BELIZE: Anywhere whose address is "Mile 8" of a pot-holed dirt road is my type of place... Mountain Equestrian Trails Lodge is more reasonably priced and packed with more authentic charm than the well-known upscale resorts of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The small staff of horse-riding adventurers embraces you like family and makes everyone's stay a personalized experience with their endless knowledge of the land, animals, history, surroundings and active excursions.
A magical world at Francis Ford Coppola's luxe resorts in Belize
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize — As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing through the foliage are Maya ruins, and howler monkeys and macaws lurk in the ceiba trees. Late at night, distant thunderstorms ring the horizon, broad sheets of lightning illuminating the mountains.