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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.
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On-Site Activities at Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek’s nature reserve is an adventure in itself and offers a range of exciting, educational and healthy activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. 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 Centre, 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.

Guided and self-guided tours wind gently above the bank of the Macal River past medicinal plants and introduce visitors to many of the plants and herbs used in traditional Maya medicine. See and learn about vines that store drinking water, plants that helps abate malaria, aid diabetics, cleanse the blood, plus many more.
Departures: Every hour from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Duration: 1-1 1/2 hours
Fitness: Basic

With 308 species of resident and migratory birds, the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve offers some of the best bird watching in Belize. Early Morning Bird Watching tours will take you around the 365 private acre nature reserve where professional naturalist guides, who are trained and knowledgeable birders, will assist you in spotting many of the tropical avian species that abound in western Belize. Daily guided birding tours are also offered to different nature reserves around the Cayo District.
Departures: Early Morning: 6:30am
Duration: 2 hours
Fitness: Average to good

The Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm continues to be a major attraction as people marvel at the splendid iridescent wings of these magnificent butterflies. The "Belizean Blue" can be observed during every stage of their life cycle. It begins its cycle as a pale green egg, which looks like a dewdrop, soon after it changes into a voraciously hungry caterpillar, then into the bizarre form of a dormant pupa, and finally into a dazzling beauty that delights the public in butterfly houses throughout the world.
Departures: Every hour from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Duration: 1/2 hour
Fitness: Basic

Rent a canoe for exploring the Macal River. Take a trip upstream, paddling up as far as you wish before leisurely drifting back to Chaa Creek. Head downstream on the pristine Macal River as it flows from its headwaters in the Maya Mountains on its endless journey to the Caribbean Sea. Paddle and explore on your own or relax and enjoy the wonders of nature with a professional naturalist guide. Canoe tours to numerous sites on the Macal river can also be arranged.
Departures: Anytime before 2:00pm
Duration: 2-3 hours
Fitness: Moderate

The Belize Eco Resort has a picturesque trail network that will take you to many different areas of the 365-acre forest reserve. All of the trails are numbered as shown on a comprehensive trail map. For your comfort, hiking boots or tennis shoes and sunscreen or a cap are suggested. Feel free to explore on your own and at your leisure or join a guided tour and interact with an exotic tropical environment.
Departures: Anytime
Duration: varies
Fitness: Moderate to Good

Join the creatures of the night and experience the undiscovered side of the rainforest! Experienced and knowledgeable naturalist guides will take you through trails populated by Ocelots, Howler Monkeys, Tarantulas, Patoos, Jaguarundis and many more intriguing rainforest residents. The exotic beauty of the tropical night comes alive with troops of fireflies dancing through the trees, decorating the river valley below. The light from your head lamp may capture a surprised inhabitant, while a special ultraviolet light illuminates phosphorescent insects busy at work!
Departures: 8:00pm
Duration: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Fitness: Basic to Moderate

Local market days are great opportunities to experience Belizean life and colour, and this is certainly true for Cayo where every Saturday the market area comes alive with its own multicultural blend of colors, sounds, flavors and foodstuffs. This is the day when farmers and almost everyone comes into San Ignacio town to buy, sell, trade, gossip and generally catch up. If you want to experience real Western Belize life, this is the place, and what a pleasant, heady experience it is. Vendors from nearby and remote communities contribute to the melodic mix of Maya, Creole, English and Spanish while Mennonite farmers can be heard conversing in German. Your market day experience begins with a picturesque, downstream canoe trip down the meandering Macal River where a variety of birds and exotic jungle life can be seen along the verdant banks. The market experience begins at the canoe landing adjacent to the marketplace where a tour will familiarize you with the area before allowing you to experience everything at your own pace. The day ends with a lovely ride back to Chaa Creek, but this unique experience is guaranteed to stay with you for a long time.
Departures: 8:00am
Duration: Full day
Fitness: Moderate

Chaa Creek maintains a stable of well-groomed riding horses that are suited for all levels of riding experience. Guided rides traverse the trails of the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve through sub-tropical broadleaf forest past ancient Maya sites. As you ride along, your naturalist guide will highlight the various unique plant and wildlife species native to the reserve. Optional rides to the Maya Organic Farm and Belize Botanic Gardens may also be arranged.
Departures: Daily tours at 9:00am and 1:30pm
Duration: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Fitness: Moderate

