Chan Chich Lodge
Arguably the best lodge in Belize and one of the top lodges in all of Central America, Chan Chich is set in a remote, beautiful area literally on top of a Maya ruin, with 12 rustic yet comfortable cabañas.
The cottages have thatch roofs, rich hardwood floors and furnishings, and wraparound verandas. The deluxe cabañas have king beds and huge bathrooms. Standard cabañas are similar, except with less grand baths. The lovely two-bedroom villa has two king beds, and two baths.
Just outside your door you’re likely to encounter tropical birds and wild animals, possibly even jaguars. Howler monkeys welcome you with reverberating bass calls. You’re more likely to see an elusive jaguar here than anywhere else.
The lodge sits smack dab in the middle of a Mayan archaeological site, and regardless of how you feel about that, Chan Chich has a stunning setting.
Due to Chan Chich’s unique location on Gallon Jug Estate, they are blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded at Chan Chich, making it one of the world’s premier birding destinations – large birds, such as the Ocellated Turkey, Crested Guan and Great Curassow, hunted out in so many other places, are readily seen here as well as a myriad of other species. All five cat species – jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay and jaguarundi – are well represented with jaguars seen at the rate of about one per week, a record that is unmatched elsewhere. Tapir, both white-lipped and collared peccary, brocket and white-tailed deer can be found in great quantities as well as smaller species like tayra, fox, agoutis and kinkajou.
Expert guides lead wildlife excursions into the thousands of acres of surrounding bush and carefully maintained trails. Tour options include bird-watching treks and horseback rides to Mayan ruins that remain undisturbed.
A gorgeous pool is screened to keep out insects. Delicious meals are served in the dining room in the main lodge building, adjoining the bar.
Take a walk back in time.
Home to a mixture of cultures and some 15,000 residents.
Stop at cafes and get a first hand look at the everyday life of northern Belizeans. Then head to the Banquitas House of Culture to get a feel for the district’s history, culture and industry. They regularly host special traveling art, cultural and archeological exhibits.
When you’re done taking in the town, check out Honey Camp Lagoon, where the locals go. With its golden sandy beaches and coconut trees you’re sure to fall in love.
Be sure to see the New River, a waterway for the ancient Maya and check out the wildlife and scenery on your way to the Maya Temples.