Weekly Wanderlust: Take me Cave Tubing & Horseback Riding through Mayan Ruins!

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After so many amazing adventures in 2015, I’m looking forward to ticking off new destinations in 2016 that I’ve never even considered before: those that fall on my radar hopefully before the crowds appear. Belize is one such place that I’ve been obsessing over lately and after discovering these recent photos of cave tubing (which I had never even heard of before) and horse riding toward mayan ruins, I’m convinced I need to get myself to Belize!

Xunantunich Maya Ruin

Mayan Ruins

I’ve seen and heard of many Maya sites in in southern Mesoamerica and as such have had this region on my bucket list for some time now. The sites are located in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. With tourism so established in Mexico, I quite fancy the idea of getting off the beaten path and experiencing more of the area at the same time (I still can’t believe it myself that I haven’t been to Mexico yet, so Central America is particularly high on my list!)

The above photo is of Xunantunich, a site filled with ancient ruins and temples to explore on foot. This site is located in the west of Belize and the whole area is a mecca for inland explorations, although there’s a lot to see and do on the coastline of Belize as well!


Cave Tubing 

I never even knew I wanted to go “cave tubing” (nor did I know what that was) until I saw this photo of subtropical Belize with cave tubers floating by. The adventure is arranged by a tour group who accompany you through the trails in the wilderness, onwards to the cave tubing expedition that looks too good to be true. If that isn’t enough, the day tour also includes zip-lining through the jungle canopy (cue searching for plane tickets to Belize).


Stay: Ka’Ana Resort

There’s a new resort in the area promoting luxury accommodations (4 star) with adventurous day trips to discover inland Belize. I love that we’ve gone from luxury hotels being about laying out poolside to combining the comforts of home (and a little added luxury) with adventure travel, instead of distinguishing the two as separate experiences.

The resort offer villas (pictured), some with private pools, or smaller suites for those looking to spend all their time outdoors and don’t need a fancy room! Check them out here.


This post was collaborative and all images supplied.

Over to you! Where is on your travel radar for the New Year!? Here are my top 16 picks for 2016.

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    January 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Mexico is amazing!!! I can’t wait to go again!

    January 12, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Cave tubing looks amazing!!!!!

    January 6, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Hi Brooke! As a Mexican American just wanted to correct (nicely of course! ) the part about Mexico being in Central America. As weird as it sounds its actually part of North America 😉 I was born in the US but my parents are of Mexican descent. That makes me an American on both sides 🙂 just thought I’d let you know as I get Central American or even South American when I travel especially in Europe and even though I love people from all countries I get tired of explaining it over and over again.
    You are my favorite travel blogger by the way!!! **

    January 5, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Hey Brooke, I did the cave tubing in Belize. It is pretty great. Also check out the A.T.M. cave in Belize (it’s close to the tubing). You swim/climb through caves and get to see skeletons and old mayan pottery. it’s a pretty sweet experience.
    definitely go!

    January 3, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Everything here looks awesome. I’m sure 2016 will be great for you.

    January 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    This year World Wanderista will be going to Paris, road tripping Croatia, exploring Sevilla & Cordoba and enjoying the Christmas lights in London. Still thinking about doing a 5th trip though. Depends on how much money I’ll be able to save.

    January 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    We traveled around Belize for 8 days in May, and loved it! If you want any tips or suggestions feel free to email me!

    walking holiday italy
    January 2, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Wow! Really Great places to visit! Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    January 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I’d love to go to Belize! I can’t wait to follow along, thanks for sharing.
    Happy travels 🙂

    January 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I didn’t even know cave tubing was a thing, but that definitely sounds like a relaxing way to check out the pool at the bottom of a cave!

    Aimee Barnes
    January 2, 2016 at 1:30 am

    The cave tubing looks amazing!!

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, beautiful! The Mayan Ruins are on my bucket list, why not combine it with some cave tubing and horseback riding? Great wanderlust inspiration, thank you! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!