Carefully situated in the plaza of an ancient Maya city and surrounded by pristine forest, our Belize Jungle Lodge consists of 2 3-bed thatched-roof Casitas, 12 individual thatched-roof cabanas and one beautifully appointed 2-bedroom Villa. With a screened-in pool and jacuzzi, fully stocked bar and excellent cuisine, your every desire will be fulfilled by the exceptional facilities and outstanding service we provide.
Come and retrace the footsteps of the Maya, wander our extensive trail system and discover the unforgettable flora, fauna and Maya history unique to this tropical paradise. With an unparalleled abundance of wildlife (and the best chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat), our Belize Jungle Lodge is an extraordinary destination for naturalists, birders and for those seeking an authentic retreat to the jungle.
Bird-watching at the Belize Jungle Lodge
Many of the visitors to our Belize Jungle Lodge come specifically for bird watching activity. The Lodge boasts an enviable variety of avifauna with specialties such as the Lovely Cotinga, Ornate Hawk Eagle and Rose Throated Tanager, as well as a host of colorful toucans, parrots and hummingbirds in its species list of over 350. Birding tours can be done of foot in the immediate area and by vehicles which will take you to the various hot spots around the property. You can maximize your species count by taking part in both walking and vehicle birding tours.
Walking Tours at the Belize Jungle Lodge
Our Belize Jungle Lodge has an extensive trail system of over nine miles of well-maintained trails for hiking and exploring. Trails have directional signs and numbered signs which match the different plants and archaeological features throughout the trail system. Guests are free to explore the trails on their own or sign up for a guided walk service with one of our resident experts. Walking tours of the trail system area are available at your request.
Archaeological Walk: Led by one of our resident guides, guests will learn about the once thriving Mayan community known as Chan Chich aka “Little Bird”. The tour starts in the main plaza which was once a Mayan ball court. Guests will visit the Upper Plaza and get a glimpse of various looter’s trenches from within. Our guides will share their vast knowledge of Mayan architecture, culture and medicine.
Birding Walk: the resort of the Belize Jungle Lodge is home to hundreds of resident bird species and hosts various species of migrant species. Our guides spend numerous hours studying their habitats, feeding habits and calls allowing them to maximize unique sightings. This tour is sure to please beginning birders as well as seasoned veterans.
Medicinal Plant Walk: You can spend some time with our guides learning about a variety of medicinal plants which were used by the Maya and are still used today throughout the region. And learn about the healing properties of the Provision Tree, Twelve O’ Clock Plant and many others.
Night Walks: As the sunsets on the tropical rain forest most creatures are settling down for the night while a host of nocturnal creatures emerge to rule the night. After dinner, on this tour, you can grab a flashlight and join your guide for a walk around the lodge area and surrounding trails. You can see Spiders, Tarantulas, Tree Frogs and a various interesting critters. Going deeper into the trails, allow for a chance at seeing Kinkajous, Margays, and Ocelots.
Canoeing is offered on Laguna Verde, a small natural spring-fed lake approximately four miles north of the Gallon Jug farm. Take advantage of this tranquil lake and explore the area for Morlet’s Crocodile, turtles and various bird species. It is not uncommon to spot White Lipped and White Collared Peccary enroute to the lake.
Our Belize Jungle Lodge is located on Gallon Jug Estate in north-western Belize. This lies within the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon basin.
Gallon Jug Estate enjoys a fortunate location at the heart of La Selva Maya, buffered on all sides by forest and/or protected areas. Thanks to the efforts of owner, Barry Bowen, to control hunting and other illegal activities over the past 20+ years, wildlife has thrived.
Gallon Jug Estate is also an important component in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a regional conservation effort that seeks to link green areas throughout the region to promote biological and genetic diversity as well as healthy ecosystems. With its excellent diversity and species numbers, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists believe that the Gallon Jug Estate provides a safe haven for “source” populations to disperse to outlying areas in La Selva Maya that are more impacted by human activities.
Here, you can trace the footsteps of the Maya, wander our extensive trail system and discover the unforgettable flora, fauna and Maya history unique to this tropical paradise. With an unparalleled abundance of wildlife (and the best chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat) the resort is an extraordinary destination for naturalists, birders and for those seeking an authentic retreat to the jungle.
Our guides will share their vast knowledge of Mayan architecture, culture, and natural medicine with you.
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Cayo District, BELIZE
Bedroom(s): 20 (Cabanas, Villas , Cottage)
Locale: Forest. Nature Preserve
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Bedroom(s): 23 palm thatched cottage rooms
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