High above the meandering river where cool breezes rustle the towering trees of a pristine rainforest sits the Macal River Camp, Chaa Creek’s choice for those visitors wishing to get that much closer to nature.
Every effort has been made to create a true jungle experience without relinquishing comfort and safety. Here at the Macal River Camp you can experience nature much as the original Maya inhabitants or early settlers did – with little of the distraction or noises of civilisation. It is a tranquil, peaceful location that brings home the beauty and vibrant life of Belize’s rainforest and rivers.
Wake to the sound of myriad tropical birds beginning their day, enjoy a hearty breakfast from the camp’s home style kitchen and take a journey of discovery along the miles of trails through Chaa Creek’s sprawling nature reserve. The walk above the Macal River to the fascinating Maya Medicinal Plant Trail is beautiful, and other hiking, birding and mountain biking possibilities are, well, endless. Chaa Creek’s highly regarded stables are also within hiking distance, or we can bring the horses to you. Whichever means of rustic transport you choose, keep your eyes open for peccaries, tapir, armadillos, deer, monkeys, toucans, parrots and a host of other exotic animals inhabiting the rainforest.
Also within easy hiking distance are Chaa Creek’s world famous Butterfly Farm, Natural History Centre, and scheduled day tours to the impressive Maya pyramid at Xunantunich, and the huge ancient Maya cities of Caracol and Tikal. There are also regular excursions to airy Mountain Pine Ridge, the Chumpiate Maya Cave, and other Western Belize attractions.
Of course, you may want to hang around camp to relax, grab one of the canoes or just have a swim in the Macal River, surprisingly safe for being so pristine.
At our Belize Resort we don’t impose upon nature, but instead, as has been our practice for decades, happily coexist with it in respectful harmony. This philosophy is evident at the Macal River Camp, where sensitive construction, recycling and operations allows nature to flourish and welcomes the local wildlife. We take pride in offering this unique green jungle experience, and you can take pride in being part of it.
And, of course, if you fancy some more civilised comforts, Chaa Creek’s award winning restaurant, convivial Jungle Bar and luxurious Hilltop Spa are never far away. There are also daily trips into quaint San Ignacio town, or you may want to explore the river by canoeing downstream to it and hopping a ride back to camp.
However you fill your days, you’ll welcome a hearty home cooked dinner and cold drink on your return before relaxing around the campfire or in a hammock on your own private veranda with a good book, or just listening and watching as the jungle night unfolds.
The Macal River Camp has been designed for outdoors people who enjoy rustic accommodations in a remote setting, and does not provide electricity. The ten casitas, or small bungalows, are set on raised platforms and have private verandas. Comfortable beds with clean linens, pillows, towels and blankets and hygienic and environmentally safe bathrooms and showers are all provided, and the large thatched palapas is very comfortable for dining, playing games and socialising. While vehicle traffic into the camp is restricted, we cater to special needs.
What To Bring Along:
Hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, flashlight, camera, and raingear if needed.