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Name: Terry Sosa
Phone 1: 501-824-2037

Fax: 501-824-2501
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Location: San Ignacio, Belize, Belize
Property Type: Rentals Cottage or Cabin
Bedroom(s): 23
Bathroom(s): 23
Sleeps: 78
Lot/Acres: 345 Acres
Handicap Accessible: No
Smoking: Yes
Pets: Yes
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The Lodge at Chaa Creek has pioneered natural history travel to Belize since 1981 and has worked with some of the world’s premier travel and adventure tour companies.

As a private 345-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, we have provided a unique rainforest experience for thousands of people while maintaining an unspoiled ambience. Chaa Creek Inland Expeditions caters to the traveler looking for both physical and intellectual challenges, and our range of programs and activities has been designed to stimulate interest in the environment, culture, natural history, and archaeology of Belize.

Due to our dedicated efforts in environmental conservation, natural history education, and sustainable tourism, Chaa Creek’s rainforest reserve has received the following awards:

2003 & 2004 "Best Eco Resort"
Recognized by Caribbean Travel & Life

"2002 World's Best Awards"
Recognized by Travel + Leisure

2002 Condé Nast Traveler
"Ecotourism Award"

ISLANDS Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization
“2001 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award"

American Society of Travel Agents
“The 2001 ASTA Environmental Award”

Belize Tourism Board
“Hotel of the Year 2000”

American Express and the Caribbean Hotel Association
“1998 Green Hotel of the Year”

Our jungle lodge has 23 charming palm-thatched cottage rooms including two garden suites and two jacuzzi tree top suites nestled along the riverside in a setting of unmatched beauty and tranquility. Travelers share stories and relax at our verandah bar before enjoying delicious meals in the Chaa Creek restaurant.

The Macal River Camp, located within the nature reserve a half a mile down river from the lodge, features screened casitas on individual, raised covered platforms with private verandahs and easy chairs. Comfortable beds with fresh linens, a traditional Mestizo kitchen from which wholesome Belizean meals are served by friendly local staff, ensure a unique and relaxing rainforest experience.

The Chaa Creek Natural History Centre gives students and visitors a fascinating overview of Belize’s archeological, cultural, and natural wonders. A team of archaeologists, directed by Dr. Richard Leventhal of UCLA, has completed preliminary excavations on three of the over 70 Maya sites at Chaa Creek, and many of the artifacts found are on display in the Centre.

The Butterfly Farm, where we breed the stunning Belizean blue morpho, continues to be a major attraction as people marvel at the splendid iridescent blue wings of these magnificent butterflies. The "Belizean Blue" can be observed during every stage of its life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly. Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre and Butterfly Farm offer hourly tours and guided thematic nature walks, as well as intriguing slide presentations by our professionally trained naturalist guides.

The Spa at Chaa Creek, which opened in February 2000, is set above the Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Belizean rainforest. Along with our professional staff and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the Spa provides a tranquil and extraordinary sensory experience that promotes harmony between the inner and outer self.

Amenities: Top
The cottage compound, within the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, provides a perfect compromise between comfort and a true wilderness experience. Each palm-thatched cottage has Mexican tiled floors, large mahogany beds, original artwork and private bathrooms with hot showers. Spacious sundeck verandahs allow guests to view wildlife and interact with nature.

Chaa Creek now offers the Garden Suite for those looking for an extra luxurious rainforest stay.

Imagine a spacious thatched roof cottage surrounded by private tropical gardens, affording an extra measure of comfort and a beautiful, quiet ambience. The cottage consists of two separate suites (one with a private Jacuzzi) with a connecting door. The suites may be rented separately, or as an entire package. We offer three different options for this unique experience.

The Jacuzzi Suite is furnished with a four-poster mahogany bed, fine linens, Guatemalan antique armoire, a spacious bath with Jacuzzi and a private screened verandah with jungle garden.

The Luxury Suite is furnished with a queen size bed and a day bed that converts from a couch into a single bed. This room also has a private, screened verandah and lovely views.

The cottage also features a common verandah with hammocks overlooking the gardens. Both rooms have ceiling fans, lamps, reading lights and are fully screened. They offer a level of private, casual luxury exceptional even by Chaa Creek’s standards.

