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Moonracer Farm Lodging & Tours
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We miss Moonracer Farm already!

My husband and I stayed at Moonracer for 4 nights and we absolutely loved it. Every part of the experience - from booking, arranging activities, accommodations, meals - was handled with such personal care by Tom, Marge, Julio and Janeth. They really make you feel like a treasured guest and friend.

For those concerned about jungle surrounding, no electricity, etc: we saw very few bugs and enjoyed the lack of electricity - it helps you unwind. There is a generator that can be switched on for charging important items, Wi-Fi, etc. Flashlights are provided. I brought a headlamp and that was helpful. The showers are nice and warm; the rooms are very clean. But you require luxury, like to wear high heels on vacation or can't live without your hair dryer, this is probably not the place for you.

While staying at Moonracer, we went to ATM Cave (an experience of a lifetime!), Tikal and went horseback riding, all arranged by the farm. I would recommend all of these. We also enjoyed walking around the property, checking out wildlife and birds. Julio took us to Pacbitun, a local Mayan ruin site that is only partially excavated - very cool.

The highlight for us, though, was the hospitality of Julio and Janeth and their family. Julio is a national treasure! He has so many interesting stories to share, and is such a kind person. And Janeth's cooking is fantastic. We were so excited for each meal to taste what she had prepared (homemade tortillas and cold cake were my favorite). We had dinner one night with Tom and Marge and loved hearing about their adventures in Belize.

A few random tips: they are able to adapt meals to meet dietary restrictions or preferences (we preferred to let them decide the menu), they have sodas, beer and liquor available (try the rum drink Julio makes); if you have a US plug, you do not need an adaptor; bring bug repellent for some of the excursions in the area.

I've stayed at some wonderful hotels and resorts, including some pretty fancy places, and Moonracer is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The only downside to our stay is that we were sad to leave! Hope to be back soon...

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We spent eight great nights at Moonracer. We rented an SUV to tour the area, with Moonracer as our “home away from home.” Julio and Janeth and their kids were wonderful hosts. It was much like a homestay experience. We enjoyed the great meals, usually breakfast and dinner. But wow Janeth packs a great lunch for picnics.

Sometimes chilly due to rain. We were glad to have rain jackets and used the umbrellas provided by Julio. The hot water shower, with good water pressure, was much appreciated. The cabin has 2 comfortable, quality beds--one firmer than the other so you can choose. Warm blankets available. Lots of pillows and quality linens and drinking water. Everything very clean and our room was attended to daily. Few if any insects in the cabin.

WIFI is limited but we were able to check our email daily and recharge our devices.

Rain, mud and high water limited some activities. Julio arranged for ATM cave (be sure to take a change of clothes for the ride back) and arranged a fun, interesting horseback ride with Jose down the road (Mountain Rider). Julio, Tom and Marge all discouraged us from driving our rental AWD to Caracol. But we did it anyway. Julio loaned us the tow rope. We met up with the military caravan with terrible muddy road conditions but made it through! One vehicle got stuck and we were the only ones with a tow rope!

We enjoyed the nearby Greenhills Butterfly Ranch, and the Garcia Sisters store (ask for Maria who taught us a lot.) We liked the big Saturday San Ignacio Market, Cahal Pech and Xunantunich Mayan temples.

Julio and Janeth were intuitive to our needs and helped us to spot the toucans in the yard.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank klfk
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Overall, we had a nice stay at Moonracer Farms. The grounds are very well kept, everything is very quiet, and Julio and Janet's hospitality was outstanding. We rented a car in Belize City and drove ourselves to Moonracer. Our group had 4 people, so we rented the entire cabin, which was nice to have the place to ourselves. We stayed for 3 nights, including Christmas Eve.

There is no electricity, but there is hot water and plenty of flashlights and candles for the rooms. Janet made amazing food, and she even gave us sandwiches for our trip to Tikal (which really saved us since there was no place to buy food). We spent most of our days adventuring throughout the area. Monday was spent in Tikal, Guatemala, and Julio gave us great advice the night before on navigating the border process, and Guatemala in general. Tuesday, we did the ATM Cave tour, which was set up by Moonracer. On Tuesday night, which was also Christmas Eve, we celebrated one of Julio and Janet's son's birthdays. It was really nice to spend the holidays with such an amazing family. Julio has wonderful stories about Belize and his adventures. Janet has hilarious tales of her children (just ask about Choco Bananas!). We really enjoyed our time in the evenings sitting and talking with Julio and Janet and their family.

