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Located at the foothills of the Maya Mountains in Belize's Cayo District, Jade Jungle Resort borders the Roaring River and Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. Situated within a 300-acre Private Reserve, it boasts an ancient Maya Plazeula Group. Perfectly positioned at the heart of the country, it serves as an ideal base for exploring Belize's wonders.

Jade Jungle Resort caters to adventurers, researchers, birders, families, and anyone eager to experience Belize's offerings. The adventure begins with a 3/4 mile access road winding through the rainforest, leading to private nature trails adorned with towering Mahogany, Cedar, Strangling Fig, and Ceiba trees. Home to Belizean wildlife like tapirs, jaguars, coatis, and gibnuts, the forest invites exploration and discovery.

Accommodations
The lodge surrounds a small Maya plaza with rolling lawns, leading to a river and jungle. Each of the 11 cabanas has a private bathroom, 24-hour electricity, and a fan. Enjoy a cool drink in the open bar and delicious Caribbean-style cuisine in the lantern-lit dining room.

The thatched cabanas surround a Maya site and overlook the forest canopy and creek below. The bar/veranda is ideal for birding or just relaxing in the tranquil setting.

On-site Activities
Activities at the lodge include birding, hiking, river tubing, and swimming. The lodge is within walking distance from the cave, Actun Tunichil Mucnal, the most adventurous caving expedition in Belize. Cave tubing or canoe tours on the Belize and Macal rivers or tours to Caracol, Tikal, and Xunantunich are also offered.

- Birding
Experience premier birding at Jade Jungle Resort, attracting enthusiasts worldwide. Our expert guides have identified 276 bird species, including rarities and migrants. Immerse yourself in the dawn chorus, traverse swing bridges for bird-level views, and explore trails teeming with avian life.

- Maya Plaza Tour
The Mayans used to inhabit the valley that is now occupied by Jade. The housing units were constructed in the vicinity of a family residential complex known as Plaza or Plazuela. During the tour, our guides will narrate the stories related to the site's restoration and enlighten us about the customs and traditions of these ancient people.

- Hiking
Explore the beautiful trails at your own pace. The lower trails showcase sights of the meadow, tree swings, Bay Palm Loop, Secret Garden, a giant Ceiba tree, and three swimming holes. The upper trails, nestled under the canopy, offer stunning views of towering hardwood trees with various elevations. For safety, remain on designated trails, hydrate adequately, and return before sunset.

- Guided Hiking
For those not confident about exploring the wilderness alone or desiring insights into local flora and fauna, guided hikes with our knowledgeable local guides are available. Despite their modest stature, they possess unparalleled knowledge of the jungle and wildlife.
Join complimentary weekly tours or opt for a private half-day or full-day tour. Tours prioritize simplicity, clarity, and informative content, devoid of unnecessary jargon or legal language. Accessibility for all is ensured by employing everyday language.

- Yoga
Begin your day with a rejuvenating morning yoga session aimed at enhancing physical and mental well-being

- Tower Farms 
The farm boasts 50 aeroponic garden towers and garden boxes, totaling 2,200 growing ports, enabling diverse produce cultivation. Visitors can independently explore the farm, join the weekly complimentary tour for harvesting, or schedule a private tour to learn about our cultivation methods at Jade Jungle Resort.

- Secret Garden
Explore the Bay Palm Loop to uncover The Secret Garden, teeming with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. You can independently explore The Secret Garden anytime or join our weekly complimentary tour for insights and optional harvesting. For a personalized experience, schedule a private tour.

- Massage
Get a massage in a serene jungle setting. Our local therapists offer customized massages in a thatched-roof palapa. Schedule an appointment before your vacation. On-site services are available only by appointment.

- Mayan Cooking Class
Experience the traditional art of handcrafting tamales and tortillas, as practiced by the Mayans. Engage in this hands-on activity, where you'll have the opportunity to make your tortillas and tamales over our traditional fire hearth. Consult the office for the weekly schedule.

- Water Heater Lighting 
Discover the water heating process by signing up to assist our maintenance team for a day. Burn Cohune Nuts in the water heaters daily to maintain warm water temperatures. Check the office for the schedule.
 

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Rooms

Family Cabana
- King and 4 Twin XL Bunks.
Standard Cabana: Hillside
The Hillside Units at Jade Jungle Resort offer a unique and natural experience, with stunning views of the ancient Mayan Plaza and jungle, and the sounds of exotic birds and howler monkeys.
- Interior 275 Sqft (25 Sqm)
- King Bed or 2 Twin XLs
- Ceiling Fan
Boardwalk Cabana
Elevated 12 feet above the jungle floor, offers stunning valley views.
- 400 Total square feet
- 2 King Beds or 4 Twin XLs
- Private Patio
Jungle View
Private thatch roof jungle hut, accessed by a private boardwalk and swing bridge raised above the jungle floor.
- 1 King Bed or 2 Twin XLs
- Private Swing Bridge
- Private Courtyard with Hammocks
- Private Garden

Itineraries

Maya ruins at Xunantunich, Belize
$2,485
EXPLORE

Rainforest and Ruins

5 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Mayan ruins
  • Watch wildlife and canoe Rio Macal
  • Visit Belize's largest cave
Activities:
Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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Xunantunich ruins in Belize
$2,982
EXPLORE

