The gateway location of Casa Del Caballo Blanco encourages exploration of the natural and cultural wonders of Eastern Belize and Western Guatemala.
While at Casa del Caballo Blanco your on-site host is Mr Baldemir 'Ricky' Manzanero, who is also the proprietor of Aves Discount Tours and one of the premier birding guides in Belize. Mr Ricky, a licensed tour guide, can guide and/or arrange excursions to all of the destinations and activities listed below - please contact him at [email protected] or through his web site which is located at www.avesdiscountours.com.
Archaeological Site tours
Immense citios, the socio-religious-politico centers of the Mayan Empire surround Casa both in Belize and in neighboring Guatemala. Each site is a unique experience providing the traveler indelible memories – we can help you arrange your exploration of sites in Belize:
Casa provides opportunities for the novice and advanced birder. Let us assist you in developing individual tours or birding packages that provide the opportunity to view specific birds or groups of birds in the varied eco-tones of the region.
To the Mayan, caves were the entrances to the underworld, Xibalba. Mayan knowledge and use of the cave systems is evidenced by the pottery, cave paintings and burials often encountered upon discovery. Casa can assist you in an itinerary that might include a visit to: -
River Activities and Water Falls
Flowing east from Guatemala, the Mopan River joins the Macal River at Branch Mouth, just north of San Ignacio town, to become the Belize Old River. An extensive network that connects the entire country from the highlands to the ocean the rivers were once a principal means of transportation.
Today the rivers are a window on the country's biodiversity, and modern landuse.
Macal River and Tributaries
From its watershed high in the Maya Mountains the Macal River flows westerly
then north to its confluence with the Mopan.
If you enjoy repelling, ask us about an excursion to the falls of Bocawina National Park in the Stann Creek District.
In San Ignacio swimming, wading and tubing are available at the wooden bridge
that connects Santa Elena and San Ignacio. A fun place to swim with the locals, buy fresh
food to enjoy on the beach.
A trade route for the Maya and primary commercial waterway when mahogany and chicle were the primary products exported from Belize (then British Honduras), today the Mopan is a focal point of agriculture and tourism. Flowing north and east from Guatemala the Mopan River passes the Mayan site of Xunantunich, joins the Macal River at Branch Mouth becoming the Old Belize River. Dense stands of riverine forest give way to open agricultural fields.
This entire segment of the river can be traveled in kayak or raft, and long sections are suited to canoeing; this is an ideal means to visit the villages of Benque Viejo, Succotz, Bullet Tree Falls and Santa Familia, or to view the wildlife of Belize particularly the avifauna.