It's very easy to see why this lodge has so many regulars that return year after year. It's been in business for quite a while and is run very well.
We really liked the design of the cabanas in a semi circle around the main lodge building, all within beautiful grounds amongst the jungle. The cabanas themselves are really very comfortable with all mod cons including hairdryers and bathrobes and a fridge. Because of the lack of glass windows - just mosquito netting and wooden slats for privacy - you do still feel like you are in the jungle as obviously you can hear everything, which I love. In my opinion, there's no need to pay extra for a deluxe cabana as the standard ones are perfectly adequate.
The restaurant offered good quality meals although the portions are huge so the half-portion options at lunch and dinner were welcome. As this is the middle of nowhere, the restaurant does run out of things occasionally, which is to be expected.
We thought the guiding was of a pretty high standard and we especially loved the trip to Laguna Seca and the trip to the farm which was also very productive in terms of bird sightings.
We also did quite a lot of trail walking on our own and we saw lots of monkeys - spider and howler.
The lodge has a repuation for a high proportion of cats and we were very lucky to get the briefest of glimpses of a jaguar which was very exciting.
The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the night drive - mainly because of the setup where we were just stuck on fold up chairs in the back of a pick up truck - which really was not a comfortable way to spend 2 hours bouncing around against the chair.
That aside, everything was great and I'd definitely recommend this to anybody interested in nature and wildlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Retrace the footsteps of the Maya, wander our extensive trail system and discover the unforgettable flora, fauna and Maya history unique to this tropical paradise. With an unparalleled abundance of wildlife(and the best chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat) Chan Chich is an extraordinary destination for naturalists, birders and for those seeking an authentic retreat to the jungle. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chan Chich Hotel Orange Walk
- Chan Chich Lodge Belize/Orange Walk