Chan Chich Lodge
Lovely Eco-lodge in a remote and wonderful location
- 12 private bungalows
- Screened outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi
- Nature walks
- Exploring Mayan ruins
One of the very best eco-lodges in Belize, Chan Chich is in a truly privileged position being in such a large private reserve. The lodge itself is set in the grounds of an ancient Mayan plaza, flanked by the grassy ruins. Extensive trails around the lodge lead to other large ruins as yet unexcavated. Howler and spider monkeys are easy to spot in the trees while birdlife is abundant and this is one of the premier locations in Belize for spotting.
The lodge itself is very comfortable with private bungalows for all guests with king size beds and tasteful wooden furnishings. The deluxe bungalows have extra-large bathrooms with double waterfall showers. There is also a large two-bedroom villa (with private pool) suitable for families or groups of friends.
The lodge has a good screened outdoor pool and a truly excellent restaurant for such a remote location. The guiding is also very good, many of the staff having worked at the lodge for decades rather than years meaning they know every detail of the surrounding nature and wildlife.
Supporting their staff
For many years Bowen & Bowen, the holding company that owns Chan Chich Lodge, has supported the Casey Community Primary School that provides education to the staff’s children at Gallon Jug Farm. The lodge also provides free housing, electricity and water for the staff.
The three Rs
Recycle, Reuse and Reduce are the three key principles that Chan Chich Lodge adhere to. Although they have electricity 24/7, they curb electricity use by turning off lights and fans when not in use. Although water is plentiful, they manage it carefully in the lodge and staff housing, for example, the staff gathers rainwater at their house and purifies it for cooking or washing. The gardeners on-site are working to plant an edible landscape of fruit-bearing trees within the lodge grounds, and these items make their way into their kitchen and onto the plates of guests. The lodge also makes furniture and building materials on-site from their own wild fall or sustainably-harvested wood.
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