This was one of our best vacations ever! We stayed at Caves Branch the last week of Feb 2010 and it was fantastic. We were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary and decided to go to Belize for something out of the ordinary and adventurous. We chose Cave's Branch because we wanted to stay in a tree house and they seemed to have most all of the types of activities right there. It was also centrally located and not too far from the airport and other things. It was amazing - we stayed in a tree house suite - 2 bed (they had upgraded us from a 1 bed) - it had a wonderful king bed and beautiful views. We opted for the 5 night "honeymoon" package. The only snag was they were not there to greet us at the airport! We had to call them and then take a cab - they made up for us by giving us complimentary massages, which was much needed after all of the excursions. You plan your excursions the night before - we did the Black Hole drop (300ft rappelling) with an overnight in a cave. It was the thrill of a lifetime and our guides, Julio & Awner were great - very knowledgeable. This was extremely rigorous, but they let you go at your own pace and it was worth it. We saw Mayan ceremonial caves and artifacts. Can't tell you everything about the cave because you really need to experience it yourselves! It is highly recommended! We were so spent from the overnight hike in and out that we took a day off to enjoy the lovely grounds and relax. The grounds are beautiful with Mr. Chen (the resident gardner) showing us lots of plants and flowers. Food was fantastic - not sure how people can complain - you are in a jungle and everything is cooked fresh on site. The fruit is excellent - not much variety, but they grow it local - I will take fresh watermelon, mango, and pineapple any day! Even fresh squeezed OJ with oranges from the nearby orchards every morning. Homemade tortillas were the best we ever ate - so pliable - not like the cardboard ones you get back home in stores! At every meal it is family style and tables that seat 8 each - so we always got to talk to other people about what activity they did, etc. We met some fantasitc people and even hooked up with them in San Pedro later in our trip! We also took the trip to Tikal - well worth it! The border crossing was an experience itself - we also ate breakfast in Guatemala at a resturant that was built when Survivor was there filming Survivor Guatemala! The ruins were breathtaking and our guide was very knowledgeable. We saw lots of wildlife - birds, monkeys, mammals - it is like a wild life preserve there. We ate lunch there and did some shopping on our way back to Belize. Can't tell you enough about our Caves Branch experience - we are already talking about our return trip to do other activities we didn't do like cave tubing. Can't wait to go back - we will take our teenage daughter next time! Also, pictures do NOT do this place justice!
- Also Known As:
- Ian Anderson`s Caves Branch Jungle Hotel Belmopan
- Ian Anderson`s Caves Branch Jungle Hotel
- Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Belize/Belmopan