Jungle Trek Horse Ride & Swim
There’s no bus service to Banana Bank, so you will need to drive yourself
To reach Banana Bank, you come out of the end of our road and make a dog-leg across the highway to the road behind Westar: it is signed to Banana Bank
Follow the white marl road over the metal bridge for about 4 miles, crossing two plank-bridges. You reach a very obvious right hand turn signed to Banana Bank after the second plank-bridge. Take this side road for another couple of miles or so. Eventually you will reach a loop in the road with a large building on your right hand side (this is Banana Bank Jungle Dome). Take the left turn on the loop and follow until you reach the back of the resort and park your car. Go through the small gate and into the hotel reception and someone will direct you from there.
Jungle Horseback Ride (booking essential, call 832 2020 or ask us to arrange it for you)
This is a blissful thing. The horses are so docile and the guides are so experienced that it really doesn’t matter if you can’t ride. I have seen young women in bikinis with their 2 and 3 year old children in the saddle tucked in front of them loping through the jungle, that’s how easy it is! The guides will trek at your level - experienced, intermediate, average, rubbish, wimp. You want thrills- they’ll give you thrills, you want to ride through the river and look at monkeys - you got it. Seriously, it’s a great morning. It costs up to $60 US per person which includes horse, saddle, tack, guide and someone to wash down your mount and allow you to go laze by the pool afterwards.
Lunch by the Pool
The pool is always great, but a pool-side lunch may be a bit hit and miss. The café is great for wine, beer and cocktails, but if the pool area is quiet you may not be able to get too much of a meal. The restaurant in the Lodge offers lunch: you could talk about booking that before you go for your ride.
Afternoon by the Pool
Banana Bank Resort have a beautiful swimming pool. If you fancy an afternoon topping up the tan and lazing in the sun, then this is the place for you. They charge around $10US for the day to use the pool. In-between swims you can take a stroll and check out the beautiful Belize River.
Banana Bank is the home to Carolyn Carr, one of Belize’s most accomplished artists. Her works include local scenes of Belize life and amazing images of Belizean people, animals and birds. She has paintings on display and you can purchase limited edition canvas prints for a very reasonable sum. Many more of her exhibits are currently on view at the Art Box Gallery, just outside Belmopan on the Western Highway going toward Belize City.
9:00am leave Belmopan
9:30am arrive Banana Bank
9.40am - 2 hour horse ride
Afternoon by the pool
Leaving Banana Bank, Roaring Creek is around 30 minutes away
There are a lot of excellent horseback tours on offer throughout Belize: a simple google search will list most of them. We highlight Banana Bank as it’s close to Rock Far, easily accessible, tailored to your needs and more to the point, reasonably priced. If you would like a more adventurous tour around a ruin or into the mountains, you will need to pay $75US+ for the experience.