Overall, Moonracer Farms was a fun and exciting experience. It is very different if you are used to electricity and no bugs, but go and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle, and take it all in. Belize is really beautiful, and Julio and Janet will make your experience that much better!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Stefanie1999
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Overall, we had a great stay at Moonracer Farm. The place is quiet and quaint. The fact that there is no electricity was a charming draw for us, and surprisingly hardly noticed. The location was great and the food and hospitality were outstanding.

We rented a 4x4 Jeep in Belize City and drove ourselves out to San Ignacio. It was a quick, easy drive, though the last bit of road was very rough and slow going even in a 4x4. Ahead of time, Marge sent us fantastic directions that got us there easily since there isn’t always great signage throughout Belize.

We arrived at Moonracer to find that Marge and Tom have recently moved into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest to help with a reforestation project and have left the farm in the care of Julio and his wife Janeth. From what we experienced, the transition is going remarkably well. In fact, we didn't even realize this was a new development until Julio told us. Everything ran so smoothly, we just assumed this had been the arrangement forever.

Julio and Janeth were both amazing, gracious hosts and really made the stay for us. Julio obviously takes great pride in what he does and takes wonderful care of the place. He was on top of things maintenance-wise and kept the grounds looking immaculate. He was also very knowledgeable about the area and helpful with suggesting and setting up excursions for us. Janeth kept the rooms looking pristine, and her cooking was amazing. Spending time with these two and their children was one of the highlights of our stay. We learned a lot about the plants and animals in the area, and about the culture.

Our room, though basic, was charming, clean and comfortable. The furnishings were basic - two double-size beds and a couple of tables for torches. We had a combination of two high-powered flashlights and two kerosene lamps, which kept the cabin sufficiently lit to read or play games after dark. With no electricity, there are no fans or A/C, but with the windows open we got a nice breeze and a bonus of getting to hear the sounds of the jungle up close.

The reason I cannot give Moonracer Farm a 5-star rating is that, because of the intimate nature of the place, your quiet, peaceful vacation can be so easily upended by the other guests. With both guest rooms being connected - sharing the same floor and the same hollow wall - your level of quiet and relaxation is completely dependent on the people on the other side of the wall here.

I carefully read each one of the reviews here before we made the decision to book with Moonracer. I understood that we would share a hollow wall and wood floor with the other guests and that we may hear them talking, moving around, etc. What I didn't expect was for a couple with a 3-year-old to be on the other side of the wall.

Our first night at Moonracer was heavenly - quiet, peaceful, relaxing. However, the next two nights there was a 3-year-old on the other side of the cabin.

Two days in a row, we were woken at 5am by feet storming from one side of the room to the other, then the spring-loaded door slamming open against the patio and slamming back shut, then feet stomping through the gravel right outside our room; back and forth, back and forth. At meal times, there were temper tantrums complete with flipping chairs over, loud, defiant refusal to eat, sticking fingers in shared dishes on the table, etc. With meals being served family-style, there really was no other choice but for us to sit and eat in silence while we tried to ignore the tantrums. It was really awkward. Not to mention, we felt like we weren't allowed to talk or move in our own cabin after 8pm when the child went to bed.

Overall, did this ruin our stay? No. But it was really frustrating to feel like we were robbed of the quiet, relaxing retreat we were expecting. It's not like we booked in a large resort and then got mad. This is a small, intimate space with nowhere to retreat from the noise. We were honestly quite relieved to leave so that we could get some peaceful sleep.

While this didn’t outweigh the positives of having gracious hosts, delicious meals and a beautiful jungle experience, I think it’s only fair to put this information out for others so they are not under false pretenses after reading some of the other reviews here. This place can be amazing, but it depends greatly on who you’re sharing your wall with.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank grateful_travels
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Moonracer, Owner at Moonracer Farm Lodging & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2014

Believe it or not, we really appreciate this review. A lot...thank you! We also offer our apologies that your stay was disrupted and was less than you anticipated, and that it wasn't what we like to promise our guests.

For quite a while, we have had an unwritten policy that families are required to rent the entire cabin. However, in this case, with just one small child in the off season, we decided it would be unreasonable to ask a couple and one child, obviously only needing two beds, to rent the whole thing with four beds. We were wrong, you suffered, and we sincerely regret our decision, not because of this review, but because you did not have an unconditionally good experience at Moonracer Farm. However, we were delighted to hear that everything else about your stay was as good as you expected.

