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You may rent a canoe for exploring the Macal River. Take a trip upstream, paddling up as far as you wish before leisurely drifting back to Chaa Creek. Then there's the downstream option of paddling and floating to San Ignacio for approximately two hours. Tie up near the historic Hawkesworth Bridge where we'll pick you up for the drive back to the lodge. Our concierge will advise you on what to bring, best times to leave and sights along the way.

Head downstream on the pristine Macal River as it flows from its headwaters in the Maya Mountains on its endless journey to the Caribbean Sea.   Paddle and explore on your own or relax and enjoy the wonders of nature with a professional naturalist guide.    The verdant banks of the Macal River are home to numerous species of tropical birds as well as giant Green Iguanas . . . and don't forget to take a refreshing swim along the way. Hungry?  Stop for lunch at "Faldy's"  in the village of Cristo Rey.  Ask the Concierge to call in advance.

We also offer optional tours upstream to the Belize Botanic Gardens, Black Rock Canyon down to Chaa Creek, Clarissa Falls to Branch Mouth on the Mopan River, Iguana Creek to Banana Bank on the Belize River and multi-day expeditions on the Belize River. (See Concierge for details).

Tour details:

Water conditions: Under normal condition mostly flat water with some short class 1 rapids - water and rapid conditions will vary with seasonal rains.

Departures: Anytime before 2:00 pm unless accompanied by a guide

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Fitness: Moderate

Habitat: Sub tropical riparian broadleaf forest with limestone karst geologic formations

Dress: Shorts, swim wear, water sandals

Equipment: Vest type life preservers and paddles

What To Bring Along:

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant and camera.


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