Belize Explorer

6 Day Itinerary
  • View wildlife from the Macal river
  • Venture into the ATM cave
  • Explore the ruins of Tikal
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
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Happy to be touring the Xunantunich ruins!
$1,822
EXPLORE

Belize Rainforest

4 Day Itinerary
  • Explore the Mayan Mountains
  • Visit Actun Muknal Tunichil cave
  • Paddle down the Rio Macal
Activities:
Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Tour Details
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Tikal Ruin in Guatemala
$3,806
EXPLORE

La Ruta Maya

11 Day Itinerary
  • Tour the city of Antigua
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Encounter the pyramids of Tikal
  • Journey into Actun Tunichil Muknal
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Tour Details
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Handling an urchin while snorkeling at Turneffe Flats
$2,984
EXPLORE

Belize Explorer

8 Day Itinerary
  • Canoe down the Rio Macal
  • Adventure through the ATM cave
  • Visit Tikal's towering pyramids
  • Snorkel in clear Caribbean waters
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Fishing, Rainforest Exploration, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Tour Details
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Kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters
$3,965
EXPLORE

Belize Adventure

9 Day Itinerary
  • Kayak Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Zip-line through the jungle
  • Float through a series of caves
  • Explore Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Rainforest Exploration, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing, Ziplining
Activity Level:
Moderate
Tour Details
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Xunantunich ruins in Belize
$2,908
EXPLORE

Beautiful Belize

9 Day Itinerary
  • Discover Mayan ruins
  • Canoe down the Rio Macal
  • Visit the village of Placencia
  • Customize your Belize explorations
Activities:
Fishing, Rainforest Exploration, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing, Ziplining
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Tour Details
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Swimming with sharks
$2,853
EXPLORE

Belize Adventure - Ambergris

8 Day Itinerary
  • Zipline through rainforest canopy
  • Rappel into a collapsed cavern
  • Venture through the ATM cave
  • Snorkel Shark Ray Alley
Activities:
Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing, Ziplining
Activity Level:
Easy Active
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Additional Off-site Activites at Jade Jungle Resort

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR TOURS

All of our tours include lunch. Prices are subject to 12.5% GST, and are priced with a minimum of two people age 12+. Children 0-11 are half-price on all tours except ATM Cave and Caracol. Prices do not guarantee a private tour, please contact us for private tour pricing. Groups of 4-7 adults receive a 10% discount, and groups of 8+ adults receive a 20% discount except for tours to ATM Cave and Caracol. If you are a solo traveler, please contact us for a solo supplement or ask if there is a group you can join. Prices are subject to change. 

TKO FARMS TOUR
Take the TKO Farms tour to learn about the world's largest Soursop farm and many acres of hardwood trees like Teak, Mahogany, and Cedar. You will also get a view of the farm and try some Soursop if it's in season. The tour costs $25/person when coupled with a transfer or added on to another tour, and $50/person if purchased as a stand-alone tour.

PREMIUM TOURS

ACTÚN TUNICHÍL MUKNAL (ATM) CAVE
The Mayan cave near Jade Jungle Resort in Belize is home to thousands of artifacts and human remains. Travel 20 minutes from Jade, hike 1.5 miles with three mild river crossings, swim 30-50 feet, and wade through water for about a mile. Climbing to a 12-15 foot shelf is required. Guests must be at least 5 years old and 40 inches tall with sufficient fitness and balance. 

TIKAL MAYAN CITY
Explore the impressive Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala, featuring over 3,000 excavated structures and a variety of wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will take you through the site and help spot the amazing wildlife.

CARACOL MAYAN CITY
Explore Caracol, the largest Mayan city in Belize, with a guide. Learn its history and climb structures in the 77 sq. miles site occupied from 650 BC to 950 AD.

MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE
Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize has natural water features like Rio On Pools and Big Rock Falls. At Rio On Pools, you can swim and have a picnic lunch. Later, head to Big Rock Falls to admire the falls, swim, or go cliff jumping.

COCKSCOMB BASIN
Explore the 150 Square Miles (400 SqKM) of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. This protected area is home to Victoria Peak, the highest point in Belize at 3,810 Ft. (1,160 M). Enjoy hiking trails, Ben’s Bluff, waterfalls, and birding.

BEACH DAY
Experience a day of beach fun at Jaguar Reef Resort, Hopkins Village in southern Belize! Lounge on nets, rope swing into the ocean, or enjoy the bar at the Big Dock Bar.


HEAD WEST COMBO TOURS
  • XUNANTUNICH MAYAN TEMPLES
  • BARTON CREEK CAVE
  • CAHAL PECH
  • BUTTERFLY RANCH
  • CHOCOLATE MAKING
  • MACAL RIVER CANOEING

HEAD EAST COMBO TOURS
  • CAVE TUBING
  • ZIP LINING
  • BELIZE ZOO
  • ST. HERMAN'S CAVE & BLUE HOLE
  • BELMOPAN MARKET DAY
  • AYALA'S NATURAL POOLS

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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