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Belize

series: Equitrekking Adventures

air date: 4/13/13 9:00 AM

In Equitrekking Belize, visit the Cayo and Mountain Pine Ridge Districts of this small Central American country, exploring Maya sites and caves and a variety of jungle lodges. Who knew that you could find a horse ranch in Belize? Equitrekking's Emmy nominated TV host Darley Newman rides a few of the 100 horses at Banana Bank Lodge, a farm and ranch near the capitol city of Belmopan. Next Darley takes on the jungle with Albert Garbutt, who points out medicinal plants that Belizeans use to treat everything from diabetes to sunburns. Darley takes some time out of the saddle to climb high at the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich, near the border of Guatemala, before exploring Rio Frio Cave, where the Maya scarified everything from precious stones to humans. Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by famous director Francis Ford Coppola, welcomes guests to experience an eco-friendly, self-sustaining resort in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. At Blancaneaux, fruits and vegetables are grown in an organic garden, the Privassion River provides hydroelectric power to the resort and horses are born and raised. Darley takes a ride to Big Rock Falls, where she escapes the heat of the jungle by taking a dip under a cool waterfall. At Mountain Equestrian Trails, Darley rides into the jungle to a small, secret waterfall and falls asleep to the sounds of nature in an eco-friendly jungle cabana.

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