As a private 365-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, this Belize Resort has provided a unique adventure travel experience for thousands of people while maintaining an unspoiled ambiance. The lodge caters to the traveler looking for both physical and intellectual challenges, and our range of programs and activities have been designed to stimulate interest in the environment, culture and archaeology of Belize.
For over 30 years Chaa Creek has been providing a comfortable base for exciting inland adventures for thousands of visitors, from explorers, scientists, filmmakers, research groups, students and people of all ages looking for intellectual and physical stimulation in Belize's vibrant rainforest – the heartland of the Maya.
This private 365-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains 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. Guests are literally surrounded by one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, and we are committed to ensuring that it remains vibrant and unspoilt for generations to come.
Life at the Lodge at Chaa Creek
Any rewarding adventure is enhanced by comfortable accommodations and excellent food. 23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night's sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up, and guests can choose from a variety of accommodations such as the Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. The Lodge is also proud to have one of the best restaurants in Belize, and the hilltop spa and airy jungle bar ensure complete relaxation after a day filled with discovery and adventure.
Travelers share stories and relax at the verandah bar before enjoying delicious meals in the Chaa Creek restaurant. Guests interact with nature while exploring the river, miles of well-maintained forest trails, Maya temple sites, and through activities such as hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching.
Chaa Creek Dining
At the Chaa Creek restaurant, modern and 'old fashioned' cooking techniques are combined with a wide variety of fresh local produce to create innovative and original, mouthwatering meals. Most of the produce is produced at the lodge's organic Maya farm or is ‘hand picked' from local producers. Spoil your taste buds and enjoy delectable 'Jungle Cuisine' in the romantic al fresco dining room. Enjoy the sounds of birds quarreling in the surrounding trees in the daytime, and listen to the symphony of night sounds while dining under candlelight.
Start your day light with a selection of tropical fruits and home made yogurt, or go local and try a more substantial breakfast of refried beans, eggs and freshly prepared corn tortillas. For lunch you can choose from international dishes like pizzas and pastas accompanied by some regional favorites like quesadillas and tamales.
Apart from the a la carte menu at dinner time the Chef's daily four course connoisseur menu is highly recommended, which for many guests is one of the highlights of the day. Innovative dishes like carrot and ginger soup flavored with orange peel and lemon grass, cho cho and cantaloupe salad with mango and balsamic dressing, or fresh fish fillet wrapped in 'Santa Maria' leaves sprinkled with lime butter are just a few examples of what you can expect to find in this menu. At the end of your day try a refreshing Sorrel Flower ice tea, a non-alcoholic signature drink, or a wide selection of delicious cocktails at the verandah bar where you can gaze at the stars and share stories with other guests. Bartenders will happily entertain you with tales of their beloved country while the bar has in stock the best selection of spirits in the country and is open from six in the morning until the last guest leaves at night.
This jungle lodge has 23 comfortable palm-thatched cottage rooms including two Garden Suites or a Complete Garden Suite with Jacuzzi, two Tree Top Jacuzzi Suites, an Orchard and Spa Villa and a Macal Cottage with Jacuzzi, all nestled along the riverside in a setting of unmatched beauty and tranquility. Accommodations include something for everyone, from that long awaited family adventure vacation to couples and honeymooners looking for something special, singles seeking new experiences, or friends sharing an adventure.
Each 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. Cottage interiors are designed to compliment the natural beauty of the jungle surroundings. All rooms feature private sundeck verandas from which to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest, and dazzling hummingbirds are frequent visitors.
You will also encounter the friendly staff which will show that they value your stay as much as you do. Friendly service is always available without being obtrusive. And at Chaa Creek, you'll discover how green sustainable practices are practiced while still offering full amenities and wildly civilized, rustic elegance.
Activities at Chaa Creek
Chaa Creek Nature Reserve's miles of lush, well maintained trails are perfect for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking, and licensed guides are here to help you explore Belize's natural history including the fascinating Maya civilization, which once thrived in this area. Canoe trips down the beautiful Macal River are a relaxing way to travel through the jungle, and with the Natural History Center, Butterfly Farm, Rainforest Medicine Trail and numerous activities, your days at Chaa Creek are wonderfully full. And for exquisite pampering, there's always the Hilltop Spa with stunning views and professional treatments guaranteed to soothe the spirit. The lodge also offers carefully designed tours that open up the fascinating world of Belize, from inland Maya archaeological treasures to the stunning Barrier Reef, beautiful cayes and coastal resorts and villages. Please explore the links above for more details about the numerous activities available at Chaa Creek.
Chaa Creek Cares
Rest assured that a stay at Chaa Creek contributes towards sustainable and culturally responsible tourism with many award winning approaches towards creating a green experience such as community outreach and educational programs, conservation stewardship, sustainable green developments and many environmental tourism projects. As one example, under the Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of all accommodation revenue goes straight into environmental and social programs, and in supporting Green and community groups. You'll sleep better knowing that your stay at Chaa Creek has a positive effect on Belize from this very special pristine natural environment.