From the moment the staff picked us up at the airport (Peter) to the very end when they drove us to the landing strip (Ruben and Eduardo), we felt appreciated, in good and capable hands, and excited to be apart of this inspiring paradise. George navigated us down the New River with expertise, pointing out wildlife galore. George also could park a boat at the dock better in one try than I can park a car with 10 tries. We were greeted at the dock by Sonia (Ruben's wife) who made us feel welcomed and right at home immediately. She ushered us to the dining room immediately were cold icy drinks of hibiscus juice and potato soup were awaiting us. As we looked around in awe at the views, Ruben greeted us to quickly review an itinerary before showing us to our huts. Space in the huts was never an issue because there are 2 queen (maybe doubles) beds as well as a couch bed (which was very comfortable and surprising because couch beds are usually awful). This hut could comfortably sleep 6 people but with the humidity and the strong day breeze disappearing at night I was glad we each had separate beds (we were in hut 15 which was lagoon front). The shower though rarely had hot water (which was fine by me because it was too humid to have hot showers) while our group staying in other cabins had plenty of hot water. The lighting is dim to not attract bugs (because you are deep in the jungle) so a good head lamp or flashlight is a must. The most frequented spot for us though was the hammock cabana with 6 of the most wonderful hammocks facing the lagoon, swaying in the wind, where we spent many of siestas and even contemplated sleeping in at night if not for the fear of tarantulas and howler monkeys paying us a visit. The activities were wonderful (night time nature walk, sunrise canoe ride, howler monkey trek, bird watching, crocodile hunt, Lamanai ruin tour, village life, fishing and my absolute favorite the medicinal walk). You will need comfortable shoes for the walks, an insulated water bottle, bug spray, and lightweight but covering clothes. Even though I joked about this being a fat camp in disguise, sweated more than I ever had before and ate fresh delicious food, I have nothing bad to say about it except I couldn't stay forever. You never have to get a wallet out (unless you buy something from the gift shop or visit the artisan center in the neighboring village) and you never have to make a decision about what to eat (they do that for you unless you simply don't want what they're having and they can fix you something else). They have this Belizean attitude of just going with the flow and making sure you are having a good time. There is wifi but it is spotty due to their remote location and if it weren't for talking to my child back in the states on FaceTime, I would never have thought twice about it. Also one more thing about the neighboring village (Indian Creek), there is a small school there that if I had know prior I would have liked to brought them some school supplies, toys and/or clothes that I know would've been greatly appreciated. Things that Lamanai Outpost Lodge is not is a luxury resort with swimming pools, air conditioned rooms, hot tubs, etc. This lodge is for people to dive into a biodiverse ecosystem where Howler Monkeys and their demonic dinosaur voices may (or may not) wake you up at 2 am or vividly colored Toucans fly overhead or you are walking to your hut but have to sidestep to avoid a scorpion but it's part of the experience which you will learn to appreciate and miss when you're sitting on your front porch back in the states (or wherever). We did all of the activities but you don't have to if all you want is to lay in a lounge chair on the dock and read a book. This would be a great place if someone needed to get away from the world for a little while whether due to a divorce, death or just a stressful job. I literally could write more and more but I think it's shown that I truly loved it and upon completion of medical school, I would seriously consider visiting regularly to provide any services I could for this village as they don't have any regular physician. Our whole group was literally in mourning when we were saying our goodbyes to the staff; it was like leaving our family behind never knowing if we'd be back to see them.
- Also Known As:
- Lamanai Outpost Hotel Orange Walk
- Lamanai Outpost Lodge Belize/Orange Walk