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San Ignacio, Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Eco lodges & tours

Luxury Eco Resort inside the rain forest

Lodging

Eco Resort

Nights

Min 1 night

Trip Details

Group excursions

Price

From 180 per person per night

Transport

Van

Pygmy miles

1,080

Experience
Experience
Pygmy miles
Accommodation
Practical info

Experience

The Lodge at Chaa Creek was founded over 30 years ago by two intrepid travelers who were conquered by the nature and culture of Belize. Slowly, and with love of their adopted home, they turned Chaa Creek into a full fledged Eco Resort, while still maintaining their responsibility to the ecology around them. Under an in house program, 10% of all accommodation revenue goes straight into environmental and social programs, and in supporting Green and community groups. 

The Lodge operates on either a Bed and Breakfast basis, which includes a selection of activities for free, or as an all inclusive resort (includes meals, transfers, excursions). The rooms are ecologically friendly - do not expect air-conditioning and refrigerators. Still, there is a simple luxury to their villas, suites and cottages. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, and, most importantly, surround by the rainforest. The lodge is set on a private 365-acre nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It is home to a number of exotic jungle dwellers including peccaries, jaguar, monkeys and many others as well as over 300 species of tropical and migratory birds.

Travelers give the Lodge at Chaa Creek high marks for service, ecological initiatives and the connection one feels with nature.

Chaa Creek is a full fledged Eco Resort, while maintaining responsibility to the ecology around it.

Activities

Trekking

Hike along the Ruta Maya Trail System.

Swimming

Swim in the Eco Friendly infinity pool.

Kayaking

Canoe upstream the Macal River.

Wildlife Viewing

Access the 365 acre Rainforest reserve and go early morning bird watching with naturalist guide

And also

  • Guided tour of the Natural History Center and Butterfly Farm.
  • Guided interperative tour of our Maya Medicinal Plant Trail.

The above mentioned activities are included in the base rate free of charge. There are also a host of other activities that can be purchased ala carte including guided canoe trips, guided night hikes to view wildlife, horseback riding, naturalist led hikes and Maya farm excursion. You can also add on additional day tours including trips to Tikal, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Mountain Pine Ridge, Barton Creek Cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Caracol, Caves Branch River Cave Expedition, Calico Jacks Ziplining, Pontoon on the Vaca Lake.

Place

Belize is a small, sparsely populated independent nation in Central America. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official spoken language. 

Due to it's small population, Belize is a hotspot for eco tourists. It has one of the highest densities of protected areas in all of the Americas, with over 37% of its land being protected in some way. Over 5,000 species of plants can be found as well as hundreds of species of animals including armadillos, snakes, monkeys and jaguars. 

Mayan culture dominated the area of Belize from 1,500 BC to 900 AD. Mayan influence can still be seen today and their are a number of important ancient sites located in Belize including Caracol, where it is believed that close to 140,000 people inhabitated. 

 

Pygmy miles

Pygmy Miles Total

Challenge
Motorized Vehicle
Hiking
Bicycle
Sustainability
Miscellaneous
540pygmy miles

Base Miles

Three nights in a double room, would be $540 per person. You earn 1 Pygmy Mile for every dollar you book with us (each person earns 540 points).

120pygmy miles

Distance to Lodge

You earn 1 Pygmy Mile for every mile you drive to reach the lodge from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport.

150pygmy miles

Hiking

For every 1 mile you hike you earn 10 Pygmy Miles. We estimate you will hike about 15 miles during a 3 night stay at Chaa Creek.

135pygmy miles

Minimizes environmental impact

Chaa Creeek is doing some really good work in sustainability. In particular, they give 10% of revenue to ecological and community initiatives. The Lodge also promotes a "Leave no trace" ethic in their outdoor recreation.

This hardly scratches the surface of the sustainable initiatives put in place. Chaa Creek is a leader in sustainable tourism.

As such, you earn a 25% bonus on base miles.

135pygmy miles

Generates economic benefits for local people

Additionally, Chaa Creek has an Education Scholarship Program, which provides full scholarships to twelve Belizean secondary level students each year. Six staff members members serve as voluntary Special Constables with the Belize Police Department and our Loss Prevention Manager assists local communities with the establishment of Neighborhood Watch Programs.

Furthermore, each year the Lodge hosts and educates hundreds of local and overseas students and sponsors internship positions in ecotourism and responsible travel through programs at our Natural History Centre, Blue Morpho Butterfly Breeding Centre, the Maya Medicinal Plant Trail and other Chaa Creek operations.

As such, you earn a 25% bonus on base miles.

Total Pygmy Miles

1080pygmy miles

Accommodation

 

Cottage Collection

San Ignacio, Belize

Individually designed palm thatched cottages are furnished with a tasteful, casually elegant mix of hand crafted furniture, fine fabrics and local and international art, all designed to blend in with the exquisite rainforest surroundings and local culture. The spacious cottage rooms all feature private sundeck verandas from which to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest, and dazzling hummingbirds are frequent visitors.

Practical info

Price

Cottage Collection (per person, per night)

Single Occupancy: $256 per night + $18.37 Hotel Tax + 30.72 S. Charge from hotel

Double Occupancy: $180 per night + $12.96 Hotel Tax + $21.60 S. Charge from hotel

Triple Occupancy: $136 + $9.79 Hotel Tax + 16.32 S. Charge from hotel 

Service categories

Consult & Book

We help you understand the product offering and combine Chaa Creek with other activities, transfers and tours. There are many different options available including an adventure package with full board / wider selection of activities and several itineraries that feature inland and overnight trips.

Pygmy Elephant also provides: 

  • Transfer arrangement: from Belize City, San Ignacio and beyond. 
  • Pre-departure support: what to pack, arranging travel insurance and informing on travel advisories
  • 24 hour customer service: if something goes wrong, we have your back
  • Best Price Guarantee: if you find a better price on the internet, we'll match it
  • Pygmy Miles: receive discounts off future travel

 

When

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The dry season runs from November to mid April. This is the peak tourist period, but the rains let up and make for a more enjoyable vacation during this time. The average temperature is between 67 and 87 degrees fahrenheit.

Challenge Level

Technical Ability

Level : Low

Mental Strength

Level : Low

Physical Conditioning

Level : Low

Most day hikes and trips are of non demanding nature. Only a few excursions require a good fitness level.

How

Self guided

Join a guided tour

You can use Chaa Creek as your base to explore on your own, or you can book a guided tour with them that includes daily group excursions.

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Our Managing Director, Andrew, has been to over 40 countries in his quest for the perfect adventure. He has biked the death road in Boiliva, trekked 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, cycled from Brussels to Florence and hiked the five sacred mountains of China. Pygmy Elephant is how he spreads his love for adventure and self discovery in the world.