The only thing difficult about Chan Chich Lodge is getting there. It absolutely remote and absolutely exciting, charming and a nature lover's delight. Our package included nature walks with GREAT guides at least twice a day. The morning bird walk (6 AM) allowed us to spot over 40 different birds every day. There are 4 guides and the 2 who were with us (only 1 couple per guide were skilled and had the equipment and understanding to allow us to learn a great deal about this 130,000 acre nature reserve. The staff was accommodating and attentive. The meals were excellent and varied and of course the "free" Belikan beer (owned by the family who bottles Belikan and Coca Cola in Belize) was a great way to relax on our veranda after the afternoon walks. We did not use the pool but it looked inviting and well kept.
We took the night ride (additional cost) and were thrilled to follow a Puma out hunting deer on Gallon Jug farm. We spotted an Ocelot but we need to go back to find a Jaguar. Lots of monkeys (Spider and Howler). Very comfortable rooms (no air conditioning but the nights are cool). We only stayed 2 nights and wished we could find an extra night or even 2. My only reluctance in writing this review is that it will become too popular. Belize is a great destination and this is one experience which makes this varied country even more unique.
- 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