October 28, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Chan Chich Lodge in Gallon Jug, Belize
Enchanting pristine rainforest envelops you, entering into the mythical grounds of an ancient Mayan site, brilliant sunny skies shining over northwestern Belize, and the Chan Chich Lodge welcomes you to tropical paradise. Situated in the deep center of the Mayan Rainforest, on the expansive private nature reserve of Gallon Jug Estate, the 12 cabanas and beautiful villa are a true escape from the modern world. Exotic hardwoods, tiled floors, and open, spacious rooms make up each cabana, complete with plush beds, luxury bathrooms, and walk-in closets. Wooden jalousies create two distinct settings, with a bright charm when opened and a cool, relaxing oasis when closed. Wraparound verandas seamlessly blend your own space with the natural beauty of the forest, with hammocks that provide the perfect place to relax on a warm afternoon. Experience the beauty of Belize and the untouched wonder of the rainforest with your stay at Chan Chich Lodge.
Bordered by Mexico in the north, Guatemala in the west, and the Caribbean in the east, the rainforest of Belize is an adventure unto itself. Explore the lush foliage, vibrant flowers, and stunning animal life with a hike along the nine-mile trail system around the lodge. Take a bird watching trip and glimpse over 350 species of beautiful birds, then ride horseback through mystic trails to Punta de Cacao. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a canoe on Laguna Verde, then visit the wetland habitats of Laguna Seca and Sylvester Village. Take in the rainforest and the country's amazing history all at once with day trips to archaeological sites throughout the reserve. Venture out to La Milpa, within the Rio Bravo Conservation Area, and gaze upon four pyramids, the main one rising high on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, then travel to Lamanai, a city that flourished for 3,000 years where, at its height, was home to 35,000. Return to your villa after a thoroughly astounding day, and visit the lodge to dine on delicious traditional Belizean cuisine as the sun sets over the rainforest. With the night coming to life, every bit as vibrant as the day, settle yourself into a hammock, sipping a cocktail, and listen to the gentle sounds of timeless wonder.
Location of Chan Chich Lodge
Nearest Airport: BZE
Amenities for Chan Chich Lodge
- General Information
- 13 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Gift Shop
- Outdoor Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Mini Bar
- Private Verandas
- Walk-In Closets
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
Reviews for Chan Chich Lodge
If you love adventure, this is the place for you! Our family drove in ourselves - a 3.5 hour drive from Belize City and airport-- 2 hours from civilization - which guarantees a real jungle experience in a true 5 star setting. Service is flawless- Diana at check in, Jose serving meals, guides Ruben and Louis - all gifted at their jobs and made you feel right at home without being invasive. The food (and chef) is extraordinary as well- from San Miguel eggs for breakfast, ceviche lunch, to local Ribeye or curry shrimp for dinner- each bite was a treat! (Although my husband notes prices for meals and drinks reflect the difficulty of getting it there) but the activities are truly the highlight of the whole thing - an historic walk with Reuben, kids went canoeing on a lake, birding with Louis- amazing! But highlight was the night drive - a MUST do! The cabins are lovely and we found the bath to have 2 sinks, so large enough for a whole family. The only cons: No A/C in cabin so pack a good attitude :) The drive is tough- we had 2 flats as we drove so be sure to check the spare tire and have food/water in the car with you before you go Tips: if you are driving in go through Belmopan and then stop for lunch/shopping at Orange Gallery just east of Blackman Eddy- great shopping, good food, clean bathrooms, and helpful staff! We rented from Hertz and found them very helpful when we had our flat tires- make sure you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and are driving during daylight hours Bring bug spray, walking clothes, lots of changes and a swimsuit- the pool at Chan Chich is absolutely amazing - clean and refreshing after an exciting hike in the jungle. We want to go back!
Momof2travelers - St. Louis, Missouri
We stayed here for 5 nights towards the end of our trip in Belize. We arrived during a rare quiet week for them, we were the only guests for 2 days and even after that guests were few. Even if the lodge was full I am sure that the service would have been superb, but being the only guests initially we were truly spoiled rotten. The accommodation is excellent, food was carefully prepared, cooked and presented well by the young Asian chef (apologies for not remembering his name) who had only been there a few months at that stage. The guides and trips we took were excellent. The quides were extremely knowledgeable and it was obvious how much they enjoyed their work and were very proud of their country and the abundance of wildlife they were able to track for us to see. The wildlife highlights have to be the amazing numbers of birdlife we were able to see, humming birds, swallow tailed kite, spectacled owls, parrots, Montezuma oropendola (personal favourite of the bird sightings), crocodiles, close encounters with the Howler and Spider monkey troups who visited the lodge area and surrounding walks. If anything the staff were as excited as us when we came back from trips and talked about what we had seen. There was a blackboard to identify and record species which became quite competitive towards the end of our stay there!! But the highlights of the stay for me has to have been the early morning sighting of a puma in open ground heading back into the jungle- just superb, and the curious adolescent howler monkey who came down from the trees to inspect us on one of our walks, think he was trying to impress the 'ladies' back up in the canopy with his bravery Fantastic place to stay, great staff, guides, trips and comfort. If you can - a must experience when visiting Belize
ChristineDffn - Manchester, United Kingdom
This will be one of my all time favourite places that I have stayed at. I love birding and watching wildlife and there were great opportunities on the discovery package. The guides were all great, knowledgeable and equipped with spotters. They seemed as delighted as us to locate a roosting spectacled owl, a soaring swallow tailed kite or the early morning puma. If you don't mind getting up at 5am you are in for a treat. We also got up close and personal to a young howler monkey who came within 12 feet of where we stood. That was a particular highlight. The food is local, fresh and prepared with care and the chef catered for my vegetarian requests skilfully. We had some lovely meals. The cottages are beautiful and have the added personal touch of staff discretely turning down beds during the evening. The environment is well cared for, with paths and trails - attracting animals and birds close to the cottages. The pool is a nice facility especially in May when it was very hot and humid.
SueH2000 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Food and accommodation first rate. You really go here for the wildlife, which is abundant. I thought the guides were fantastic. There are plenty of options regarding activities but what I really loved was being able to walk along the trails alone. I would It is a very special place and I will be back one day!
LondonFifi - London
Coming from South Africa where I have stayed in many lodges of varying luxury and locations and had many wildlife and birding opportunities i didn't know what to expect. I was not disappointed. Chan Chich is a wonderful place - we extended our stay by one night to 3 and wished we had stayed for 4 nights. The place is magical and the accommodation is very nice in beautiful gardens and jungle. If you are like me and need air-conditioning stretch to the the two bedroom villa the only air - conditioned unit with its own jacuzzi and lounge. Even though we were there in June we saw plenty of birds - apparently the serious birders visit in January and February. We dint see the cats but they have jaguar, puma ,ocelot and other wild cats. We saw howler and spider monkeys and plenty of deer. The walks through the jungle are great. We were fortunate enough to coincide our visit with an archeological team from Texas Tech University who were unearthing parts of the Mayan city - the lodge is on the original plaza - that has been covered for centuries. We had a very interesting talk on Mayan history and another talk on the history of logging which was most informative. There is horse riding and paddling on a lake if one doesn't want to chill at the pool. The staff are excellent, attentive and very friendly .The birding guides are excellent. What a relaxing place with interesting guests. Chan Chich is a must on any visit to Belize.A great place for families ,couples and lovers of wildlife.
Francis B - Knysna, South Africa