The new Jacuzzi Tree Top Suites appear to defy gravity as they perch eye level amongst the upper most branches of the majestic hardwoods that surround them along the steep forested banks of the Macal River in Belize's Cayo District. The large and airy suites combine elegance with a unique sense of adventurous design as tall tree trunks pierce through encircling sundecks competing for a breathtaking view of the jungle landscape.

The full amenity one-bedroom suites, with their own private Jacuzzi perched upon stargazing verandas, offer the perfect romantic setting for the honeymoon couple. The suites can also easily accommodate family groups with comfortable sleeping arrangements for four. The tree top suites, under an enormous canopy of thatch, extend an extraordinary experience to nature lovers who want to take part in the many rainforest activities that award-winning Chaa Creek has to offer.

Activities: Top
Tours and activities available through Chaa Creek continue to expand in range and scope. With our Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Rainforest Medicinal Trail, guided tours and nature walks along miles of trails and river trips, Chaa Creek is the logical place to begin any visit to Belize. An educational adventure day on the reserve combines activities such as canoeing, mountain biking and horseback riding with the expertise of our licensed naturalist guides to give visitors a well rounded, comprehensive introduction to the unique natural and cultural riches of Belize. Anyone’s experience in Belize will be greatly enhanced by the knowledge and understanding they’ll acquire by participating in our programs.

In addition to our on-site activities, competitively priced personalized tours can be easily arranged from our front desk. As one of the largest and most experienced tour operators in Belize, we can arrange an itinerary to any part of Belize, including the coast and cayes, as well as to Petén, Guatemala, to suit a wide variety of individual interests. The combination of our on-site familiarization programs, activities and comprehensive knowledge of Belize makes Chaa Creek the perfect choice for experiencing this fascinating part of the world.

Deposits: Top
We require an immediate deposit of 30% of the total net due, with full payment 45 days in advance of arrival.

Cancellations or Refunds: Top
A full refund minus $60 USD handling fee will be made on cancellations 60 days or more prior to the scheduled trip. Cancellation 60 - 45 days in advance a 50% refund will be given. Cancellation 45 days or less prior to arrival no refund will be given. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or tours for any reason whatsoever.

Policies: Top
Land cost is quoted as a package and credits are not given for services not used.

Testimonials: Top
Your place, hospitality and service were superb. We have not stayed in a place where we felt more comfortable in such a beautiful setting. The staff was attentive to all our needs. The cave tour was fantastic and will be a highlight of our touring adventures. When we return to Belize you will be on our agenda. Thank you for showing us such a wonderful time.

Steve and Donna Oldfield


We have been in heaven here. We have been many places but truly, we can finally say without a doubt, which is our favorite, its Chaa Creek. We will never stop telling the world about it. Thanks so much for all the years and energy you have taken to make it exist. In our life we may never find anything that compares.

Kim Henry and Bill Niccoles, Seattle, Washington, USA


Just a quick note to thank you and your staff for making my first trip to Belize so special. I can't tell you how impressed I was with the professionalism and friendliness of the staff, as well as the comfort of my accommodations. You truly have a special place there in the Cayo and I look forward to many return visits. Thanks again.

Greg Geurin, Chicago, Illinois, USA


As good today as it was 13 years ago!

Dan & Paul Bolt, Guatemala


They say we live in Paradise But!!! They have not yet visited Here!!! Great Time! Beautiful.

Kathy & Gerhard Lipp, Bermuda


Casual Elegance - Limitless oohs & aahhs - whatever word is the next level after paradise - this is what it's attempting to describe!

Deborah T. Sycamore & Leslie Stamnix, Colorado, USA


The personal attention is spectacular - never loose that touch - it is what makes this place so special. Raul & Miguel were especially kind & attentive.

Kimberly & Salvador, Illinois, USA


Wonderful tours! Great Dinners! Try the Rum Punch Double!!

Tony Mercurio & Sarah Walsh, Larchmont, New York, USA

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$150 - $280

Price Information: Top
Our prices can range from $150 USD in low season to $160 USD in high season for single occupancy. Double occupancy range from $170 to $185. Triple occupancy range from $201 to $216. Our garden suite ranges from $200 to $215. The garden jacuzzi suite ranges from $205 to $225. The Complete Garden Suite ranges from $370 to $410 and our Tree Top Jacuzzi Suites range from $255 to $280 USD.

Accommodation prices include entry to Rainforest Reserve, Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Rainforest Medicine Trail, Canoeing trip upstream on the Macal River, guided bird watching and access to our Ruta Maya Trail System.

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