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The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Cayo District, Belize

Successfully blending refined comfort with endless adventure opportunities, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an established sustainable eco-resort and 365-acre private nature reserve, set alongside the banks of the Macal River in the Cayo District of Belize.

At a Glance

  • A 365 acre private nature reserve at the feet of the Mayan Mountains

  • Jungle resort style feel rather than intimate jungle lodge

  • Surrounded by one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world

  • An endless array of family friendly activities ranging from canoeing, biking and horse riding to exploring the rainforest medicine trail

  • Fantastic contrast of modern and rustic accommodation, ensuring there is something to suit all tastes

  • For those that truly want to be pampered there is a lovely spa on site

Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Riding

Insider's View

To experience life on a tropical river, it's fun to take a canoe along the Macal River to San Ignacio, where staff will meet you and drive you back.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Try out the new Rainforest RTV Safari tour - a great way to explore the rainforest trails and spot some of the local wildlife.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Adventurous riders will love the horseback riding trails, start with a gentle stroll below the rustling palms and the spider and howler monkeys and then end your ride galloping through the jungle to a viewpoint on top of a Mayan site which overlooks the canopy.

Camilla Greenwood

Insider's View

Concoct your own cocktail from the array of infused rums displayed at the bar, my personal favorite was a basil and lemongrass infused rum caipirinha.

Camilla Greenwood

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


The Lodge at Chaa Creek is recognised as a perfect model of sustainable development within Belize’s rainforest and has won many awards for its approach towards responsible tourism.

The 23 thatch-roofed and stucco cottages reflect the traditional architecture of the region. Each cottage has beautiful Mexican tiled floors, large mahogany beds, original artwork and private bathrooms with hot showers. The two modern Ix Chel villas offer a truly luxurious experience, with Jacuzzis, al fresco showers, plunge pools and personal butler service, as well as hi-spec accommodation.Each has two bedrooms making them perfect for families or two couples traveling together.

There is a lovely restaurant serving a combination of modern and traditional cooking techniques with fresh local produce, much of which is sourced from the lodge's organic Mayan farm. The hilltop spa offers a perfect way to relax and unwind at the end of a day of discovery and exploration. There is also a large infinity swimming pool which is an inviting way to cool off.

The lodge has its very own stable of well-trained horses, allowing you to explore the heart of the reserve on horseback. One can also explore the natural wonders of the remarkable Rio Frio Caves or the Rio On pools, then meander down the Macal River in an authentic dugout canoe and catch a glimpse of the abundant river wildlife.


23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up. Guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, some equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. There are two Ix Chel Villas which are modern in design and ultra-luxurious, with private plunge pool, Jacuzzi, two bedrooms, butler service and full length glass doors and windows to allow the sights and sounds of the forest in.


Children are welcomed at the lodge. Under 18s have free rooms if accompanied by adults. For meals, 1-5 year olds are free and 6-11 year olds are half-price.


Facilities at Chaa Creek include an infinity swimming pool and the Hilltop Spa, set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean rainforest, 365 acres of private nature reserve and gardens.

They are proud to have one of the best restaurants in Belize, and their hilltop spa and airy jungle bar ensure complete relaxation after a day filled with discovery and adventure. Rest assured that a stay at Chaa Creek contributes towards sustainable and culturally responsible tourism – they'll be happy to point out their award winning approach towards creating a green experience.


Complimentary activities include entry into the rainforest reserve, guided tours of the natural history center and butterfly farm, access to the Ruta Maya trail system, canoeing, early morning bird walks with a naturalist guide and tour of the rainforest medicine trail. Activities at an extra charge include horseback riding, mountain biking, spa treatments, cave expeditions, inner tubing, visits to ancient Mayan ruins, nature hikes, sunset and evening canoe tours and Mountain Pine Ridge tour.

Location & Directions

Cayo District, Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is set along the banks of the Macal River and reaching towards the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It is a short drive from San Ignacio Town.

When to go

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

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