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“Great Budget Eco-Lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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71 1/2 Western Highway, San Jose Succotz, Belize   |  
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“Great Budget Eco-Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2007

We chose this place after seeing it recommended online. It was the first time to be in a true eco-lodge and we thought this was a great introduction to the experience. The complex is primarily owned by local families, with an American couple as a small shareholder. They all run the place together.

We were easily able to get dropped off in front of the property by the public bus we took from Belize City. We got a warm welcome from John, a kind pipe-smoking man with a voice like Jimmy Stewart. The small cabin we stayed in was very rustic but it did have electricity and a fan. They had a kitchen for guests with a large porch to sit on. We decided to just eat their food because it was very reasonably priced. The food was great! Try the Belize Favorite. The food, along with the soda, water and beer was tallied during the stay and then we paid for everything at the end of the visit. This was incredibly convenient.

We went on a tour of Tikal and a tour of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. They organized both tours and we had a great time. We especially recommend the company they use to go to the ATM cave.

The nature center on the property was very interesting and makes this a great place to stay with kids (people staying here get in for free).


This place is not for everyone, obviously. Those who want fancy accomodations with A/C and luxurious living should stay elsewhere. Those who want to live in eco-friendly cabins surrounded by lush plants and trees, this could be your place! Just so you don't think it is too rustic, they do have wifi and a TV set in the restaurant. We were able to watch CNN and some NBA games after a long day of sightseeing.

  • Liked — Delicious food, cold drinks, free wifi, friendly staff
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2006

We've just returned from 8 days in Belize. We really enjoyed our two nights at the Trek Stop in San Juan Succotz. The cabins, restrooms and showers are very clean. The available meals are inexpensive and tasty. Though small, the nature center is one of the best ones we've ever visited - very hands-on and informational. We enjoyed wandering the trails on the property and relaxing in the hammock. The hosts know a lot about the area - local attractions as well as animal and plant life.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2005

Our recent two night stay at The Trek Stop was wonderful experience in eco-lodging. On our late evening arrival we were greeted by John, who with great enthusiasm showed us around and to our cabins. We had chosen the deluxe cabins which were built with beautiful rich wood. Inside was a full size bed, a set of bunks beds, a desk and chair and a bathroom complete with shower, sink and composting toilet. I like many others was initially hesistant about a composting toilet but I can assure you that even in the hot tropical climate of Belize these toilets are virtually odorless when used properly with wood chips. Each cabin had a porch and a hammock nearby to enjoy the scenery in.

Although we did not opt to do any food preparation ourselves, The Trek Stop had a nice kitchen area for anyone who chose to. In our case we chose to enjoy meals at the restaurant prepared by either Judy, John's wife or one of the local young ladies who worked for them. The menu had enough variety to satisfy my picky daughter and my vegetarian son.

After our trip to the nearby Mayan ruin, Xunantunich, we enjoyed renting tubes and tubing down the Mopan River. At the end of our 3 hour river adventure we met at the end of our ride by John who transported us back to The Trek Stop.

I cannot begin to mention all the birds we experienced while just sitting and eating. A leisurely walk through the butterfly house is a must. We had several opportunities to just sit and talk with Judy and John who added detail and color to our visit.

My only suggestion to anyone visiting the Trek Stop who might be a light sleeper is to bring a pair of earplugs along just in case the village down the road has a dance. The music really echoes up the hillside and if a Punta Rock beat isn't your thing, it might keep you awake.

My family and I will treasure all the memories of our time spent here.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 71 1/2 Western Highway, San Jose Succotz, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Jose Succotz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Jose Succotz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Trek Stop is located right next to the Western Highway which means easy access. We are NOT for the people looking for LUXURY. Our property is located in the "Jungle" as some would put it, which means there will be bugs, birds and other local animals on the premises. We have 10 basic cabins, 5 small cabins which have 2 single beds in the room, and its shared bath. We have 3 cabins which have a double bed and a bunk bed in the room, also shared bath. We do have 2 cabins which have a double bed, bunk and a private bath which has a shower and compost toilets. Our Shared Toilets are Compost Toilets. If you are looking for an adventure, this is the place for you, most of the people that stay here, are out on adventures and don't spend much time in their cabins. We have on the premises a restaurant, a Butterfly Farm & also a 9 Hole Disc Golf Course. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Trek Stop Hotel San Jose Succotz
Trek Stop Cayo
Trek Stop Hotel Cayo
The Trek Stop Belize/San Jose Succotz

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