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#356579 - 11/01/09 06:24 PM Most "Jungle Like" Jungle Lodges in Belize
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Here is my updated list of Belize jungle lodges, in terms of their “jungle-like” setting. By jungle-like I mean what most folks would think of when they’re thinking of a “real” jungle – broadleaf canopy, no signs of civilization around, potential for birding and wildlife spotting. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the degree of “jungleness” makes the lodge better or worse. Some of the best lodges are not in the most jungle-like setting.

I’ve personally stayed at or at least visited all but five of these lodges.

I’ve probably overlooked a few lodges.

Several of these are close calls and could go in a different category. Your perceptions and mileage may vary.

--Lan Sluder



Most “Jungle-like” Setting:

Pook's Hill Lodge, near Belmopan
Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, off Hummingbird Highway
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Cabins, Cockscomb
Jungle Camp, Belize Lodge & Excursions, near Golden Stream, Toledo

More “Jungle-like” Setting:
Chan Chich Lodge, Gallon Jug, Orange Walk District
Mystic River Resort, on Macal near San Antonio (off Cristo Rey Rd.)
Lodge at Chaa Creek, on Macal near San Ignacio
Moonracer Farm, near Mountain Pine Ridge
La Milpa Field Station, Programme for Belize Lands, Orange Walk District
Chaa Creek Macal River Camp, on Macal near San Ignacio
duPlooy's Lodge, on Macal near San Ignacio
Black Rock Lodge, on Macal near San Ignacio
Table Rock Lodge, on Macal near San Antonio (off Cristo Rey Rd.)
Ek' Tun Lodge, on Macal near San Ignacio
Macaw Bank Lodge, on Macal near San Antonio (off Cristo Rey Rd.)
Mama Noots Resort, near Dangriga and Mayflower
Lamanai Outpost Lodge, Indian Church, near Lamanai
Mountain Equestrian Trails, near Mountain Pine Ridge (Georgeville Rd.)
Martz Farm Treehouses & Cabanas, on Macal near San Antonio (off Cristo Rey Rd.)
Hill Bank Field Station, Programme for Belize Lands, Orange Walk District

Somewhat “Jungle-like” Setting:
Mariposa Lodge, near San Antonio (Cristo Rey Rd.)
Maruba Spa, near Altun Ha
Ballam Na, near Indian Creek, Toledo
Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge, near Punta Gorda
Lodge at Big Falls, near Big Falls, Toledo
Blue Creek Rainforest Lodge, near Blue Creek, Toledo
Cotton Tree Lodge, near Punta Gorda
Mango Walk Inn, near Macal near San Antonio (off Cristo Rey Rd.)

Less “Jungle-Like” Setting:
Maya Mountain Lodge, near San Ignacio (Cristo Rey Rd.)
Clarissa Falls, on Mopan near San Ignacio
Crystal Paradise, on Macal near San Ignacio (Cristo Rey Rd.)
Jaguar Paw, on Caves Branch River, near Belmopan
Banana Bank, on Belize River near Belmopan
Hickatee Cottages, near Punta Gorda
Belize Jungle Dome, near Belize River near Belmopan
Crooked Tree Lodge, Crooked Tree
Nabitunich, on Mopan near San Ignacio
Blancaneaux Lodge, in Mountain Pine Ridge
Yam Wits Lodge, off Hummingbird
Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, near Belmopan
Iguana Junction Riverside Lodge, on Mopan, Bullet Tree
Cohune Palms River Cabanas, on Mopan, Bullet Tree
Sun Creek Lodge, near Punta Gorda
Parrot’s Nest, on Mopan, Bullet Tree
Five Sisters Lodge, in Mountain Pine Ridge
Hidden Valley Inn, in Mountain Pine Ridge
Gumbo Limbo Village Resort, near San Ignacio (Georgeville Rd.)
Pine Ridge Lodge, in Mountain Pine Ridge
Indian Creek Lodge, Belize Lodge & Excursions, Indian Creek, Toledo (not currently operating?)
Tranquility Lodge, Jacintoville near Punta Gorda
Tropical Education Center, near Belize Zoo
Bird’s Eye View Lodge, Crooked Tree

Hardly Jungle-Like at All:
Windy Hill Lodge, just west of San Ignacio
Mopan River Resort, Benque Viejo
La Casa del Caballo Blanco, near San Ignacio (Bullet Tree Rd.)
Ka’ana Boutique Resort, just west of San Ignacio
The Trek Stop, San José Succotz, near Xunantunich
Howler Monkey Lodge, Bermudian Landing
Sir Thomas’ at Toucan Sittee, on Sittee River near Hopkins
Black Orchid Resort, Burrel Boom
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#356580 - 11/01/09 06:38 PM Re: Most "Jungle Like" Jungle Lodges in Belize [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
elbert Offline
Great list! Glad you did this, I might have been harsher on those advertising 'Jungle' and being bush.
My all time favorite is Chan Chich The jaguar population there is astounding.
Great List.
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