The 33 acre Maya Organic Farm is an integral part of the Chaa Creek Reserve. It provides freshly harvested produce for The Lodge at Chaa Creek and the Macal River Camp. The farm integrates traditional Maya farming with more advanced systems of irrigated raised beds of composted soil fed with nutrients derived from natures store house. As part of the many onsite activities offered guided horseback riding tours to the Maya Farm allow guests the opportunity to experience how the Maya farmed. They can see all the different fruits and vegetables that are grown and the different organic farming methods. Freshly harvested organic fruits and vegetables from our traditional Maya Farm are complimented by local dairy and meat products to create a distinct flavor of the Caribbean and Latin American region.
Departures: Varies, typically combined with horseback excursions
Duration: Half day
Fitness: Moderate

A team of experienced and specially trained naturalist guides will lead the way and share their extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna that you will encounter as you experience the sights and sounds of the tropical jungle. The trail system was designed to provide enjoyable cycling for riders of all experience levels. The designated routes will provide an exciting opportunity for beginners and adventurous thrills for the seasoned biker. In addition to the on-site trail system, guided tours are offered to many of the spectacular attractions of the Cayo District such as to the ancient Maya site of Xunantunich and then on to Clarissa Falls along the Mopan River.
Departures: 8:00am
Duration: Varies - 4 1/2 hours to full day
Fitness: Moderate to Good

The Chaa Creek Natural History Centre, situated at the top of the hill behind the cottages, takes students and visitors along a fascinating time line, which begins with prehistoric land formation through to the shifting of the continents. Visitors are able to see the movement of life in Belize through the ages; from Mayan temples in the steaming jungle to modern day traditional healers. A comprehensive introduction to the history and geography of Belize is on display along with visual displays of archaeological artifacts, butterflies, moths, insects and amphibians that capture the curiosity of young children, students and scientists alike. The forested area surrounding the Centre has become an educational destination which, combined with the Rainforest Medicine Trail, this offers an excellent opportunity to study medicinal and useful plants.
Departures: Guided tours at 8:00am and 1:00pm
Duration: Half day
Fitness: Moderate

To truly immerse yourself in the Belizean rainforest experience, take time out to enjoy the benefits of professional spa treatments in one of the most stunning, relaxing settings imaginable. The Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek is set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean Rainforest – an extraordinary, peaceful setting enhanced by the background music of tropical birds and gentle rustling of leaves. Professional therapists will help you select from a range of treatments to create a personalized Spa experience guaranteed to put you in harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings – and yourself.

You’ll also be happy to know that your Chaa Creek Spa treatments don’t come at a cost to the natural environment. As with all onsite operations, the Spa lives in harmony with the natural surroundings with scrupulous attention paid to product selection and waste management. Natural, herbal based approach sets an example for sustainable, environmentally friendly spas. Naturally mineral rich mud treatments, herbal wraps and carefully chosen botanicals, sourced as locally as possible, enrich you without depleting the earth. Pamper yourself with a Chaa Creek Spa experience and see what jungle luxury really feels like – it will be another once-in-a-lifetime Belizean experience.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is making a splash with the latest addition to its 365-acre nature reserve. A new beautifully appointed, fresh water swimming pool has been added to the numerous onsite activities that Chaa Creek offers, and combines to make Chaa Creek an extra special holiday destination. The eco-friendly swimming pool was built with both adults and children in mind. Its bi-level configuration allows for swimming and paddling pools, as well as generous lounging space for dining, sun bathing and relaxation.

Belize Tours from Chaa Creek

Carefully designed tours open up the fascinating world of Belize, from inland Maya archaeological treasures to the stunning Barrier Reef, beautiful cayes and coastal resorts and villages. As one of the largest and most experienced tour operators in Belize, the lodge can arrange an itinerary to any part of Belize, including the coast and cayes, as well as to Peten, Guatemala, to suit a wide variety of individual interests. The combination of on-site familiarization programs, activities and comprehensive knowledge of Belize makes Chaa Creek the perfect choice for experiencing this fascinating part of the world.

Your full day experience in one of Belize's nature reserves will amaze you when you see the drastic change from Broad-Leaf Forest to Pine Forest. The granite base and limestone overlay of the Maya Mountains form the oldest landmass in Central America and contain the cool pine forests (Pinus caribaea) of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Within this 300 square mile forest reserve you will encounter an entirely different tropical ecosystem along with its unique flora and fauna. Your adventure starts from Chaa Creek at 8:00 a.m. and in only 90 minutes you will be admiring the 1000-ft. Waterfall. You will then drive down to the Rio Frio Cave where you can marvel at the awesome corrosive power that water has on Karst Limestone. However, this is not the only attraction at this cave; there is also evidence of Mayan visitation inside! At the end of the day's trek, refreshing swims in the cascading waters of the Rio On pools will sooth tired muscles and rejuvenate the spirit.
Departures: 8:00am
Duration: Full day
Fitness: Moderate

Many people enjoy the ease and freedom of snorkeling in the warm clear tropical waters of Belize’s Caribbean reef and seacoast, where some of the most beautiful underwater scenes are to be found in the better lit and more abundant shallower waters. The world heritage listed Belize barrier reef as one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, made up of over 100 coral species and home to some 500 species of fish and hundreds of invertebrates. As far back as 1842 Charles Darwin called it, "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies", and it is no less stunning today.

