Pooks Hill Lodge

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A view of the cabanas at Pook's Hill Lodge
Cosy up in your room at Pook's Hill Lodge
Julia Kocubinski
Beautiful place to hang out at Pooks
Swim in the Roaring River at Pook's Hill Lodge
Jenny Johnston
Cabanas at Pook's Hill Lodge
Double accomodations at Pook's Hill Lodge
Family-style dining at Pook's Hill Lodge
Take the walkway to Pook's Hill birding cabanas
Monika Sundem
Hiking to the ATM cave from Pook's Hill
Bird's eye view of the entire Pook's Hill Lodge property

Additional Activites at Pook's Hill

Day Tours (additional fees may apply)
Pre-booking tours is recommended and there is no guarantee of a tour's availability without prior booking arrangements. Some tours may not be available at certain times of the year due to weather conditions. Tours require a minimum of 2 persons.

ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM Cave)
This tour combines nature hiking, caving adventure, and a magical trip into the Maya underworld, making it one of the most popular adventure tours in Western Belize. A two mile hike along the Roaring River and through the rainforest of the Tapir Mountain Preserve leads you the entrance of the cave where an experienced guide will take you on a journey into Xibalba (the Maya underworld). Exploring this geologically fascinating cave is a treat all its own but the main attraction is the main chamber, which was a Maya ceremonial and burial ground. This is a once in a life-time experience not to be missed! (Please note that this is a strenuous tour and is not appropriate for all people.)

XUNANTUNICH & MACAL RIVER CANOEING
Enjoy a morning of canoeing on the Macal River with a naturalist guide spotting wildlife such as Iguanas and water birds along the way. Then go out to lunch at a local restaurant and sample some Belizean food. In the afternoon, cross the Mopan River via a hand winched ferry at the Maya Village of San Jose Succotz for a visit to Xunantunich, Belize's most accessible Maya site of significance. The site's dominant structure, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor, making the views from the top superb, with forest stretching out all around and the rest of the ancient city mapped out beneath you. This tour is consistently popular with all of our guests and is great for families with children.

XUNANTUNICH & CAHAL PECH ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Visit the Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya sites. Overlooking the town of San Ignacio is Cahal Pech, the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Maya family during the classic periods. It offers a panoramic outlook of the town and the Belize River Valley below. Go out to lunch at a local restaurant in between site visits and sample some Belizean food.

BARTON CREEK CAVE & GREEN HILLS BUTTERFLY RANCH:
In this leisurely tour you explore the Barton Creek Cave formations aboard your canoe as you slowly paddle through the cave passage. After the cave, head over to the nearby Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, where you will experience Belize's biggest and best butterfly exhibit. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the ranch and then discover the beautiful butterflies of Belize. The knowledgeable staff will present an excellent synopsis of the butterfly life cycle but the main attraction is the enclosed flight area where scores of gorgeous tropical butterflies flutter around you. This tour is fun for all ages and highly recommended for families with children.

BARTON CREEK CAVE
For a shorter trip, visit the Barton Creek Cave without going to Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

GREEN HILLS BUTTERFLY RANCH
Don't like the idea of being in a dark cave? Visit Green Hills Butterfly Ranch without going to the Barton Creek Cave.

TIKAL MAYA TEMPLES AND THE MAYA BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Surcharge may apply
This tour is a must to see in this part of the world! Tikal is one of the most famous and impressive Maya sites in Mesoamerica with over 3,000 structures and several of the tallest temples in the Maya World. Nestled high up on the hills in the heart of Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, the tours is a perfect combination of archaeology and jungle wildlife. A knowledgeable Tikal expert will give you a glimpse into the past of one of the world's most impressive early civilizations and help you to spot the howler monkeys, spider monkeys, oscillated turkeys, coatis and other amazing wildlife that frequent this massive jungle park.

CARACOL MAYA TEMPLES
Surcharge may apply
Caracol is the largest Maya site in Belize and covers some 35 sq miles, with 36,000 structures marked so far. Restoration at this a massive Maya City is ongoing. A day trip to the site takes you on through the Mountain Pine Ridge deep in the folds of the Maya Mountains. Time permitting, your guide will take you to some of the sites in the Mountain Pine Ridge on the journey home.

CAVE TUBING AT THE JAGUAR PAW
Anyone who can appreciate hiking and will enjoy floating through caves and majestic jungle on inner tubes will love this trip. A short hike through the jungle leads you to where you "put-in" to the Cave's Branch River with your inner tubes. From there, enjoy a float through a series of caves with glimpses of the towering rainforest in between. This cave trip is a fun-filled tour for all age groups.

ZIP LINE TOUR AT THE JAGUAR PAW
A thrilling opportunity to soar through the jungle treetops high above the forest floor.

BLACK HOLE DROP
Surcharge may apply
This highly adventurous tour has been described as "a rush like no other!" The tour begins with a steep hike over jungles laden limestone hills that leads up, up and up to the edge of a collapsed cave system that has high forest growing out of the center and opens into massive caverns on either end. Here your skilled team of guides will prepare you to "ease" your way over the lip of cave and repel the 300 feet down into the collapsed cavern's floor. You control the pace of your descent which allows you the choice to savor the view as you pass through layers of the canopy on your way to the ground or zip down in one thrilling rush! This tour is not recommended for the faint of heart.

CRYSTAL CAVE
A guided exploration into this very spectacular cave system will take you miles through huge caverns that are adorned with crystalline formations. This is a fairly rigorous cave adventure.

MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE
Travel up into the Maya Mountains to experience Belize's pine forest ecosystem and some of the impressive water formations that appear where many of Western Belize's lowland rivers have their head-waters. Visit the Rio Frio Cave, swim at Rio On Pools, and visit 1000 ft falls. If there is time, you can stop at the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch on your journey back to Pook's.

BLUE HOLE JUNGLE TRAILS
Along the scenic Hummingbird Highway is the Blue Hole National Park, where an underground tributary of the Sibun River bubbles to the surface and fills a deep limestone sinkhole about 33 meters deep. Jungle trails through the national park take you up to a viewpoint, overlooking the surrounding area.