Activities at Clarissa Falls

With so many special attractions available & an incredible number of places to visit in the nearby Cayo District, you can create an infinite number of amazing holidays. Staying at Clarissa Falls Resort is perfect for arranging all your activities in the Cayo area. We're located minutes away from the towns of San Ignacio & Benque Viejo del Carmen and the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech & Xunantunich. Also nearby are the Maya caves Actun Tunichil Muknal & Chechem Ha, the Maya cities of El Pilar & Caracol, butterfly farms, medicinal & nature walks, national parks, river trips, jungle treks and much, much more! Tours suited to your adventure level can be arranged for you either at Clarissa Falls or with local operators. The choice is yours!

Here are some examples of how you can enjoy your time right around Clarissa Falls Resort...

Go river-rafting, tubing or swimming!

Enjoy some bird-watching!

Go for a fun swim in the cool, refreshing waters of the Mopan River, or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of the lightly cascading whitewater of Clarissa Falls.
Perhaps you'd rather go on inner tube or canoe ride (guided, if you wish) down the Mopan from the Xunantunich ferry-crossing in San Jose Succotz and wind your way back to Clarissa Falls. This exciting river journey takes 2 to 3 hours by inner tube, and 1½ to 2 hours by canoe. Shorter, half-hour or 1 hour, trips are also available. Or you can also take long way home and ride down further down river to destinations like Calla Creek or Bullet Tree Falls - about a 5 hour scenic trip!
Clarissa Falls Resort is truly a wildlife sanctuary and a wonderful place to do some bird-watching. Even if you came knowing nothing about birds, you'll leave Clarissa Falls an amateur birder! We invite you to come & share in the wonders of our colourful skies.
Belize is said to be the home to 540 species of birds. We are proud to say that the good majority of those species can be found right around Clarissa Falls. Toucans & parrots are regularly seen, while less common birds like Oscellated Turkeys & Ornate Hawk-Eagles make appearances. Ask Chena to point out the Mot Mot Bird!
Read more about bird-watching at Clarissa Falls.

Explore some Maya ruins!

Be a cowboy for a day!

From La Clarissa Ranch you can see the majestic Maya ruins of Xunantunich atop hills to the west. The ruins are a short distance from Clarissa Falls, a beautiful two-mile walk through the lush vegetation along the banks of the Mopan River that you can do unguided. As you hike around the ranch and along the Mopan, you can see the numerous Maya mounds that surround us and you may see sherds of pottery & other artifacts on the trails. The small ruins of Buena Vista - thought to be the private estate of a Maya king - are close by & accessible by our guided horseback tour.
Many other Maya sites are in the area: Actun Tunichil Muknal near Roaring Creek, Cahal Pech in San Ignacio, Caracol in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Chechem Ha south of Benque Viejo del Carmen, El Pilar north of Bullet Tree Village and Tikal in Guatemala are some of the most popular ones to visit. Clarissa Falls would be pleased to assist you in arranging tours to any of these sites.
Come down to the ranch, city slicker, and participate in the rounding up of cattle with real cowboys. Round up the cattle, lasso them in preparation for nurturing or vaccines, and help the cowboys brand them. Please contact us three weeks in advance to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
If you're not ready to be a ranch-hand, you could go on a short, guided horse ride around La Clarissa Ranch. Or for a longer ride, why not visit the Maya ruins of Buena Vista.

Go on a jungle walk!

Feel yourself get in touch with nature as you wander around Clarissa. Go on a beautiful walk along our picturesque trails and you can see many examples of local flora & fauna. Dozens of species of birds fly from tree to majestic tree or sun themselves on logs in the river. Small lizards run from cover only to disappear again. Orchids & other wildflowers dangle while ants jealously guard a tree of their own. Fruits hang from branches that can only be reached by howler monkeys...
A guide is available to take you around the trails and introduce you to the beauty of Belize. Ask Chena if she can take you through her medicinal trail or for an early morning jungle walk, then finish the walk with one of Chena's special herbal teas!

Bird-watching at Clarissa Falls

There are about 540 species of birds that call Belize home, both migratory or year-round. Many of these different species can be spotted around La Clarissa Ranch in their natural habitat. Good eyes help; binoculars & cameras are greats assets.
At early sunrise & in the middle of the day you will be amused as you see egrets take slow rides on or wander in the shade of the grazing cattle. Flocks of colourful parrots take over our skies and eventually descend noisily but harmoniously on the cornfields nearby. Elegant motmots gently land & rest peacefully atop the trees.
See the Roadside Hawk and the Orange-breasted Falcon perched high as each patiently await their prey. The common Brown Jays, known to many as the "warning birds of jungle," point out the danger of the raptors and more to all around them. Listen for the distinctive croaking sound of none other than the Keel-billed Toucan, the national bird of Belize. Easily spot the splash of colour they make among the tree branches as it perches high above for a short rest or in search of fruit.
Stop & smell the flowers along with tiny hummingbirds as they sample the sweet nectars. Flocks of egrets glide along the river and clouds of parrots take to the skies, heading to their evening roost. Sunset comes, the moment of darkness engulfing the earth as you excitedly await what the night has to offer.
Last but not least, our very own half-bred Oscellated Turkeys, domestic turkeys, parrots and other feathered friends will complete your birding experience.
A tip for birders: Although birding is an excellent year-round activity, visiting Belize is highly recommended during the mating & nesting season, generally from March to the early rainy season in July.