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“Breathtaking and heartwarming” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Belize Lodge & Excursions Jungle Camp

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PO Box 1840, Belize   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Toledo
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
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“Breathtaking and heartwarming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We stayed in 3 different lodges during the week: Ballum Na (house of the jaguars), Jungle Camp, and Moho Cay. All three totally different in experience. Ballum Na has the most luxurious rooms of all, and is set on top of a big cage for 2 jaguars living there. Jungle Camp is set deeper into the jungle (3 hour boat trip from Ballum Na), and is the biggest of all lodges. Moho Cay is situated on a small island in beautiful maritime surroundings. All lodges have toilets, showers and electricity powered by generators. No airconditioning in any lodge, but big fans in all rooms. Bottled water is available in all lodges, as are soft drinks, coffee and tea. Great mix dinks too (try the Jungle Juice or the Christal Scull). Moho Cay has WIFI, at the other lodges phones / internet don't work reliably. Lodges and excursions are run by local people only - which to us made it all that more special. Staff is friendly, extremely knowledgable about their country, nature and wildlife. Their service is "real" and outstanding everywhere. It has been a pleasure to meet them and spend time with them, especially Pablo (Jungle Camp excursions) has been exceptional in his knowledge of animals and plants. Thanks to him we've seen a wide variety of animals, e.g. Howler Monkeys, Otter, Aguti, Ant Eater, Tucan, small Jaguar, Parrots, Leguans, Woodpeckers, etc.

Nathanial at Ballum Na took us to his parents home nearby, where his mum showed how she makes chocolate from the cacao beans. Nate also knows a great deal about Maya history and his explanations in the temples were perfect.

Chef cook Andrew from NY (at Jungle Lodge) was the only white guy we saw the whole week amongst the staff, and his meals made for a welcome change to the otherwise very tasty but somewhat rudimentary menu choices (chicken, eggs, tortillas, salsa, fried potatoes, rice, beans, fruit). No criticism intended here, always prefer to eat what the locals eat too - it just made me crave for some bread & pasta after a couple of days, and Andrew at Jungle Lodge came in with perfect timing in this respect.

Moho Cay was just an amazing location, a very small island with 8 or so woden cabins and a big Leguan family. While snorkling around the island, we saw a Stingray and a Nurseshawk (and lots of colourful fish ofcourse). The real Bounty Island feeling, going fishing with a simple nylon line in your hands, a metal srew on it for weight, plus a hook, that's all. Caught some good Red Snappers for dinner one night too!

All in all a breathtaking and hearwarming experience we won't ever forget. Feels like we've been away for a month, not a week. The Mayan staff made all the difference to us, and communication is easy since all of them speak English very well. Take good bug spray with you, sun screen factor 60, and be prepared to encounter (huge!) cockcroaches in your rooms in Jungle Camp. I'm not a fan either (who is), but hey - it's the jungle and it's amazing how otherwise clean and neat the lodges are kept.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Belize Lodge and Excursions' Jungle Camp in Toledo district was wonderful and no where near Belize City or anything other than Jungle! We did not even have, or ask for, a key to our room! We felt VERY safe and so immersed in the jungle that it was awesome. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.We were the only family there for two nights. One family overlapped another night. When on a night river tour, when the lights were turned off it was the most stars I have ever seen! The facilities were very nice! The review from tatnafu, about a bad neighborhood was obviously a different place!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights becuase Belize City isn't worth any more time.
The hotel was actuslly quiet nice and central but didn't have much to offer, other than it was safe as I was told it was very dangerous to go out at night. Still dont know if that's true or not but after reading the papers the next morning and finding out about a couple of murders from the night before, yeah i didn't feel that safe. The staff were friendly, the food was good but it really needs a bar that stays open late at night would be perfect.
Free wifi and Belikin (beer) saved me from being totally bored during the nights - another plus was the Carribean music.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Everett
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2009

We booked a package that included Indian Creek lodge, Jungle Camp and Moho Caye.
The package included trips to Mayan sites, Cave swimming, jungle hikes, birdwatching from a canopy, and snorkeling trips.
All food was included as well as all of these activities.
The food was excellent as was the accommodations and guides. They were a bit rustic, but that is what we were going for.
Almost every meal included at least 4 courses served by our Mayan hosts in style.
The drinks in the resort bars were expensive and the bartenders could use a bit more training.
If you want to experience the "lost" side of Belize this is a great trip.
If you want "resort syle, cookie cutter", maybe not.

  • Liked — Rosewood construction and thatched roof
  • Disliked — Bugs
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1840, Belize
Location: Belize > Toledo
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Toledo
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Belize Lodge & Excursions Jungle Camp Toledo

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