River Gorge. Our double
track trail continues through the tropical
forest into the granite and slate walls of
the Macal River. On the banks we will exchange
our bikes for canoes and head down river.
This section of the river is flat and deep
green, ideal for canoeing. Along the banks
we will catch glimpses of iguanas, parrots
and even toucans. Our river journey ends at
the Macal River Camp and the Chaa Creek Lodge,
our home for the next two nights. Here we
will be staying in cabanas on stilts with
private porches (and hammocks!) that are surrounded
by large trees. The bathhouse is centrally
located and hot showers are waiting. The relaxing
thatch-roof palapa dining area is where we
meet to bird watch before dinner,and savor
the homemade meal prepared on site in an authentic
TOTAL MILEAGE: 12 miles riding in the morning/
Canoeing in the afternoon
Our ride for today is a beautiful loop of
dirt roads and trails through the Cayo District,
an area filled with citrus plantations, Mestizo
villages and Mayan Ruins. Our route parallels
the Mopan River, which we will follow down
stream along many short rapids and water falls.
During the morning we will visit the ancient
Mayan City of Xunantunich. Here we will see
El Castillo, the second tallest Mayan structure
in Belize. This will be our opportunity to
experience and explore the mysterious and
complex civilization of the vanished Maya.
Lunch today will be at the Clarissa Falls
Lodge, a large thatched roof palapa surrounded
by beautiful grounds right on the river. After
riding back to Chaa Creek, we will visit their
Natural History Centre and Butterfly Museum.
Here we learn about the unique geologic features
of Belize and experience the life cycle of
the "Belizean Blue" morpho butterfly.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 12 miles
The day’s ride is a custom cut singletrack
loop deep in the pristine rainforest. This
unique trail, which is specifically used by
mountain bikers, lies under the fronds of
the Cohune Palms and the higher reaching Ceiba
trees. In the afternoon, we’ll shuttle
to our evening’s accommodations, Pook’s
Hill Lodge, where we will be greeted by the
owners with a glass of cold homemade lemonade.
Pook’s Hill is set within towering hardwood
trees, perched on top of an ancient Mayan
ruin, and the landscape is dotted with bromeliads.
You may take an evening hike on their maintained
jungle trails or chill on their open patio.
We will be staying in beautifully furnished
cabanas with private baths.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 9 miles
Birding is an optional pre-breakfast activity
in the lush surrounds of Pook’s Hill.
We will rise early however for our hike into
the Tapir Mountain Preserve, through raw pristine,
triple canopied rain forest. Our destination
is the Actun Tunichil Muknal, "The Cave
of the Stone Sepulchre." To explore this
dark and expansive cave we will don headlamps,
walk through a small stream and wade through
some chest deep water to reach a Mayan ceremonial
chamber. This will be a unique opportunity
to visit the Mayan underworld for a glimpse
of their ceremonial past. It’s quite
a sobering experience to see pottery and other
sacrifices just as they left them 800 years
ago. In the afternoon we’ll have time
to visit the world famous Belize Zoo, which
provides a comprehensive overview of the region’s
wildlife in its natural habitat. We will return
to the Best Western Biltmore for our final
night of lodging and dinner together.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 3 hours of hiking
The trip ends with dinner and lodging on the
last day. Departing flights can be met by
taking a taxi from the Best Western Belize
Biltmore Plaza back to Belize International
Riding Surface: Dirt roads, double track,
some rugged singletrack. Some muddy trails
Technical Difficulty: Moderate.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate.
Altitude: 0-2,000 ft.
Please Note: Accommodations may be changed
due to availability.
We will be without vehicle support during
all of the singletrack sections of the ride.
Itineraries are subject to change due to weather,
road conditions, rider safety, and other factors
which may affect the logistics of the adventure.