About The Lodge at Chaa Creek – Rainforest Eco-Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize
Internationally recognised as one of the world’s top eco-resorts, Chaa Creek is set within a pristine 365 acre nature rainforest reserve bordered by the tranquil Macal River and the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The eco-lodge is located in beautiful San Ignacio, Belize. Gorgeous garden paths connect 23 cottage accommodations, an excellent restaurant, jungle lounge and conference centre and lead to the pool, Hilltop spa, Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Maya Medicinal Plant Trail and the secluded Macal River Camp.
Accommodation options include lovely thatched cottage rooms, suites and villas with indoor and outdoor private Jacuzzi and sundecks surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Miles of rainforest trails are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and guided nature walks.
Located within the Heartland of the Maya, Chaa Creek contains over 70 Maya sites, and is close to the richest and most intriguing ancient Maya temples and ancient cities. Our rainforest to reef packages open up the incredible variety of Belize from the Maya Mountains to the stunning Belize Barrier Reef.
For those seeking a true Belizean experience with a range of options for both adventure and relaxation, and with award winning Green practices, Chaa Creek is the recognised destination of choice.
Our Impact on the Local Community and More
Chaa Creek developed organically, growing out of the exuberance and idealism of two young adventurers who started a small farm in the 1970s, and then began taking in guests to earn necessary extra income. 10% of all accommodation revenues go directly into social and environmental programs in the local community.
It’s been an amazing journey, and along the way we learned some valuable lessons that continue to define Chaa Creek today.
Environment – It’s a give and- take-relationship, and you take more than you give at your own peril. We learned what the Maya did millennia ago – the environment isn’t an endless resource that you can continually exploit without any sense of responsibility or stewardship. Humans and nature share a dynamic relationship. Look after the environment, and it will look after you.
People – As Chaa Creek developed, so did our sense of community. We received so much assistance from our neighbours we felt blessed to be able to give something back when our first tractor, an old beat up Massey Ferguson arrived from England and became a shared resource. Belize has one of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet, and we learned much about patience, tolerance, that coexistence doesn’t necessarily lead to conformity, and about appreciating diversity while sharing the positive attributes one’s own cultural background.
This ongoing give and take came to define Chaa Creek’s relationship with the environment and our neighbours, based on that old Belizean saying, “hand wash hand”.
Over three decades later, Chaa Creek has grown into much more than any of us could have imagined. The overgrown little citrus orchard has evolved into a 365 acre nature reserve, our staff of 125 people includes the sons and daughters of our original neighbours and townsfolk, and the interdependent nature of living “back a bush” is still very much alive.
Its small wonder that an ethos of contributing to both the land and society that nurtured us comes naturally.
The Chaa Creek Cares initiatives are a natural outgrowth of this development, and we invite you to take the time to learn more about them.
Chaa Creek Cares: http://www.chaacreek.com/conservation/
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