When they began farming on the banks of the Macal River in western Belize, Mick and Lucy Fleming always strove to coexist with nature, and as Chaa Creek grew, so did their appreciation and respect for Belize’s diverse ecology and rich culture. It was only natural that when the Flemings began taking in guests to create one of Belize’s first eco-resorts in 1981, they combined their love of nature with a desire to give visitors an authentic jungle experience that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and built comforts.
“Wildly Civilized” adventures were born.
Our commitment to responsible travel has resonated with guests from around the world, and we are proud that Chaa Creek continues to win recognition as a model of sustainable, Green tourism. Our 400-acre private nature reserve is one of the most awarded Belize Eco Lodges, and in 2017 took first place honours in its category at National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards presented in Berlin.
Set along the banks of the Macal River and stretching towards the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek continues to provide unique adventure travel experiences for thousands of visitors looking for an in-depth yet civilized Belizean vacation, with a focus on Belize’s ecology, natural history and vibrant multicultural society.
Our location in the “Heartland of the Maya” gives us a special interest and expertise in helping visitors explore the many ancient cities, temples, ceremonial caves and archaeological sites of this fascinating ancient civilisation, and we offer cultural tours that give visitors an insight into today’s Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole and German Mennonite cultures.
Belize is a place of spectacular beauty, and when sharing our home and our love for what makes it so special, we also wish to share a sense of responsibility towards protecting the country’s vibrant yet fragile ecosystem.
Sensitive construction, creative recycling and other green practices have always been part and parcel to our development, and while we are honoured to have been so widely recognized for doing what, to us, comes naturally, we take even greater pride in the overwhelmingly positive comments we receive from visitors.
Our guests say they appreciate Chaa Creek’s eco-friendly blend of pristine nature and a casually luxurious built environment, and enjoy the flexibility and choice we offer in accommodations, amenities, meals, tours and expeditions.
Our wide range of accommodations allow guests to select lodgings that range from the rustic charm of the Belize Rainforest Retreat at Chaa Creek (formerly Macal River Camp) to the unparalleled luxury of the new Ix Chel Luxury Rainforest Villas, whose stunning views, private Jacuzzis, plunge pools and amenities such as the attention of a personal butler have set new standards for excellence in a pristine natural environment.
In addition, our infrastructure and nationwide network of colleagues enable us to offer a range of comprehensive, hassle-free tours and all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that cater to all ages, interests and levels of fitness. For example, our close relationships with premier Belizean reef and island resorts at Ambergris Caye, Placencia and other Caribbean vacation spots allow us to offer comprehensive, seamless, and surprisingly affordable Belize beach and rainforest vacation packages that combine the best of Belize’s inland and Caribbean attractions.
Our colleagues share our respect for Belize’s environment and communities, so wherever you go on a Chaa Creek package tour, you can be sure that you are doing the right thing and participating in sustainable, responsible tourism. We hope you’ll sleep better knowing that ten percent of your room revenue at Chaa Creek goes directly into environmental and community projects under our Chaa Creek Cares initiative. and programs such as “Pack-a-Pound”, that provides disadvantaged Belizean school children with personal school supplies and other projects help build bridges between our guests and local communities that leave everyone feeling good.
For anyone looking for physically and intellectually stimulating expeditions, as well as affordable all inclusive family vacations, Belizean destination wedding, honeymoon or Maya adventure vacation packages and cultural tours, or for visitors just wishing to relax in comfort while experiencing one of the world’s most vibrant rainforest environments, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, as Belize’s “Destination Within a Destination”, remains the perfect choice to discover all those things that makes Belize truly special.
We invite you to navigate around our website to learn more – we hope your virtual visit will result in the real thing, and look forward to welcoming you into our extended family in the near future.
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Lucy & Mick Fleming, Founders and Owners