Canoe Tours

Canoeing in Belize

You may rent a canoe for exploring the Belize 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. Kindly get in touch with our 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.

Daily at 9:00am and 1:00pm

Approximately 6 miles

2 to 3 Hours


Sub tropical riparian broadleaf forest with limestone karst geologic formations

Shorts, swim wear, water sandals.

Vest type life preservers and paddles

What To Bring Along
Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant and camera.


US $35 per person  Self Guided
US $45 per person Guided 
Return shuttle to Chaa Creek is included  
Taxes are additional  
Request A Reservation
E.g., 2024-04-20

Complimentary Tour

All our guests are offered complimentary use of canoes for paddling in our local area and returning the canoes to our river dock.

chaa creek staff guide Darren Lamb
our staff

Darren Lamb, Adventure Connoisseur