Lodge at Chaa Creek
The well-maintained lodge and cottages here make this one of the country’s premier places to stay. The grounds overlook the Macal River, and each of the 23 cabanas has a peaceful balcony area. Activities available include canoeing, mountain biking and horse riding.
Located in the central Cayo district of Belize, Chaa Creek is a private 365 acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Rio Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It offers a variety of luxury accommodations and has a top restaurant, bar and Spa on the large, landscaped grounds. The lodge is famous for its medicinal plant trail and the unique Natural History Center.
The owners of the lodge are strong advocates and practicioners of sustainable tourism and the lodge has won many eco-tourism awards as well as being benchmarked by Green Globe. Its location offers excellent access to the many sights of the area and there are also a lot of on-site activities such as horse riding, canoeing, biking, nature hikes and bird-watching that you can enjoy. It’s a very family friendly lodge with excellent packages for families of all ages.
The owners of Chaa Creek live and work on the property and are dedicated to sustainable tourism. They were the pioneers of sustainable tourism in Belize and are great promoters and supporters of the cause. They have a foundation which they use to support local conservation and community work: the Belize Foundation for Conservation. Its mission is to promote environmental education, cultural awareness and sustainable conservation practices throughout Belize.
Their goal is “to establish a model of low-impact, sustainable development. By stimulating interest in the environment, natural history and local culture we hope to demonstrate the long term benfits of ecotourism over other environmentally damaging options for development”.
Their staff of over 100 full time employees is entirely made up from people from the local communities
Projects supported by Chaa Creek include:
– Howler Monkey reintroduction in partnership with the Yerkes Primate Institute & Foundation for Wildlife Conservation
– Birds without Borders – neotropical migratory bird research in partnership with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee
– Vascular Plant Cataloging & Agrofoestry Research in partnership with New York Botanical Gardens
– Archaeolgy Research – continuing research on the 70 sites conained within the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve
Located in Western Belize, this is the spiritual home of the Mayan culture in the country. It is especially favoured by families, as in addition to the historical sites, there is a wealth of soft adventure activities. There’s also a great natural history museum at Chaa Creek.