Renowned for its plethora of bellowing waterfalls and natural pools, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is home to one of the region’s most sought after cascades – Big Rock Falls.
After a scenic drive along the Cristo Rey Road en route to the Five Sisters Falls, a feeder road to the left leads you to a small clearing. Followed by a path downhill, the journey becomes steeper as the trail descends into the ridge, hinting at the view that awaits you. Fifteen minutes of carefree hiking later, the Privassion River comes into sight and the roaring sound of the fall resonates across the valley. An easy climb over the granite boulders along the banks of the river brings you to the base of the waterfall. The pristine water rushing over the forty-five-meter rocks and plummeting into the emerald green pool below is a breathtaking scene which provides a rush of excitement and caters to a refreshing swim.
On June 1, 2011, Ka’ana Boutique Resort was featured on Tablet Talk – the cultural counterpart to Tablet Hotels, focused on creating stories that reflect the lifestyle interests of their travelers. The article, Ten Hotels For Garden Lovers, mentions that there isn’t a “shortage of greenery” here at the resort. In addition, the overview features Ka’ana’s two-acre on-site Organic Garden as the primary source of produce for La Ceiba Restaurant. It also states that eighteen of the twenty-four fruits, herbs and vegetables found on the menu are sourced from the garden; fruits, herbs and vegetables such as Arugula, Beats, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chocho, Cilantro, Cucumber, Dill, Onion, Parsley, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Pepper and Tomato – to name a few.
Experience a departure from the traditional horseback riding tour when you visit the private ranch of the Santiago Juan family. Ride across an open pasture towards the bank of the Mopan River and be led by Luis, your personal guide and ranch hand. An exciting river crossing takes you off the beaten path and on an eye-opening ride that reveals a different, slower way of life.
Included in the tour is a stop at a yet-unexcavated Mayan site on the ranch. Luis will provide the history of the area while you dismount your horses and hike to the top of a Maya mound. From that vantage point, you will have a 360 degree view of the valleys and mountains as well as peek at the excavated Maya city of Xunantunich. This tour can be done in a half day or extended for a full day to include a private picnic and a first-hand view of the ranch-hands at work.
Book three nights in a luxury Balam or Casita and get your fourth night for only US$18.00, which will be donated to our Adopt-A-School Program. This $18.00 can pay for a local Belizean child to attend school for a full year.
Ka’ana has committed to supporting the following programs at Succotz Primary School: Bathroom Rehabilitation Project, Nutritional Meals Program, Scholarship Fund and Sports Program.
We also welcome and facilitate donations for playground equipment, purchasing of computers and the refurbishment of classrooms or volunteer work at the school.
Offer Valid For Travel Between May 1st & November 15th.
Considered to be the heartland of a civilization that once was, Belize boasts a rich heritage of archaeological sites. Its Cayo District, one of the last unspoiled places on earth and once the epicenter of the Maya, is dotted with ancient cities and ruins.
Travel across one of the last hand-cranked chain ferries which leads to Xunantunich, “Maiden of the Rock” – one of the region’s most legendary and popular archaeological sites frequented by a multitude of adventure travelers. Perch atop “El Castillo” which rises above the jungle canopy and witness panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys as well as villages. Stop on the way back at a traditional market in the village of San Jose Succotz on the Mopan River, offering local crafts made from cloth, fabrics, slate, wood and other natural products.
With a myriad of spectacular natural attractions, there are plenty of adventures – archaeological sites being only one of them – to discover and explore Belize as a diverse destination!
As part of an industry in a country dedicated to minimizing the impact on the local culture and environment, Ka’ana has been founded on an enduring connection to the land as well as surrounding communities. We recognize the importance of providing our guests with honest luxury, without compromising the sustainability of the region. However, sustainability isn’t only about understanding the environmental impact we make, but about enhancing our guests’ experiences and the relationships we’ve established with local groups.
One such community outreach involves the recently adopted Succotz Primary School located in the village of San Jose Succotz – a mere ten-minute drive from Ka’ana. Of the three hundred and sixty (360) students currently attending, only a few are able to afford the US$18 yearly tuition. Rather than turning the children away, the school’s lack of resources has resulted in a fledgling sports program, inadequate cafeteria and restroom facilities including leaking roofs.
