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The story of Chaa Creek Cottages began in 1977 when two young travelers stumbled upon what would later become their adopted home. In those days most business was conducted around bar room tables in Belize City and it was here that Mick and Lucy Fleming ran into the owner of an overgrown 140 acre farm in the Cayo District.

They soon moved out to the jungle property and within years the land was producing home grown vegetables. In those days the farm had no road access so the Flemings transported their produce by dugout canoe to the ready markets of San Ignacio Town, much as the Maya had done 1,000 years before.

The little farm was soon producing milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs - as well as two baby Flemings. When other travelers heard about the farm they would often trek out to visit, sometimes staying to lend a hand. As more visitors came, the Fleming's one room farmhouse became smaller and smaller and the idea was launched to build a guest cottage from materials found on the land.

Chaa Creek Cottages, the first jungle lodge in Belize, opened its doors in 1981 and over the next two decades growth has kept pace with the increasing number of visitors.

The Chaa Creek road was built by the British Army Corps of Engineers in 1983 and was accompanied by the addition of a dining room to cater to the six existing cottage rooms. Two years later indoor plumbing was installed and a further six cottage rooms, a 6,000 gallon of water tower, staff quarters and a gift shop were built.

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