The second leg of our Living Social package brought us to the jungle of Belize, the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, to be precise. First of all I really liked the location because it was still relatively close to the beach (about a 30 minute drive).
So where do I begin? Everything was amazing! The food, the service and the rooms were outstanding, not to mention fun activities right at your feet! Don and Stasha are the people who took the resort over and have really turned this place around. The rooms were beautifully remodeled and everything was fresh and clean. There is a high ceiling fan in the room and screened in windows (to keep the critters out) that allow a cool cross breeze to flow through the room. There is also a screened in porch so you can hangout outside and watch the birdies.
The staff at Mama Noot’s is fantastic! From the minute I started planning our vacation Stephanie was there with me. She is amazing and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She helped us with everything and made sure we did everything we wanted to do. All the guys that work on the grounds are really friendly. Ronal and Hugo took us up in the zip line. Emelio was our guide the pyramids and the caves. Otis and Daniel took care of as the restaurant and Lito was our night security guard. We know all their names because everyone was so personable and kind. They really take the time to talk to you and we feel like we left our friends when we departed.
The food is AMAZING. My husband and I live in San Francisco and consider ourselves to be pretty big foodies. Sean’s cooking knocked our socks off. Sean is the chef at the resort and is an expat from Pittsburg. He has great stories to share and tons of insight about the country. Everyday we looked forward to eating because the food was delicious. In the mornings we had the continental breakfast, which included fresh fruits (papaya, plantains, pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon… sadly mango wasn’t in season yet) with yogurt. Also, Stasha is a pastry chef so we enjoyed a variety of warm pastries on our plates every morning. Also the coffee was delicious. Peet’s ain’t got nothing on this coffee. Stephanie would also make us fresh squeezed juice! Sometimes orange and sometimes watermelon! Lunch has a set menu; I recommend the shrimp tacos with hand made tortillas… so good I’m drooling thinking about them. For dinner, Sean would change the menu around every night so there were different things to choose from. He specializes in soups so if he makes it, try it! We had awesome seafood gumbo, clam chowder and curried fish soup. I had a barracuda steak for the first time, also delicious! I can’t speak highly enough about the food!
So on to the activities…. The resort is already in a National Park so when you get up in the mornings there are tons of birds to look at. They are everywhere. I could have spent hours just watching them. There are also many waterfalls you can hike to right there on the property. You can have guide take you, but we just went off on our own. It was so easy to get to. After our hike we cooled off in the spring waters of the waterfall. They also offer waterfall repelling but we didn’t get a chance (next time)! They also have the longest zip line in all of Central America. It was so fun! The guys that take you up there actually built the damn thing. They actually built the zip line around the trees so none of the trees were harmed. Totally fun! On another day one of the guides took us to the Mayan ruins, Xunantunich. It was amazing to the see all the history and once you get to the top of the pyramid you have a 360-degree view around the whole land! You can see right into Guatemala. Then after that Emelio took us to a popular site for cave tubing. Oscar had worked there for several years and knew the caves like the back of his hand. Unfortunately, there was a large group from a cruise line right before us and they scared away all the bats so we didn’t see any of those guys, but it was still beautiful.
Another day we went into the town of Dangriga and walked around the fish market and fruit market. Then we went out on a boat that took us up and down the coastline. Quite spectacular!
Overall, we had an amazing experience and look forward to returning. None of this would have been possible with out the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mama Noot’s and we can’t thank them enough for this!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. We are powered by hydro and solar. We have 6 standard rooms, 3 rooms in Traditional Thatched Cabanas, 3 deluxe rooms, all with with ceiling fans and private bathrooms hot and cold showers. We have a restaurant and bar on location and we serve local food as well as other dishes and we provide vegetarian meals on request. Our on-site activities include: Zip-lining in the longest Zipline course in Central America (Night zip-lining also available); Waterfall Rappelling in three different waterfalls; Hiking trough the jungle and swimming on different waterfall pools (we have 5 waterfalls); Birdwatching tours (with local Mayan guide with over 20 years of experience); Mayan ruin tours (the park has two unexcavated Mayan Temple Mounds). Off-site activities include Mayan Ruin tours, Monkey River tours, Cave tubing, Horseback riding in the jungle, Cultural tours, Spice farm tour, and snorkeling/diving. And our new Tikal National Park tour (Guatemala). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mama Noots Eco Hotel Dangriga
- Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures Belize/Hopkins