Copal Tree Lodge
Punta Gorda, Placencia, Belize
At a Glance
Spectacular setting surrounded by expanses of pristine rainforest
Abundant wildlife with toucans, howler monkeys, hummingbirds and butterflies to name a few
Delicious, authentic food grown organically on the farm is at the core of the Belcampo experience
Activities aplenty: Mayan ruins, caves, waterfalls, bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and fly fishing
Chocolate! Visit a local farm and watch the full production process from bean to bar
Best time to Visit
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Belize is hot and humid throughout the year. The rainy season is June to November, when there’s afternoon showers most days. The best time to visit is during the dryer, slightly cooler months between mid December and May.
Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Copal Tree Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Coastal Lowlands
Copal Tree Lodge (formerly Belcampo Lodge) is a truly unique adventure eco-lodge and farm, practising sustainable agricultural practices and nestled in a rainforest reserve in an unspoiled corner of Southern Belize, close to the coast.
Previously known as Belcampo Lodge, Copal Tree Lodge is located 10 minutes away from Punta Gorda in the southern Toledo district of Belize surrounded by pristine rainforest in a 11,000 acre reserve.
There are 16 beautifully appointed hillside suites with large screened verandas allowing guests to experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest canopy from the privacy of their own room. Each bungalow is spacious with air conditioning and ceiling fans and a shower room with floor to ceiling windows with views out across the jungle as you bathe. The cabanas epitomize the concept of indoor-outdoor living. Vaulted beamed ceilings, terra cotta flooring, all natural textiles and bench-crafted furnishings further emphasize the fusion with nature.
There is a lovely swimming pool and small spa for relaxing after exploring the region, and a private tram can whisk guests off on a ten minute ride down to the Rio Grande River below, where a small gym is also located. From here, you may also embark on a tranquil river cruise.
Beyond the pool lies sweeping gardens, as well as a communal fire pit. The main lodge is the heart of the resort with observation decks open to stunning vistas of the coast and Maya Mountains. Telescopes are at the ready for spotting wildlife.
The food is a huge part of the Copal Tree Lodge experience and it draws inspiration from Belize's unique cultural and natural diversity. On the farm they grow as much of their own produce as possible and have a planned Agritourism center. Food is dependent on the season, and only the freshest ingredients are put on the plate. The lodge owners are committed to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.
You can spot a wide variety of bird and wildlife on site with their expert guides and the lodge arranges a diverse range of excursions throughout the area from cultural excursions such as visiting Mayan ruins, to snorkeling, chocolate tours, nature hikes, night walks, fly fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Copal Tree Lodge has 16 beautiful suites which project out over the canopy from where toucans, hummingbirds and iguanas can be spotted. The bathrooms offer an 'at one with nature' experience with a glass wall looking out over the jungle.
Light-filled and spacious, the suites have vaulted beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, lots of polished wood, natural fabrics and artwork sourced by local artisans. There are jungle king suites or jungle suites with two queen-size beds, two deluxe suites and four new spectacular ridge suites with stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean sea with outdoor soaking tubs and access to a 40’ salt water infinity pool. The suites have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, sitting area and wireless internet access.
Although there are no specific facilities for children, Copal Tree Lodge welcomes families. There are two queen beds in the suites which is ideal for a family of four with two smaller children. Children will be enchanted by the wildlife and chocolate tours and visits to Mayan ruins and local communities. For those with an active streak, there is swimming, kayaking, biking, snorkeling and zip lines nearby.
Copal Tree Lodge practices a farm to fork concept, and is almost entirely self-sufficient with food grown and produced on its farm and supplied by local growers. Many of the exotic ingredients are native to Belize so for the intrepid foodie, this is the place.
Dining at Copal Tree Lodge is a relaxed leisurely affair. Apart from the main dining area, guests can eat al fresco on the wooden deck, or even on the banks of the river, accessed by the lodge's funicular. There is also a rum and coffee bar where you can savour Belize's best. And if that's not enough guests can participate in culinary courses which focus on the production of coffee, chocolate and rum.
Copal Tree Lodge offers a wonderful range of activities such as guided/self guided canoeing and kayaking excursions or a fabulous Sunset Adventure Cruise along the Rio Grande listening to the sounds of the jungle.
Lubaantun, Blue Creek Maya Village, Cave & Hiking Adventure - visit ancient Maya Ruins and a famous Maya Village combined with Hokeb Ha Cave where you can swim in the sparkling water. Maya Ruin, Waterfalls & Hiking Adventure - Combine Maya Ruins with a hike to the Rio Blanco Water Falls where you will be able to swim and enjoy the beautiful views.
Toledo Culinary Tour - explore The Spice Farm in Golden Stream. Stroll through this edible landscape with a local guide who will explain growing, pollination, harvesting and post harvesting. Half day snorkeling to the Southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef or Snorkel with the Chef. Scuba diving and Fly Fishing can also be arranged.
Punta Gorda Town and Market Tour - get to know the town and people a little more by taking a drive into town on a market day. Immerse yourself in this one day chocolate course at Belcampo’s new farm center in the heart of the best cacao growing region. Onsite hikes focusing on birding for beginners, rainforest animal identification and an introduction to medicinal plants.
Complimentary mountain bikes are available to explore the surrounding area including Punta Gorda town, nature trails, farm and organic garden.
Sammy Green (Staff)
I really enjoyed my stay at Belcampo Lodge. The rooms are spacious and airy, with modern decor and air-conditioning. The staff are really friendly and take the time to talk to you, and there is a great range of activities on offer. The lodge is set on 12,000 acres of land, so there are plenty of walking trails - be sure to take your walking boots. The food was fantastic, with their on-site organic farm there is a true farm-to-table feel. Belcampo is in a remote area so do be prepared for the occasional power cut - which was quickly resolved by the team switching on the back-up generator!
Location & directions
Punta Gorda, Placencia, Belize
Copal Tree Lodge is located inside a 11,000-acre private reserve of Laughing Falcon; five miles north of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District, surrounded by lush rainforest.
How to get there
12-hour international flight (with an overnight in Miami) to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. The Lodge is reachable by a 1-hour light aircraft flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda airstrip followed by a 10-minute drive.