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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- La Milpa Field Station Hotel Orange Walk
- La Milpa Field Station Belize/Orange Walk