Bedroom(s): 23 palm thatched cottage rooms Locale: Macal River, foothill of the Maya Mountains
Since Chaa Creek’s inception in 1981, owners Mick and Lucy Fleming strove to coexist with nature while creating a true jungle experience and the result is an exquisite blend of natural beauty and man-made comforts.
We are proud that Eco Hotel Belize “Chaa Creek” continues to win recognition as one of the Caribbean region’s best examples of sustainable, Green tourism.
Set along the banks of the Macal River and reaching towards the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the resort has provided unique adventure travel experiences for thousands of visitors looking for an in-depth yet civilized Belizean vacation, with a focus on Belize’s ecology and natural history as well as a vibrant, varied culture that includes the rich Maya civilization and impressive archaeological sites.
As we grew, so did our appreciation and respect for Belize’s diverse ecology and rich culture.
In addition to sharing our homestead, we always endeavored to share our love for what makes Belize so special, and the need to protect this vibrant yet fragile ecosystem.
Sensitive construction and creative recycling have always been a part of our development, and, with the help of our guests’ suggestions and ideas, we are continually minimizing our impact on the environment.
Our 400-acre private nature reserve is one of the most awarded Belize Eco Hotels.
We’re proud of having been recognized by Conde Nast Magazine, National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Top Ten International Eco-Escapes: Trip Advisor, and World’s Top Hotels & Resorts: Zagat Survey and many others for our contributions towards sustainable ecotourism in Belize while providing rainforest vacations that are as educational as they are enjoyable.
It is no wonder that we have been rated by Caribbean Travel & Life Readers’ Poll as the BEST ECO RESORT & HOTEL in the Caribbean for four years running.
Our close relationships with premier Belizean reef and island resorts at Ambergris Caye, Placencia and other Caribbean vacation spots allows us to offer the very best, fully inclusive and hassle-free Belize beach and rainforest vacation packages.
Our colleagues share our respect for Belize’s rich natural heritage, so wherever you go on a Eco Hotel Belize “Chaa Creek” package tour, you can be sure that you are doing the right thing and participating in sustainable, responsible tourism.
For anyone looking for expeditions that are physically and intellectually stimulating, as well as affordable all-inclusive family vacations, Belizean wedding, honeymoon or Maya adventure vacation packages, or visitors who just wish to relax in comfort while experiencing one of the world’s most vibrant rainforest environments, Eco Hotel Belize “Chaa Creek” continually strives to show our guests what makes Belize truly special.
Our numerous awards and many repeat visitors tell us we must be doing something right, but please come see for yourself – it’s Belize at its wildly civilized best.
It's very gratifying that our guests appreciate Chaa Creek's commitment to responsible travel, and that a significant portion of what they spend with us goes back into the local environment and communities. We are very happy that Chaa Creek continues to attract people who care, and we invite you to read on about some of our initiatives.
Chaa Creek developed organically, growing out of the exuberance and idealism of two young adventurers who started a small farm in the 1970s, and then began taking in guests to earn necessary extra income.
It's been an amazing journey, and along the way we learned some valuable lessons that continue to define Chaa Creek today.
It's a give and take relationship, and you take more than you give at your own peril.
We learned what the Maya did millennia ago – the environment isn't an endless resource that you can continually exploit without any sense of responsibility or stewardship.
Humans and nature share a dynamic relationship. Look after the environment, and it will look after you.
As Chaa Creek developed, so did our sense of community.
We received so much assistance from our neighbours we felt blessed to be able to give something back when our first tractor, an old beat up Massey Ferguson arrived from England and became a shared resource.
Belize has one of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet, and we learned much about patience, tolerance, that coexistence doesn't necessarily lead to conformity, and about appreciating diversity while sharing the positive attributes one's own cultural background.
Over three decades later, Chaa Creek has grown into much more than any of us could have imagined. The overgrown little citrus orchard has evolved into a 365 acre nature reserve, our staff of 155 people includes the sons and daughters of our original neighbours and townsfolk, and the interdependent nature of living "back a bush" is still very much alive.
It's small wonder that an ethos of contributing to both the land and society that nurtured us comes naturally.
The Chaa Creek Cares initiatives are a natural outgrowth of this development, and we invite you to take the time to learn more about them.
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