Our Outlook and Ethics | Chaa Creek

Our Outlook & Ethics

Our Mission Statement:

"Founded by a love of nature and guided by the principles of responsible travel, Chaa Creek seeks to instill a sense of wonder and environmental responsibility in our guests through experiences that bring Belize's unique ecology, history and culture alive in an atmosphere of affordable luxury."


Throughout the years Chaa Creek has continually provided support to the local community; recognizing fully well that it is the local hard working Belizeans who have contributed so much to the success of Chaa Creek. Without their dedicated assistance, none of what we and our guests enjoy today could have been possible.

Sustainable tourism must be firmly rooted within the local community and must provide true and lasting benefits to all.

This is the fundamental reason why Chaa Creek supports many community projects and social welfare programs every year. 

We continuously offer assistance to local schools and training centers, sporting events and teams, youth groups, conservation projects and much more.


Eco-Kids Scholarship Program

Chaa Creek believes that the education of the children of Belize is the key to the preservation of our natural environment which in turn supports the sustainability of our tourism industry and thusly the economic well-being and social advancement of the people of Belize.

We are committed to this vision and continually strive to provide the financial and physical assistance required to achieve this goal.

Our Education Scholarship Program provides full scholarships to twelve Belizean secondary level students each year.

Additionally, our Eco-Kids Summer Camp gives 24 Belizean school children the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Belize first-hand while learning environmental responsibility during a fully sponsored week-long summer camp at our Macal River Camp.


Social Welfare

The health of the people of our surrounding towns and villages is of key importance to Chaa Creek. It is essential to us that all Belizeans have the benefits of good health care.

Over the years we have financially assisted and supported many of our staff members and their families as well as other members of the local communities when medical emergencies arise. 

We have secured specialized international medical treatment, facilitated medical evacuations and provided health care equipment and medicines in their time of need.


Supporting Law Enforcement

Recognizing the negative impact of crime against the welfare of our people and communities, Chaa Creek has taken a hands-on approach to helping alleviate this repressive and debilitating problem.

Six of our staff members serve as voluntary Special Constables with the Belize Police Department and our Loss Prevention Manager assists local communities with the establishment of Neighborhood Watch Programs.


Supporting the Belize Tourism Industry

Chaa Creek has and continues to actively contribute to the support and advancement of Belize’s tourism industry.

Over the years, members of our management team have voluntarily held leadership positions within industry associations and have served on and chaired numerous action committees and groups.

We take our commitment to the tourism industry and the people of Belize seriously and will continue to serve and support in the future.


Leave no trace outdoor ethics 

Leave No Trace is a set of principles for participation in outdoor recreation that seeks to minimize the impact on the natural environment.

Proponents of Leave No Trace believe that individual impacts caused by recreation can accumulate to degrade the land.  Therefore, the Leave No Trace message encourages people who spend time in the out-of-doors to behave in such a way that they can minimize unavoidable impacts and prevent avoidable impacts.

Leave No Trace is not simply a program for visiting natural areas; it is an attitude and a way of life.


Leave No Trace Guidelines

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the natural area or park that you will visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Choose proper clothing for the activity in which you will participate. Long pants & sleeves are recommended. Wear sturdy protective footwear, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring along a first aid kit, camera with extra batteries or charger, and plenty of drinking water.

Travel on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and, rock, gravel, or dry grass areas.
  • Walk on existing marked trails. Do not take short-cuts as this will increase soil erosion. Compacted soil and trampled vegetation takes years to recover.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when it is wet or muddy.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. Give nature a chance to recover.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out! Carry out all trash and leftover food. Please do not litter.


Leave What You Find

  • Allow others a sense of discovery. Leave rocks, plants, animals, and other objects as you find them. Treat living plants with respect and do not damage them.
  • Archeological sites and cultural artifacts are sacred to indigenous people. It is illegal to disturb or remove any artifacts.

Respect Wildlife

  • Travel quietly and observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Treat the animals you encounter with respect and give them the space they need to feel secure. Remember that you are a visitor and are traveling in their backyard.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, or raising young.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Take breaks away from trails and other visitors.