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Horseback Riding -- If you enjoy horseback riding, there's some wonderful terrain in this area. Rides can be combined with visits to jungle waterfalls and swimming holes, as well as nearby Mayan ruins. Most of the hotels in the area offer horseback riding tours.

Alternatively, you can contact the folks at Mountain Equestrian Trails (tel. 669-1124; www.metbelize.com), who have one of the better stables and horse riding operations in the Cayo District. Also, keep in mind that most lodges in the area offer horseback riding, so ask at your hotel or lodge first.

Mountain Biking -- If your preferred activity is mountain biking, you can go on an organized tour or rent bikes in San Ignacio. From San Ignacio, a great ride is out to El Pilar ruins. You can also ride out to Xunantunich; however, that ride is mostly on the main highway. Mountain bikes are available for rent at various hotels and tour agencies around San Ignacio and should cost around BZ$4 to BZ$8 (US$2-US$4/£1.05-£2.10) per hour, or BZ$30 to BZ$60 (US$15-US$30/£7.95-£16) per day.

Be careful, the hills here are steep, and the heat and humidity can be overwhelming. Take (and drink) lots of water, and try to avoid pedaling during the middle of the day.

A Spa -- If you want some serious pampering, or a soothing massage after some hard-core adventure, head to the Spa at Chaa Creek (tel. 824-2037; www.chaacreek.com). A wide range of treatments is offered, including a hydrating manicure (BZ$56/US$28/£15), a variety of facials (BZ$140-BZ$190/US$70-US$95/£37-£50), and a range of full-body massage treatments (BZ$170-BZ$220/US$85-US$110/£45-£58). Full-day and multiday spa packages are also available. The spa itself is quite lovely, set on a high hill above the Chaa Creek hotel, and the equipment and facilities are top-notch. It's usually open daily 8am to 4pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.