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On the Macal River in the jungle On the 2nd mile of Macaw Bank Rd/Mistic River Rd., Cristo Rey, San Ignacio Belize
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#2 of 2 in Cristo Rey
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5.0
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4.8
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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
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Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Melanie W wrote a review May 15
Swiss Alps, Switzerland2 contributions
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Amazing place to stay, little paradise in the jungle with great garden & best kitchen you can wish…. excellent service, felt like „family“ to me/us…. Loved also the bird watching, medical hike, night hike, canoe on the river… Hope to come back :-)!!!!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Isabel D wrote a review Apr 2022
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We only got to stay at the Macaw Jungle Bank for one night, but it was an incredible stay. The quiet riverbank, birds and plants on the property transported us into another world. Lettie and Raul were happy to answer all our questions about the different wildlife we saw and were so friendly. We still reminisce on the whole wheat fry jacks we had-- best breakfast of our entire 10-day stay throughout the country. Thank you SO much, Lettie and Raul!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Jeff D wrote a review Apr 2022
Beautiful grounds with charming wood cabins/villas! Loved the screened in porch and outdoor shower. Lettie is so warm and friendly--just a delight. Food was delicious. Short walk to a beautiful river swim. Only sorry we couldn't stay longer.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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NancyInMontana wrote a review Apr 2022
Our stay at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge was just incredible! The property is beautiful with plenty of nice hiking trails through the jungle. The best part was the hospitality— Raul cooked us amazing food and Leti was a lovely host and concierge who went out of her way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. We can’t wait to go back and I highly recommend this beautiful place!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled
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lizb8210 wrote a review Apr 2022
I stayed with friends for 3 nights. We had a cute cabin. Beds were comfy and room was clean. The grounds were beautiful and our hosts Letty and Raul were so wonderful. The food was fabulous as well. One heads up- the road in is really bumpy but doesn’t last too long. I would highly recommend MacawBank!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Seth B wrote a review Dec 2021
Hanover, New Hampshire13 contributions6 helpful votes
My spouse and I had a wonderful stay at the Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge. The lodge is set in a secluded spot in the jungle about 30 minutes from San Ignacio. The accommodations are comfortable and the staff is friendly and helpful. The lodge can organize guides and provide transportation for a variety of excursions in the local area. Dinners and breakfasts are creative, fresh, and delicious Belizean style meals.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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k9crazy2014 wrote a review Dec 2021
Brookville, Ohio15 contributions
Leticia andRaul did a great job of making certain that we felt comfortable and welcome. We did the five day package and were appropriately busy during the day with plenty of time to relax at the lodge. The lodge offered lots of beautiful natural space and flowers and birds and all of our activities were both interesting and fun. Raul was our chef as well as our natural guide and he did a great job on both accounts and Miss Letty was so fun because she helped us to experience new foods and taught us about different things related to Belizian culture.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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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
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stephen_b_collins wrote a review Jul 2021
Stamford, Connecticut18 contributions22 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
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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 contribution1 helpful vote
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
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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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).