This one day snorkeling adventure takes visitors on a drive along the lovely Hummingbird Highway over the Maya Mountains and down to Belize's southern coast to the traditional Garifuna town of Dangriga, where a boat ferries guests to picturesque and unspoilt South Water Caye for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, beach combing and delicious island food. Optional bottom fishing may also be added to this day tour.
Departures: 6:00am
Duration: Full day, return to the lodge approximately 7pm
Fitness: Moderate

The Zoo began in 1983 when Sharon Matola started caring for animals that were left here after a movie and soon unwanted pets and injured animals were also donated to the Zoo. Many of the residents are endangered species such as the Jaribu Stork, Scarlet Macaw, Jaguar, Margay, and black Howler Monkey. Shortly after the “backyard zoo” began, it was quickly realized that Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife in their country. This very aspect enkindled the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center. Today, the Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all natives to Belize. A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.
Departures: Can be combined with transfers to or from Chaa Creek or several tours
Duration: 2 hours
Fitness: Basic

Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most impressive and artifact-rich Maya ceremonial caves ever found, containing rare bloodletting altars used in sacrifices by Maya royalty and over 1400 catalogued artefacts as well as sacrificial human remains. The ATM Cave is home to the famous “Crystal Maiden” the intact skeleton of a young female that, due to a covering of calcium carbonate, sparkles eerily in the lamp light.

Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of Belize’s most impressive adventure experiences. After an hour and fifteen minute drive from Chaa Creek Resort there is a 45 minute hike that includes three stream crossings before you arrive at Actun Camp for lunch.

Swim into the mouth and then wade through ankle to chest high water before climbing to a labyrinth of dry chambers which lead to the cathedral-like main hall, a towering chamber 350 metres in length and 50mteres wide and filled with artefacts and sacrificial remains. After this another climb takes you to the stone sepulchre (after which the cave is named) where the Crystal Maiden lies. This is an extraordinary Belize adventure and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries.
Departures: 8:00am
Duration: Full day
Fitness: Moderate to Good
Note: Children under 12 are not permitted to do this tour

Glide through a remote underground water cave system in a canoe equipped with powerful spotlights. It is believed that the Maya once used this cave for ritual burials. Access to this cave is through a picturesque Mennonite farm community. While canoeing through the cave see large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts left behind by the Maya centuries ago. Swim in its cool waters by a small waterfall inside the cave. From the cave's entrance it's about a mile through the cave to the stopping point.
Departures: 8:00am and 1:00pm
Duration: Half day
Fitness: Basic to Moderate

Caves tell the history of Belize, having been an intricate part of the Maya religion and culture. The Maya used caves as ceremonial sites and evidence of these activities can be found for substantial distances inside these caves. Relics, principally in the form of shards of pottery, are very common. Combine river cave tubing and cave exploration on this adventure where you explore spectacular crystal formations over 5,000,000 years old that cast eerie shadows into the black abyss as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya.
Departures: 7:30am
Duration: Full day
Fitness: Moderate

El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna is located north of Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from San Ignacio. El Pilar means, "pillara" in Spanish, and it was named after an army camp in the area. El Pilar lies in an area that had been cultivated for many years with numerous farms. The site is located on high terrain, giving the visitor a beautiful view across the Belize River Valley.

El Pilar is the largest Classical Maya sites in the Belize River Valley, with a well-defined ceremonial section, including both private and public areas. There are at least 15 courtyards or plazas covering an area of 50 acres. The center has one ball court in the south, a major palace in the north, and a sacbe (causeway) leading to Guatemala. Tikal in Guatemala is only 48 kilometers (32 miles) from El Pilar.
Departures: 8:00am and 1:00pm
Duration: Half day
Fitness: Moderate

Tikal, the crown jewel of Maya archaeological sites, has been fascinating visitors for over 100 years with its stunning beauty and sheer grandeur as it rises out of the lush jungle of Guatemala’s Petén district.

Once the sprawling capital of one of the greatest empires of the ancient Maya, Tikal was established well before the time of Christ. It flourished during the Maya Classic period of 200 to 900 AD and was the most important city state in the Maya region before suddenly falling into decline in the late 800s.

