We all need a little bit of luxury every once in a while, especially when you’re on vacation. Located in the Cayo District, The Mystic River Resort in Belize is about a 25-minute drive from the town of San Ignacio. The property is tucked away on a steep bank of the Macal River.
Mystic River Resort in San Ignacio Belize
Take a yoga class, go on a hike or take out one of the canoes for a river cruise during your stay at this eco-friendly lodge. The property is pristine, and the rooms all come with a fireplace to keep you cozy on those cold nights. The staff is so friendly and will help you organize a trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal – also known as ATM Cave.
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Mystic River Resort review
As soon as you check-in you will receive a rum punch welcome drink. A nice touch after a one hour ride from Belize City. Take a dip in the Jasmine Pool for a few hours and enjoy dinner in the restaurant with views of the Macal River. Wednesday is Belize night, and I enjoyed the traditional Belize plate – Stew Chicken. The hotel is beautiful and the pool is a great place to relax. Some of the highlights of my visit were paddling in the river and hiking on the trails on the property.
Yoga Classes at Mystic River
Start your day with yoga on the deck. The resort provides a mat, towel and water bottle for your stay. All of the water is filtered here so you can drink directly from the tap. In the afternoon, take out one of the canoes for a paddle on the river. We spotted an iguana perched on top of a tree.
Explore trails on the property
During our yoga class, we met Tom, the owner of the Mystic River Resort. He was so kind and offered to take us on a hike on the property. We zigzagged through several trails including the Ridge trail and after about 2 hours we made it to the top of the mountain. The view from here is pretty incredible! Don’t forget to stop and say hello to the goats. The resort also offers milk goating, if that’s your thing. We passed on the opportunity and finished off the evening with dinner and a cold beverage at the restaurant.
Visit the Butterfly Trail
Each room has a balcony with views of the river. You can also walk through the resort’s Butterfly Trail or visit the nearby town of San Ignacio. It’s about a $25 US cab ride from the resort.
ATM Cave – Tours and Adventures
Exploring the ATM cave was the highlight of my stay! If you book the tour from the resort, it will cost you approximately $150 US. The upside of this is you will be one of the first groups to arrive at the cave. For the first 50 minutes of your visit, you and your group will be the only ones inside the cave. You’ll have to swim through the first stream and walk through two more streams before you get to the cave. It truly an adventure of a lifetime. Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed on this tour.
Our guide Ben was one of the best tour guides I have ever met. The cave is approximately five kilometers long filled with beautiful stalactites, stalagmites. Bat sightings are not rare. You’ll also learn about Mayan culture and see the burial site where skulls, bones, and pottery still lay.
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