Chaa Creek Jungle Lodge
The lodge at Chaa Creek Adventure Centre, Rainforest Reserve and Spa has pioneered natural history travel to Belize since 1981. A private 365-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the lodge provides a unique rainforest experience while maintaining an unspoiled ambiance. Chaa Creek has received substantial recognition including the 1998 Green Hotel of the Year awarded by American Express and the Caribbean Hotel Association as well as the 2002 World’s Best award by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
Dining at Chaa Creek
Delicious cuisine features a mixture of Caribbean, Mexican and Belizean dishes served under a large, open air, thatch roofed restaurant with its own temperature-controlled wine cellar. The dining room, bar and cottages are all constructed from local hardwoods and thatched with bay leaf palm.
Activities at Chaa Creek
Guests to Chaa Creek enjoy entry into the 365-acre rainforest reserve, guided tours of the Natural History Center and Butterfly Farm, access to Chaa Creek’s Ruta Maya Trail system, canoeing upstream in the Macal River, early-morning bird walks with naturalist guides, guided interpretive tours of the Maya Medicinal Plant Trail and swimming in an eco-friendly swimming pool. Designed with both children and adults in mind, the pool’s bi-level configuration allows for swimming and paddling pools, as well as generous lounging space for dining, sunbathing and relaxation. Wildlife abounds, and some 250 species of birds have been sighted within the reserve.
Accommodations at Chaa Creek
The lodge is comprised of 19 comfortable palm-thatched cottage rooms and two luxury suites nestled along the riverside in a setting of unmatched beauty and tranquility. Cottages are set in lush tropical gardens along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains of Western Belize. The cottage compound, within the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, provides a perfect compromise between comfort and a true wilderness experience. Each palm-thatched cottage has Mexican tiled floors, large mahogany beds, original artwork and private bathrooms with hot showers. Spacious sundeck verandas allow guests to view wildlife and interact with nature. WiFi internet access is available.