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Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge

On the Macal River in the jungle mile 2 on Macaw Bank Rd. AKA Mistic River Rd., Cristo Rey, San Ignacio Belize
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#2 of 2 hotels in Cristo Rey
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Family friendly, romantic destination and naturalist paradise. Bird lovers will specially love tropical gardens visited daily by close to 300 species of tropical birds including toucans and green parrots. The gardens are rich in many exotic species of plants, orchid trail and well maintained jungle trails always available to our guests. Access to Macal River gives opportunity for canoeing, tubing and swimming. Only 10 miles from San Ignacio the lodge is in the heart of Belizean rain forest of unspoiled nature and authentic vegetation. Located next to Pine Ridge Mountains National Park has no pollution. Our mission is to provide true jungle experience without harming environment. The lodge is off grid run on solar panels and has clean well water. It may not be suitable for travelers looking for entertainment and nightlife. Food is prepared from organically and locally grown fresh produce, healthy and tasty. Vegan and traditional dishes, fresh juices, fruits and home made ice creams.
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Free parking
Free internet
Lazy river
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Public wifi
Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Alon G wrote a review Aug 2021
Ann Arbor, Michigan1 contribution
At the end of July we decided to go on a delayed honeymoon and went to Belize. The first six days we spent at Macaw Bank and it was fantastic. We are an adventurous couple and this facility is exactly what we were looking for: in the jungle, a short distance from major sites and attractions, and far enough away from other tourists. We came to relax and have fun, and that is exactly what happened. Now for some details. Facility: Leticia and Raul run this location to perfection. There are several jungle cabanas (lodges) on premises and when we contacted Leti (by whatsapp) ahead of time she helped us decide on the best one for us. There is a beautiful dining area, a nice green yard with hammocks, and trails that lead into the jungle and to their garden. Coming from the US, we were amazed at the flora and fauna on site, even without the winter migratory birds. They have a huge variety of life that is truly amazing. Food: Other reviewers on here have written that Macaw Bank should sell a recipe book and we agree. My wife and I both have dietary restrictions which are unusual for standard Belizean cuisine. Macaw Bank did a great job making sure we had delicious food at every meal. They were very careful when preparing the dishes and constantly made sure what we had wasn't going to make us sick. It was great and we definitely plan on trying to reproduce some of the meals. Did I mention that a lot of the fruit are grown on site, at the garden? Health and Safety: We felt very safe at Macaw Bank. They kept COVID safety protocols and made sure everything was clean and sanitized. The facility itself is meticulously maintained and we had no issues with bugs or other wildlife. Activities: We booked our activities through Macaw Bank. Leti helped us plan out six full days of activities and they were all worth it. She even gave us tips on what to wear and what to bring to each one. Most recommended: horseback riding (Jose is a great guide), Xunantunich, ziplining, Cahal Pech + Iguana tour, and most importantly ATM. Other recommended activities: Barton Creek, Pine Ridge, chocolate tour, botanical gardens, Belize Zoo, cave tubing (bring bug spray), birdwatching tour, and medicinal walk. Helpful tip: the Cayo region in general does not have a lot of access to credit card payments, so Macaw Bank kept a tab for us and we paid for everything through them. General tips: (1) bring bug spray and sunscreen, (2) don't expect to have internet all the time, especially on tours, (3) bring a camera, (4) try out the local fruit, there are a lot of them we had never heard of and they're all worth it (except for craboo) Overall, a great way to start our honeymoon. We are very happy we went to Macaw Bank.
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Date of stay: July 2021
stephen_b_collins wrote a review Jul 2021
Stamford, Connecticut17 contributions20 helpful votes
We've been to many mainland jungle destinations in Belize (we live on Ambergris Caye), and love the fact that the Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge is less 'luxury', and closer to nature. Our cabins was charming and comfortable, the nights were cool with breeze (and no mozzies) coming in through the screens. Leticia and Raoul were both absolutely lovely - charming and friendly hosts, knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife, great fun to chat to, and purveyors of delicious local food. What's not to love!? If you're driving, 4 wheel drive might make the road a little easier if it's bene raining. We'll be back for sure!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: At least one of the cabins has an outdoor shower.
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Ainsley L wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York1 contribution
We had such an amazing stay at Macaw Banks. It's a beautiful small ecolodge out in the jungle about 30 min driving from San Ignacio (roads were tricky, 4x4 recommended). Each cabin is fairly private and surrounded by beautiful nature - there is no AC and everything is solar powered but we stayed cool enough at night with fans. Our hosts Lettie and Raul took amazing care of us, helping us organize any activity we wanted to do and preparing us delicious home cooked meals. They made our stay so relaxing and fun, and it was some of the best (and most vegetarian friendly) food we ate our whole trip. We had no idea what it would be like traveling in Belize during COVID but we felt very safe at Macaw Banks where we had tons of space to ourselves, all our meals outside, and staff who were taking good precautions. We really recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing adventure! Ainsley & Sophie
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Access roads could be tough, especially in rainy season. Hire a 4x4 if driving yourself
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Response from Leticia Martinez, General Manager at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge
Responded Jul 4, 2021
Thank you very much for the generous review and we are very happy that you had good experience. We make great effort that our jungle garden looks good and environment intact so we thank you for the complement. The road is a jungle road and is also public road over which we have no control. We hope to see you again soon.
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Rene B wrote a review Jun 2021
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates20 contributions22 helpful votes
OK, let’s get the road condition out of the way. It is a rough road, but once you get to the lodge you are guaranteed to fall in love with this place. Leticia and Raul will make sure that your every need is taken care of. The cabins are basic, but immaculate and tastefully arranged and decorated. You will see at least 15 species of birds just by laying on the hammocks. Yes, one of these will be toucans. The food is prepared by a chef who makes sure that ever appetizer, main course and dessert is unique, plentiful and delicious. Make sure you take the horse back tour and ask for Jose. He will take you through mountains, forests, rivers and even explored a Mayan site while giving information about the region, its flora and fauna. If you have a day when you want to do things in your own, just ask Leticia or Raul, they’ll give you a map and explain how to get to waterfalls, rivers, butterfly gardens etc. I’ll stop now by saying that my wife and I spent three wonderful nights at Macaw Bank Lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Leticia Martinez, General Manager at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge
Responded Jun 28, 2021
Rene, Thank you for taking your time to write a review. I am glad you had good time in our lodge. Our lodge is humble but rich in beautiful Belizean nature we try not to disturb. Thank you for the complements on our garden and cuisine. This means to us a lot for we put great effort to maintain the garden and our organic cooking. One mile of the road is rough and we recommend 4 wheel drive. Well, it is a jungle road and also a public road but the silver lining of it is that it keeps most visitors away that otherwise would crowd the place.
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Lori 417 wrote a review Feb 2021
Westfield, New Jersey2 contributions
What a wonderful experience staying at the Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge! My 3 boys and I stayed here and we loved it. So friendly and inviting . Beautiful grounds and the food was delicious. They treated us like family and we hope to return again. Thank you Macaw Bank Jungle lodge for taking such good care of us,
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Date of stay: February 2021
$92 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Xunantunich (5.0 miles), Green Iguana Conservation Project (5.0 miles), and Cahal Pech (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Benny's Kitchen, Running W Restaurant, and Chaa Creek.
Does Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Xunantunich (5.0 miles).