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La Milpa Field Station
Ranked #5 of 8 Orange Walk B&B and Inns
Park City, Utah, United States
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“Pleasant Surprise!”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We arrived at La Milpa expecting a much more rustic experience, but were pleasantly surprised at the size and comfort of our cabana. It fits so well with a trip to Lamanai that everyone should consider this pairing to keep you in the rainforest at least one or two more nights. To stay in a cabana with hot/cold running water and flush toilets in the middle of no where is like a trip back in time with the convenience of today. The view of the Milky Way was breathtaking. We also enjoyed touring the La Milpa Maya site with Melvis to see how the sites are even discovered in the dense rainforest. Melvis is a wealth of knowledge on all the flora, fauna and Maya culture.

We loved the little honor bar where we threw back a few cold Belikins before a wonderfully delicious Belizean buffet. It was nice to have the option of eating out in the bar area or inside where you're screened in. We tried both options. After a full day we hit the bed early but not before sitting on our front porch watching the billions of stars overhead. Another thing we truly loved was birding with the general manager, Vladimir, who has been at La Milpa for 13 years. He knows just where to look and can imitate the calls of many birds. His birding scope gives you an up close view of even birds several hundred meters away.

If you want to get off the beaten path and still enjoy the basic amenities of a nice cabana, La Milpa is your answer. Combine it with a journey up the New River to Lamanai and you'll have 300 photos before you know it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

LaMilpa is the loveliest example of what traveling to the neo-tropics, especially for birding, is all about.

We found (with the amazing assistance of Vladimir, the station manager) 90 species the first 24 hours we were there. The cabanas are charming and very comfortable - especially the thought that has gone in to "places to put things" (hooks, shelves, counters in the bathroom, etc.). The food is simple, plentiful, delicious - the head cook, Ruth, has been in that position since the establishment of the station, 23 years ago. The LaMilpa un-excavated Maya ruins (10 minutes by vehicle, 45 minute walk) is rich in bird species, rich in spiritual feeling. And of course, watching the Oscillated Turkeys was a hoot.

But most importantly, revenue from tourism supports the mission of Programme for Belize for education (40 high school senior girls were studying there at the time of our visit), research, and conservation - 250,000 acres of protected habitat. The only drawback is the possibility of chiggers in the grassy campus area, but precautions are simple - stay on the cement walkways, treat your clothing with permethrin before coming, tuck your pants into socks, or wear tall boots.

My traveling/birding buddy and I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Black Creek B.C.
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

My wife and myself and our 17 year old son spent early April in Belize and made the excellent choice to spend 2 nights at La Milpa. If you like birds and nature then this is the place. Accommodation is truly excellent with great private bathrooms. Vladimir and his staff do an excellent job of keeping you busy(if you choose) or you can wander on your own. Guided tours are best and information is non stop. A fantastic eco-system that needs to stay intact and a fantastic place to really relax and enjoy nature. We loved the oscillated turkeys, spider mondeys, toucans, parrots, roadside hawks, and countless songbirds that we encountered in our stay. An honor bar whic is pretty unique and a great thing so do not go there and screw this up. Not for everyone and a great adventure to get there but worth the trip and a must to add to Belize if you are thinking of travelling to C.A. We even saw a fawn whitetail deer on our drive out that must have been less then 2 days old and it was nursing with mom on the side of the road, what a great bonus. keep up the good work and do not let them ruin the Rio
bravo with oil exploration.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

La Milpa Field Station is an excellent example of Eco-tourism. In addition, it is a great place for educational programs. Our student group engaged in various wildlife research projects onsite. Professional, friendly staff, knowledgeable guides, and management who cares about you the customer and the environment.

A perfect place to experience some of natures many wonders!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

It's not 5 star in the classic way, but it's everything you'd want in an eco-lodge. Comfortable, clean, safe, great food and excellent staff and guides. Just back from a week in Belize with two nights at La Milpa. Would go back in a flash. Programme for Belize is a wonderful organization and is doing so much for environmental education. I'm proud to be part of the Massachusettes Audubon which helped found La Milpa.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed about the same. Cabin #2 had three double beds (one in a loft) and private bath wi...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Ray Brook, New York
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We had an absolutely fabulous time at La Milpa - Melvis was an excellent guide & we felt very honored with all the personalized service and birding expertise - we did not expect such wonderful attention & knowledge!

We were the only group at La Milpa during our stay, including our 4-year old son. And the staff was great about accomodating a slower pace so our son could participate in hikes, or for me to take photos.

The bird and other wildlife was great - we saw many species of birds - the resident pygmy kingfisher was definitely a hit, as was Lisa, the crocodile, the toucans, and the howler monkeys. It was amazing how many birds and other critters we could see or hear right at the field station, as well as on the trails.

It was also great to learn about the conservation efforts, archeaological research, and environmental outreach that Programme for Belize conducts...very much needed, particularly with local residents who still kill wildlife for the fun of it or for consumption.

We look forward to returning to visit La Milpa in the future, and being able to spend more time than just a few nights.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

This is a very special place in the Belize jungle, off the usual tourist track. It is peaceful and relaxing. There is lots to watch from your hammock or the central area. The La Milpa Mayan ruins have not been uncovered and are a haven for wildlife. The food is good, the cabanas comfortable and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Make sure you take plenty of insect repellent and long trousers and shirts for the trails to try and avoid the chiggers.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Milpa Field Station
Address: Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, Orange Walk 00000, Belize
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Location: Belize > Orange Walk District > Orange Walk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Orange Walk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center on the Rio Bravo is located only three miles from the third largest archaeological site in Belize, the La Milpa Mayan Site. Guests can experience firsthand the rich history of the Maya Civilization.For accommodations, guests can choose between charming private thatched-roof cabanas with private baths with hot/cold water. La Milpa has four cabanas with 8 units that can sleep 16 persons. Or a comfortable and tastefully decorated dormitory featuring state-of-the-art ‘green’ technology that features 100% solar powered energy, no-flush composting toilets and a rainwater collection system which sleeps 30. Dining facilities, gift shop and internet wi-fi access available on site. Hiking nature trails, jungle trekking, biking and birding are the order of the day at La Milpa. Avid birders can compile a list of more than 150 species during a three day trip to our La Milpa venue. Come Explore the Natural Mystique of the Rio Bravo...An Unparalleled Eco Adventure! ... more   less 
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