Today, Tikal is an UNESCO world heritage area and national park, with 222 sq mi (576 sq km) area of unspoiled natural beauty and home to many exotic animals, including tapir, jaguar, crocodile, cougars, monkeys, coati mundi and other species as well as a colourful assortment of birds. It is the largest excavated site in the American continent, containing over 3000 structures and massive, beautiful temples rising 70 meters (230 feet) out of the dense jungle. Tikal presents a rare opportunity to explore one of the world’s most interesting ancient cities in a relaxed, breathtaking setting.

Tours to Tikal from Chaa Creek include a lovely 2 ½ hour drive through rural Guatemala with knowledgeable guides on hand to point out interests and make history come alive. Full day and overnight tours are available to give visitor a well rounded, in depth experience of this fascinating, enigmatic culture.
Departures: 7:00am
Duration: Full day or overnight tours
Fitness: Moderate to Good

Xunantunich or Maiden of the Rock is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz. This major ceremonial center can be reached by ferry daily and it is only 1.5 Kilometer (one mile) from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River. This Classic Period site provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. El Castillo rises 40 meters above plaza level, making it one of the tallest buildings in Belize. On this structure there are two temples. The lower temple is famous for its large stucco frieze. A mask with larger ears probably represents the sun god. Next to this mask, there is a moon sign with a border of signs representing Venus.
Departures: Anytime between 8:00am and 3:00pm
Duration: Half day
Fitness: Moderate

Located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the largest known Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya world. Caracol was a Classic Period urban center that spread out over 55 square miles with an estimated population of 180,000 people. Caracol's enormous central core area covered 15 square miles and was linked together by more than 20 miles of "sacbeobs" (causeways) that radiated outward from its epicenter. The temple "Caana" rises 42 meters above plaza level and to this day is the largest man-made structure in Belize. Over 70 formal tombs have been excavated and many hieroglyphic texts have been found on stelea, altars, and ball court markers, capstones and wall facades. Ocellated Turkeys are one of the many wildlife species that you will find in this area. This region is also known as an excellent location for birding.
Departures: 7:30am
Duration: Full day (can be combined with Mountain Pine Ridge)
Fitness: Moderate

The Cahal Pech Maya site and Visitor Center are located in the Cayo District on a hill overlooking the beautiful town of San Ignacio. Its closeness to town and the vast contrast from town life to rich jungle environment make Cahal Pech a unique place to visit. The site center is made up of 34 structures located around several courtyards, including temple pyramids and residential buildings. The tallest structure here is 23.5 meters (77 feet) high. There are also 2 ballcourts, 8 stelae and 1 altar. Preliminary investigations carried out in 1988 revealed that Cahal Pech was settled by 1200 B.C. and abandoned around A.D. 850. This makes Cahal Pech one of the earliest Maya sites in the Belize region of the Maya lowlands, contemporaneous with Cuello in the north. A carved monument discovered at Cahal Pech is also the earliest carved stelae yet discovered in the eastern Maya lowlands.
Departures: 8:00am and 1:00pm
Duration: Half day (can be combined with Xunantunich)
Fitness: Moderate

What better way to get there to the lodge than by a thrilling sight-seeing helicopter excursion. There are two different routes to choose for the helicopter transfer from the Belize International Airport to the lodge.

Option 1: Direct Route to Chaa Creek
Your flight first takes you over Macklehanny and Cox Lagoons. Here you might find Black Howler Monkeys roaring from the trees and Jabiru Storks - the largest flying birds in the Americas - wading in the marshes. You then will find yourself gliding over the Belize River with its many twist and turns. As your journey in the sky continues allow your eyes to roam freely over the quaint villages, such as Camelote, Ontario and Cristo Rey, which dots the unspoiled mainland of the Cayo District. Your flight comes to end as you arrive at your final destination – The Lodge at Chaa Creek.

Option 2: Transfer via the Maya Mountains and 1000 ft Falls
Your flight first takes you over the winding Sibun River with its many twist and turns. Then it’s out to the green pastures of the beautiful forests of Belize. Fly over the small but famous bathing spots such as Freetown Sibun, Butcher Burns, Cedar Bank and Gracy Rock Bank. You then fly over Caves Branch, this area encompasses 58,000 acres that are situated beneath a 100 ft rainforest canopy and is bordered by the turquoise waters of Caves Branch River. Ahead of Caves Branch lays the deep forest of Mountain Pine Ridge.

Not long after your eyes start to dazzle at the sparkling water that runs from the largest waterfall in Belize and Central America; called 1000 ft falls. Even though the name suggest otherwise, this waterfall is closer to 1600 feet. You will get a view of the entire falls, which is totally unlike the ground tour where you never get to see the falls in its entirety while floating from above. Your flight then heads west as it glides over the lush unspoiled Mountain Pine Ridge where you will see up to 6 additional waterfalls before arriving to your final destination – The Lodge at Chaa Creek.

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