Eco Rustic | The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize
There is one tiny country in Central America, that is less famous than Costa Rica, but offers a similar natural beauty, albeit on a smaller scale due to its size. But what it lacks in size, it makes up with some of the best preserved Mayan ruins and unspoiled beaches in Central America. That country is Belize.
An excellent way to experience Belize’s natural beauty is to… well, go native! The Lodge at Chaa Creek beckons. A sustainable eco lodge that offers enough amenities to keep you busy for as long as you’d like to be, including historically-steeped tours of the Maya Temple sites, local caves, Mountain Pine Ridge.
A choice of 23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up, and guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort.
Eco luxe accommodation aside, enthralling adventures and relaxing spa services await, and for the curious few Chaa Creek‘s green mission goes over and above the mandated eco standards. You will find the based of the Belize Foundation for Conservation, an organization established by the resort founders to promote environmental education; a natural history center that adjoins the 365 acre Chaa Creek Nature Reserve; conservation projects like the Howler Monkey Reintroduction and archaeology research; local, ecologically educated Beliziean employees; and management practices that earned the resort recognition within the Rainforest Alliance’s “Green Globe” program (recycling programs, organic farming, energy-efficient lighting, and more.). Rates start in the low US$100’s per person.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek also offers Camp Casitas, for visitors who wish to get much closer to nature. Located high above the meandering river where cool breezes rustle the towering trees of a pristine rainforest, the Macal River Camp is as rustic as it gets.
Every effort has been made to create a true jungle experience without relinquishing comfort and safety. Here at the Macal River Camp you can experience nature much as the original Maya inhabitants or early settlers did – with little of the distraction or noises of civilisation. It is a tranquil, peaceful location that brings home the beauty and vibrant life of Belize’s rainforest and rivers.