What to Bring Along
- Bathing suit
- Bug Spray
- Water shoes
- Cameras (Optional & Water proof)
- Intensity: Easy-Moderate
- Duration: 7 Hours
The Macal River is a magnificent jungle river and the perfect waterway to enjoy a Belize canoeing adventure. The river originates in the Maya Mountains and flows through limestone hills and virgin jungle towards the twin towns of San Ignacio & Santa Elena. It joins with the Mopan River a few miles downstream forming the Belize River, which runs all the way to Belize City, into the Caribbean Sea.
From San Ignacio, we are off at 9 am in our canoes, gliding upriver, passing under the historic Hawksworth Bridge and then away from civilization into the green jungles of Belize. Traveling past banks lined by cliffs and cave openings, with iguanas perching on mammoth trees above. Unexcavated Mayan sites dot the riverbanks and villagers bathe and wash their clothing in the river the way they have done for centuries. Horses and cattle come to the water to drink alongside wild animals. You will see wildlife along with way including a variety of bird species, and possibly see the tracks of larger mammals such as tapirs, white lipped peccary, armadillo, and even jaguars in the mud of the riverbank.
Or we can Paddle and float down stream for approximately five hours, and enjoy the scenery and wildlife and end at San Ignacio pass the historic Howkesworth Bridge.
We drive from San Ignacio to the drop of point where the guide will embark you in your canoe for paddling a couple hours. Along the journey there will be some challenges, which are the rapids. No need to worry, our guide will show us the safer parts to go down. But as we paddle down we have the opportunity to indentify some of the bird species and with some luck we can see wildlife, including a variety of bird species, possibly see the tracks of larger mammals such as tapirs, white lipped peccary, armadillo, and even jaguars in the mud of the riverbank.
We can also stop at Chaa Creek Resort, a premier luxury eco- resort which is home to a medicinal plants trail, Blue Morpho butterfly farm and natural history museum. The Natural History Center, which details the flora, fauna and geology of our region. The butterfly farm specializes in one of the species which is one of the most beautiful, the blue morpho. If this isn’t of your interest, then we go for the medicinal trail, where we will learn about our plant and its traditional use.
After the activity we will be having lunch on the river bank where we will enjoy the scene, our drinks and our food. Our journey will continue down the river with excitement of the rapid and the relaxation of the flat waters as we make our way to our destination.