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Blancaneaux Lodge

Mountain Pine Ridge, Mayan Mountains, Belize

At a Glance

  • Blancaneaux welcomes everyone - families, couples, honeymooners and friends

  • The activity choice is endless and the surrounding terrain keeps everything exciting

  • Miles of nature trails within the Reserve to explore

  • Rustic chic accommodations with a Francis Ford Coppola twist

  • Enjoy the infinity swimming pool or relax in the Waterfall Spa

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Belize's climate is marked by two distinct seasons, the rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (December to May). The coldest month is January and the warmest temperatures are in May.

The busier time of the year for travelers to Belize is November to May, which are the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere. It is possible to visit out-side of these months but the rainy season in the Forest Highlands can be rather wet.

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Insider's View

If the ceiling fan in the bar looks familiar, then that is because it is the fan used in the iconic opening scene of Acopalypse Now, Coppola's most famous film.

Embark on a night-time jungle walk and be amazed at the millions of stars that light up the sky!

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Blancaneaux Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Forest Highlands


Blancaneaux Lodge is movie director Francis Ford Coppola's romantic Mountain Pine Ridge retreat in western Belize, surrounded by Mayan ruins, shimmering waterfalls, turquoise pools, lush vegetation and exotic wildlife. Great for couples and families.

Blancaneaux Lodge is located in the northwest corner of the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize's Cayo District. This rustic forest lodge reflects movie director Coppola’s vision of tranquillity and comfort. The thatched cabanas and villas have been based on local homes and structures that he saw in the Philippines whilst shooting ‘Apocalypse Now’. Each of these feature a soaring hand-woven thatched roof, artisan-crafted, antique furnishings and a Japanese style bathroom with jungle views.

The fast flowing river running beneath the cabanas has been harnessed for energy and this combined with the organically grown produce provides an ecological haven for those who want a break from conventional resorts. Blancaneaux Lodge also boasts an excellent restaurant serving Italian cuisine and even features a wood-fired pizza oven.

Given Blancaneaux Lodge's privileged forest location, you can explore the nature reserve with ease by mountain bike, on horseback or by foot. There are also plenty of cultural tours on offer including one to the Rio Frio Cave, an ancient Mayan burial site located close by.

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Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort The 20 rooms include, six two-bedroom Villas, a Family Cabana, the Francis Ford Coppola Villa, and a private cottage.


Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities. Children will love the new infinity swimming pool and the swimming hole and sandy beaches along Privassion Creek. There are plenty of activity options for the whole family from learning about Blancaneaux's jaguar, raptor, Scarlet Macaw and bat research projects to birding and nature treks to exploring the nearby ancient Maya sites. Complimentary kids activities are also available from kite making to horse therapy and Easter/Xmas kids' camps.


Blancaneaux Lodge offers guests a fantastic spa (which specializes in Thai treatments), beautiful gardens and a refreshing plunge pool. It boasts its own stables with well-groomed thoroughbred horses, perfect for the adventurous rides to be experienced in the surrounding trails.


Complimentary activities at Blancaneaux Lodge include mountain biking and activities at an additional charge include excursions to nearby Mayan ruins, caving, horseback riding, spa treatments and nature trails.



Camilla Greenwood (Staff)

Heaven for riders, both starters and for those with more experience. Blancaneaux has lovely stables, beautiful thoroughbred horses and a lovely combination of jungle and savannah riding trails that suit every level. For more experienced riders a full day horseback ride is a fantastic experience, stop for a picnic at lunch and then head back towards the lodge as the sun sets. 

Set off from Blancaneaux Lodge at 3pm and spend the rest of your afternoon delving deep into the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve in search of the elusive jaguar Even if you aren't lucky enough to spot the wild cat this experience gives you the chance to trek through the jungle, climb to the top of viewing tower and watch the sun set over the canopy. As night falls the jungle comes alive with wonderful croaks and russles from down below. Top tip: on the trek back through the jungle turn off your head torch, be amazed at the millions of stars that light up the sky. The tour starts at 3pm, ends at around 9-10pm, snacks and drinks are included (tortilla crisps with dip, granola bars,water and juice)


Mark Beken (Staff)

It's a bit of an effort to get to Blancaneaux, as it is not really on the way to anywhere, but once you have bumped along for an hour through hills and forest, you are more than rewarded by the old hunting lodge that Francis Ford Coppola dreamed would one day be a fine hotel. I loved the fact that you can wander along the river and see all kinds of bird life, while the stables are very impressive and horse riding here a superb option. Upgrading to superior room types really does give you a lot more for your money, and if you are going to have a splurge, this is a good place to do it.


Coppola Resorts - Complimentary Nights

Stay at selected Coppola Resorts during Summer 2019 and receive complimentary nights.
  • Third Night Free at La Lancha, Guatemala
  • Fourth Night Free at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
  • Sixth Night Free at Turtle Inn, Belize

Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our specialists for more information.

Book from 02 January 2019 to 16 December 2019
Travel from 26 April 2019 to 16 December 2019
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  • ATM Cave Adventure

    Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM caves is one of Belize’s most impressive adventure experiences and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries.

  • Cave Tubing - Caves Branch

    Float on rubber tubes on crystal clear waters, through majestic caverns with breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations. Discover the secrets of the ancient Mayas tubing through an underground realm known as the Mayan underworld.

  • Discover Xunantunich

    Explore the majestic Mayan ruins at Xunantunich with your very own private guide. This classic period site was a thriving city near the end of the Classic period and provides an impressive view of the entire Mopan River valley.

  • Horseback Riding Cayo District

    Follow trails through the rain forest visiting Mayan plazas and ceremonial sites, including Skeleton Cave. Finish the day at Big Rock Falls, where you can take a refreshing dip and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to your lodge.

  • Hot Sauce & Rum Tasting Tour

    San Ignacio is known as the heart and soul of the Cayo District and is a vibrant, buzzing town with plenty of character, Caribbean color and an easy-going Belizean charm. Sample delicious local rums and hot sauces on this half day tour.

Location & directions

Mountain Pine Ridge, Mayan Mountains, Belize

Set within the Mountain Ridge Forest, in the remote mountains of western Belize, outside of San Ignacio.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to Belize City (overnight in Miami) and 2-hour car transfer.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Blancaneaux Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Forest Highlands

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