Just returned from my second stay at Gaia in the past 13 months, this time with my wife (first time was alone). Simply put, the staff is great, and the accommodations are nice and clean, and the remote location cannot be beat if you are looking to just get away for a few days.
The waterfall is the main attraction on the grounds, but the opportunities birding, nature observation, and hiking on the grounds or nearby areas are somewhat under-advertised. The nature trail on the grounds seems relatively unused by guests, which is a shame. It is only about a mile long, but gives a good tropical broadleaf forest experience, and there is a smaller secret waterfall (ask staff how to find it). Give the trail it a try! Also, it may appear kind of plain or rough to most, but the surrounding Highland Pine-Oak Savanna is also worth exploring. Most of this is off-grounds, but there are several small trails to hike on. You should easily see 20 or so species of birds just in the main garden area or around the lodge, and more if you explore or are patient. During our most recent visit, we found a nighttime roost of about 200 red-lored parrots, and we watched them leave the roost on two consecutive days at about 6AM. Truly an impressive sight.
Dining is a pleasure, but I recommend the inclusive packages where they are included. The tour to Caracol is a must.
A lot is written about the long drive and the condition of the road in, but honestly, I have seen similar rough roads in some remote parts of the US, and the really rough parts are only on a few stretches from San Ignacio into the lodge (=a few bumpy places in the final 40 minutes of the drive).
Finally, the rooms are excellent, clean, and even on warm days they cool down nicely at night. You should sleep comfortably, and expect to wake to the sounds of singing birds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Eco-Lodge is located in the Scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We offer earthy yet stylish thatch roofed cabanas with excellent views of our waterfalls or Mountain Range, amazingly comfortable beds, Frette and Matouk linens and towels and bathrooms with hand painted Mexican tiles. Among our amenities are our natural fresh water pools, waterfalls, authentic Belizean cuisine, nature trails, day tours to the many Maya archaeological sites and adventure trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Five Sisters Hotel San Ignacio
- 5 Sisters Lodge