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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

Chan Chich Lodge
Chan Chich Road
Gallon Jug, Belize

Nearest Airport: BZE

Amenities for Chan Chich Lodge

  • General Information
  • 13 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Library
  • Gift Shop
  • Outdoor Pool
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Mini Bar
  • Private Verandas
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Hammocks
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Nearby
  • Nature Reserve
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure

Reviews for Chan Chich Lodge

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with my family (parents and 14, 10 year olds), and a couple other families. Chan Chich is very isolated; you'll spend all your time at the lodge. Activities include hiking on the surrounding paths, night walks, night drives, bird watching, horseback riding......and that's about it. After a few days, this can get quite old, especially if it's raining a lot and those activities are not always ideal, which happened during our stay. Our length of stay was 4 days, 3 nights, which was just about perfect, in my opinion. Service by the staff was great, they were very accommodating in all areas. I think it was telling that all other residents besides our three families were over 60 and mostly there for bird watching. If you're interested in a greater variety of activities or cuisine, this place will not be for you. Other things to watch out for: - Raining a lot meant the cabin constantly felt damp - The rain also brought out a lot of gnats and mosquitoes. All of us left with many, many red dots on our arms and legs. - The food is good, but gets repetitive quickly, and there are no other options around. I don't regret the visit, but it's not a place I would go back to.

Aaron K - Seattle, Washington

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, my main interest is wildlife photography. Although I enjoy photographing birds, I'm not a birder. While I enjoyed my stay here, I did find it frustrating at times that Chan Chich would have been far more enjoyable if there were programs more geared to photographers. In terms of the facilities, they are very nice. We had a two story cabin that was very nice, though one small thing was that the wall in the top story was common with that of the next cabin, and each room could hear everything the other did and said. The swimming pool is above average for such a resort, and our kids spent a great deal of time splashing there. It's covered with a net, so most bugs didn't find their way in. The food was very good. Breakfast and lunch are from the same menu each day, while dinner differs. We never had a problem with any of the choices and everything was delicious. The staff are very friendly and are more than happy to provide tips about finding the local wildlife. As is typical in Belize, they are overworked - some starting their day at 4:30 AM and finishing at 10 PM. I never had a single issue, but I could definitely tell that many were understandably tired. The guides are great, and in particular Vidal has an amazing eye. This is billed as "the" place in Belize to see big cats, and I believe that's right. We were quite lucky, and I managed to photograph a jaguar while there. At the time they mentioned that it had been a number of months since a tourist saw a jaguar, so they're not that common. Note that if jaguars are what you're interested in, then the Pantanal is where you want to be. In addition, my son saw a margay. One of the night groups saw a puma (which are as I understand relatively common), and there's an ocelot who visits the garbage every night - though I never waited up for it. For birds, I found and photographed many of them. While this is a great place to bird, photographing here is a challenge. Most of the locations are better geared for birders, who like to set up in one central place and look far in the distance. As long as they can identify the bird, they can check it off. We photographers need to get a lot closer, and we're fine with a common bird if it's doing something interesting. A prime example of the difference was during a morning bird drive. For many of the most interesting birds, we parked far away. I would have loved a closer approach (most wildlife will let a vehicle get quite close), but my request was refused. Another time we drove right under a turkey vulture that was spreading its wings. The shot would have been very good, but the others refused to stop because the bird was too common. My biggest ask would be for a photo safari, where the driver is more aware of lighting conditions and approaches individual birds closer, while spending less time in fields where the birds are just specks in the distance. I should note though that I was pretty much the only photographer there at the time, so perhaps there are other resorts in Belize that cater more to us. Every other guest at the time was well over 60 and a birder. Our kids did the horseback riding twice and loved it. We did the night drive and night walk several times. On the night drive we found a number of owls, which was very interesting, and tons of deer. On another drive we found several snakes, including a fer-de-lance (we saw three of them around the lodge). On the walk the guide found a snake. We did another group walk ourselves and found many interesting spiders, a millipede, centipede, and a gecko. Note that you should be very careful during night walks because the fer-de-lance is very common, though no tourist has ever been bitten by one there. Overall we had a good time. We spent six nights, which I feel were two nights too many. After four days my wife was tired of evicting spiders from our luggage, the kids had tired of the environs, and I had most of the shots I needed.

kirispupis - Seattle

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the Belize rain forest, near the Guatemala and Mexico borders, sitting amid the ancient Mayan structures of Chan Chich is a collection of twelve cabanas and the lodge building. We were greeted upon exiting our transport from Belize City by the manager and his assistant. The manager, Mr. Amet Dixit, made us feel both at home and his special guest. The elevated cabanas are well constructed and flying bug proofed. A mini-fridge was stocked with water, juice, pop, and the local beer Belikin. The lodge building has a very good bar and restaurant. Dine in or out. The breakfast and lunch menus are provided a good variety and stayed the same daily. The dinner menu changes nightly, and is read to you by the wait staff. The chef's choices reflect the Belize culture and features fresh locally produced food. Much of the food comes from the Gallon Jug farm just minutes away. The kitchen produces fresh ice cream every day….YUM Get out and take a personally guided walk or tour of local sites, including lots of bird watching, hikes and visits to ruins. All of the guides are locally born and very knowledgeable. This is an English speaking country, but most guides speak Spanish and Maya. I can't say enough to fully complement the entire staff at Chan Chich. Each and every one seems to know your name upon sight. The manager, Amet, takes his job personally. Our comfort and happiness was his prime concern. WE LOVE CHAN CHICH LODGE AND EVERY ONE THERE

Neil B - Centennial, Colorado, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Deb and I have stayed at a lot of places in our travels but we found Chan Chich Lodge to be an unexpected treasure in the heart of Gallon Jug estate located in the remote north western corner of Belize. Not really knowing what to expect, we did a Hail Mary and booked a few nights along with best friends of ours from the Twin Cities, MN, deciding to split our Belize trip in two parts: half jungle and half beach. We booked our single prop plane ride through Javier's Air Service to fly us from Belize City to Chan Chich Lodge and found our pilot, Mark, to in an incredible guide as well as pilot. Well done Mark - we thank you. When we arrived at Gallon Jug airstrip we were greeted by Rubin, a guide from the lodge who gave us a detailed overview of the property and the Bowen family's dedication to conservation. It's an amazing story to hear about the Bowen's and their impact on Belize as they play a major role in the economic engine that drives the country. A short trip through the jungle with Rubin brought us to the lodge where we were warmly greeted by the manager Ahmed (hope I got your name right)) and Annabella who is the fulfillment manager of the lodge who showed us to our cottages. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to begin to describe all we experienced over the next four days. The grounds are immaculate, the quality of the lodge's construction is astounding, the food is farm-to-table and wonderful but the best part has to be the people who work and believe in Chan Chich Lodge. Extraordinary in every way. From Emil who worked creative wonders behind the bar, to Paul the chef who came up with incredible meals, our guides Rubin and Vidal, the drivers, the housekeeping staff, our waitress and everyone that I've neglected to mention were all the highest quality people we've had the pleasure to stay with. They are all very proud and extremely educated Mayan descendants who took significant time and pleasure to tell us their story. Incredible. Remote beauty is alive and well at Chan Chich.

Deb_Chris - Michigan

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We are birders and outdoor lovers. This place was so quite and natural with an abundance of birds and wildlife. We were please with all aspects of our four-night stay. The grounds and all of the Gallon Jug area was clean with plenty of fresh air. Would recommend to anyone that likes nature and simplicity away from the stress of life.

Carolyn M

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