We are proud to support the Succtoz Primary School with a Bathroom Rehabilitation Project, Feeding Program, Scholarship Fund and Sports Program. We also welcome and facilitate donations or volunteer works at the school so don’t hesitate to contact us to deepen your Belize experience by becoming involved in our social initiatives!
Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise that is Belize, exploring remnants of the Maya – ancient cities and exhilarating caves – while becoming one with the rainforest and its inhabitants. More than a vacation, Belize is a state of being; a place where your senses come alive and you find yourself not just living, but savoring every moment.
Co-created with the region’s last Mayan Shaman and deeply inspired by the sacred natural surroundings of the Belizean land, rituals and traditions, this Holistic Healing Retreat will encourage you to explore how you can live in harmony as well as find balance within yourselves and with all life in your midst. Offering both Sunrise and Sunset sessions either on Ka’ana’s on-site Yoga Pavilion or on scenic settings, such as the Ball Court in the ancient Maya City of Xunantunich and the Banks of the Mopan River, the rich content woven through this comprehensive retreat will be embodied through the practice of yoga. The physical exploration of yoga poses (asana) in a flow-based approach will build over the natural arc of the retreat and will serve to clear excess stagnation and stress, creating the space for abundance, vitality and a deep sense of peace.
An early morning departure from Belize’s Twin Town of San Ignacio to Flores, El Petén’s Capital City, will have you at Tikal where you can explore one of the most impressive Maya Pyramids. The Temple Of The Jaguar is sure to be the highlight of your trip as its stone walls, standing at forty-seven metres, rise above the rainforest canopy and allow you a panoramic view of the surrounding expanse of growth. The haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys and sightings of other exotic wildlife will only add to this unparalleled experience. Contact us to customize your tour of Guatemala’s City of Echoes!
With summer around the corner, it’s easy to dream of distant destinations with sunnier climes. Escape to the tropical paradise that is Belize – Central America’s second smallest country and only English-speaking of the seven.
Featured in AquaViews Online Scuba Magazine’s article, Top 10 Summer Scuba Diving Destinations, Belize’s famous natural attractions – the Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole – lure people to its Cayes year after year. With azure warm waters lapping at its white-sand coastlines set on a backdrop of lush foliage, visitors are treated to stunning views as well as countless land and water activities.
As a Reservations Clerk and the first point of contact for prospective clients seeking an unforgettable Belize, as well as Ka’ana experience, I was compelled to discover what the Life Altering Experience with Rosario Panti was all about. Yes, I had read her biography and had heard stories about what she does – some intriguing, others unbelievable. I had also read that Mayan Healing is holistic healing, with full awareness that the body, emotions, environment, mind and spirit are all interconnected. Curious to know this mysterious woman’s healing ability I made an appointment with her.
During the first few minutes of the massage we were both quiet as her hands worked their way from my head to my toes. Some may find this massage intense, but I actually enjoyed it. She then broke the heavy silence by stating that I’ve taken great care of my body and that I should continue to do so. I extended her my gratitude and we both fell silent again. After a few minutes had passed she told me something about my personal life that piqued my interest since only three (3) other close relations know something so intimate. Even though I was taken aback, I smiled and awaited her further comments. It was at that point that I began to believe that this woman was indeed gifted and knew what she was doing. Throughout the remainder of the massage she complimented me on my good energy and health.
Having finished with the massage, she looked at her sastun as if though she could examine inside my body through it, after which she mentioned two important elements in my life that I was preoccupied with. It was as if she brought my feelings, my insecurities and my thoughts to life yet her words were very reassuring. Rosario genuinely made me see my life’s direction and purpose if I remain true to myself. In addition, the energy I felt after the massage was amazing! I would certainly recommend, without hesitation, a healing session with Rosario Panti to those who are looking for a truly life altering experience!
Ka'ana was created for those who appreciate the elegant luxuries of a world class resort, yet yearn to experience new frontiers. Perfectly located in the midst of everything a Central American vacation could possibly offer, Ka'ana is a haven of understated luxury with a considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar, adjacent to pristine jungle. Experience a true luxury vacation, just steps from the many ancient Mayan ruins of Belize's jungle.