Property at a Glance: Chan Chich Lodge
Resort settings don't get much better than this: Chan Chich Lodge sits in the plaza of an ancient Mayan city on a 130,000-acre private nature reserve, a feature that inspired Fodor's to call it "arguably the best lodge in Belize and one of the top lodges in all of Central America." The lodge, which is surrounded on all sides by the Belizean jungle, specializes in ecotourism. More than nine miles of groomed nature trails meander through the property. You can explore them on your own, or sign up for a guided hike, keeping an eye out for ornate hawk eagles, rose throated tanagers, and other native birds along the way.
- Press accolades: Frommer's calls it one of the "most unique jungle lodges in Mesoamerica" and says the rooms "are all spacious, clean, and quite comfortable."
- What's in a name: Chan Chich means "little bird" in Mayan.
- Thatched cabanas have breezy interiors and private porches that overlook the jungle.
- Educational hikes Get to know the lodge's nocturnal creatures on an included night hike, or take an archaeological or birdwatching hike (extra fees).
- Wildlife sightings here include jaguars, ocelots, pumas, and Ornate Hawk Eagles. Click here for the full list.
- Day trips: Sign up for an adventure tour of nearby Mayan ruins inside Belize and across the border in Guatemala (extra fees).
- Included perks: This deal includes a night walk tour and a full made to order breakfast for two.
- Getting there: After flying into Belize, you can either arrange a charter flight or drive to the lodge, but be sure to coordinate with the lodge before your trip. For more information, check the lodge's website.
Orange Walk District, Belize: Ecotourism in Northern Belize
Dense swaths of tropical forest set the scene in Orange Walk District, which borders Mexico and Guatemala in northern Belize. The district is known primarily for its outdoor recreation. Head to the Rio Bravo Conservation Area to explore 51,000 acres of protected rainforest that's home to endangered black howler monkeys and jaguars, numerous migratory birds, and mahogany trees. A handful of Mayan ruins can be found in Orange Walk District as well, including Lamanai, one of the largest ceremonial centers in Belize.
The district is also an important center of sugar production in Belize, and home to the country's only working sugar refinery—the Tower Hill factory in the district capital of Orange Walk. Get a feel for the town's history at Banquitas House of Culture and then stroll along streets lined with local eateries and shops. Just east of here lies Honey Camp Lagoon, a popular swimming spot with sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and a hidden hot spring.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) is the closest airport to the property.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests. Adding occupants above standard is $95 per night for each additional guest 12 or older; $50 per night for each additional guest 11 or younger.
3. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not included with the Groupon.
4. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Reservations and dress code are not required.