In the future, we will stick to our policy and require that anyone traveling with small children - even one - rent the entire cabin so nobody else has to tolerate what was obviously unacceptable behavior.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Moonracer Farms almost a year ago, but did not have a chance to write a review right afterward because of unexpected and serious illness (not at all related to our trip!). However, today I was thinking back on our time in Belize and I just ached for it – it almost made my heart hurt, I longed for it so badly, so I decided I had to write about it.


It’s hard for me to put into words my husband and my experience at Moonracer Farms. The other reviews you’ll read will tell you that the property is beautiful, the food is amazing, and the people you stay with – whether Tom and Marge or Julio and Janet – are incredibly kind, generous, and hospitable. All of this is completely true. What few reviews will warn you of, however, is that if you start your Belize trip at Moonracer, everything that follows will be a disappointment… there is no other place that we have been that has infused joy into our lives exactly like that place.


Here were our highlights:


Marge’s amazing food. My husband is gluten free, and she accommodated ALL of his needs while also giving me the treat of having a gluten “fix.” The food was delicious. Every morning, we had fresh-picked grapefruit (SWEET grapefruit) from their yard as well as warm breakfast – bacon, eggs, toast, muffins...and French toast. It’s one year later, and I am still thinking about the homemade bread that she made into French toast the morning we went to Tikal. I don’t think that I will ever have anything more delicious than I did that morning when we ate in the open-air dining room/kitchen, the birds chirping through the screens, the palms and flowers still heavy with dew.


Our excursions. We stayed at Moonracer 6 days, and had at least one activity/excursion planned for each one. We went to the Belize Zoo (totally unlike any other zoo you’ll ever visit); river tubing; Tikal (a must-see for the history and the trip to Guatemala); Actun Tunichil Muknal (with Gonzo, who provided laughter as well as fantastic background); the full-day hike to waterfall (led by Julio)…it was completely deserted, and if you go, ask him how you can make the waterfall into a SUPER exciting water-ride (I think we gave him a bit of a heart attack when we disappeared under the waves!); Ka’ax Tun (Julio was the guide again…he actually CREATED this park in 7 Miles and can take you to some amazing sites…as well as Mayan ruins. We really enjoyed the free-climbing part, though Julio DEFINITELY put us to shame in this arena!) Tom and Marge really helped us pick excursions that were perfect for our interests and activity level…and they do that for EVERYONE who comes. There were two other groups that rotated through during the time that we were there, and they had different interests/goals than we did, but loved what Marge and Tom had helped to plan for them as well.


Unexpected – and awesome – surprises. Take one of our days: We went into town with Tom and Marge and got to go to the market; then we caught the end of a soccer game between the police and national guard; that night we also went to dinner at their favorite local restaurant, and then, on our way back to Moonracer, we pulled over on the dirt road because the sky was completely clear and the stars were beautiful. We spend the next 45 minutes using Tom’s iPad to identify constellations, looking into the night sky.


The property. The flowers and plants they’ve meticulously cultivated make you feel like you’re walking through a tropical paradise – waking up in the morning and walking from our cabin to the dining room/kitchen made me happy to be alive. There’s no electrical light, so you eat dinner by candlelight and lamp, which just makes everything feel relaxed. Indeed, instead of being a challenge, the lack of electricity was incredibly freeing – time seems not to matter and you seem to breathe more deeply...and they have awesome flashlights and headlamps you can use when having to walk to and from the cabin, take a shower, or go to the bathroom in the dark, and they have internet in the dining area, too (a generator) so you still have creature comforts. J


They make you feel like family. A couple examples: we didn’t realize how grubby we’d get from our excursions and hadn’t packed enough clothes, so Marge offered to do our laundry!! (I am still eternally grateful for this.) Tom provided us with socks for our ATM tour (bring a pair that can be thrown away) – and, at the end of our stay, let us borrow their car to go to Rio on Pools for the afternoon – an unplanned, but amazing excursion that we highly recommend. Julio opened his home and life to us – he remains one of the most humble, kind and honorable people we have ever met. We spent hours talking with Tom, Marge and Julio during meals, after meals, while on excursions, and just while hanging out. We felt like we really got to know them – truly became friends on the trip. They are people we miss.


We truly cannot recommend Moonracer Farms – and Tom, Marge, Julio, and Janet – any more highly. They are a 120 on a scale of 10. We hope to make it back to Belize – and to Moonracer Farms – someday soon.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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