Belize, Latin America – Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

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Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Belize, Latin America

 

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Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Whether you are looking for a week of adventure or a shorter add-on to your Belizean dive or island getaway, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is sure to appeal. With a variety of accommodations ranging from simple to romantic, each unit maintains the original objective of the ideal Caves Branch guest: allowing you to experience the rugged beauty and natural symphony of nature that surrounds the lodge. Surrounded by wildlife, we invite you to explore the range of accommodations that offer lovely jungle cabanas to luxurious treehouses overlooking the river below.

Although Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is rustic in nature, they are incredibly unique and if you are up for some real Adventure combined with some of the most amazing Belize Excursions – choose Caves Branch as your base camp!

Located in the geographical center of Belize in the heart of a vast section of pristine rainforest, Caves Branch Lodge offers visitors five-star luxury accommodations elegantly integrated into the surrounding nature.

As the premiere Adventure Jungle Lodge in the country, Caves Branch is a true oasis in paradise. The Lodge has a buffet-style restaurant serving up mouthwatering meals each day, a swimming pool, hot tub, professional massage center, and the largest botanical garden collection of orchids and Bromeliads in the country.

Although not a resort, Caves Branch Jungle Lodge specializes in organizing adventure tours of the surrounding nature. Guests can enjoy horseback treks through the jungle, bird watching expeditions, trips to ancient Maya cities, hiking and rappelling, and of course the Caves Branch famous- cave tubing. Developed by Ian Anderson- the founder and owner of Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, cave tubing is a unique experience that involves floating down vast underground rivers on an inflatable inner tube.

For adventurers looking for more extreme experience, Caves Branch Lodge offers night treks of the jungle in order to see the approximately 80% of wildlife that is only active at nighttime, overnight stays in nearby caves, and the popular Jungle Quest Expedition, a four-day, three-night experience where guests must rely on just a machete and bush skills in order to survive.

Although Caves Branch Lodge specializes in fun and exciting adventure expeditions, guests are treated to a truly five-star experience while on the property. There are cheese tastings regularly held in the botanical gardens, and the lodge’s treehouse suites offer guests a unique opportunity to experience nature while enjoying all the modern comforts. With hot and cold running water and beautiful views of the surrounding jungle canopy, the Treehouses at Caves Branch Lodge are lovingly furnished with locally sourced marble and hardwood furniture.

All meals served buffet family style offering a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes. A large selection of fresh local fruits and vegetables are included in every meal. All buffet items, including breads, are freshly prepared and baked for each meal. You won’t go away hungry, we guarantee it.

Caves Branch house specialty drinks, the “Cave Wreck”, “Cave Colada” and the “Panty Ripper” are renowned throughout Belize. The bar is also stocked with the world famous Belize Belikin Beer and a full range of spirits.

While on site guests can enjoy one of two beautiful swimming pool and hot tub and/or swimming in the Caves Branch River, depending on the season. This is one of the more open areas at Caves Branch and offers guests the opportunity to relax and get some sun surrounded by lush and colorful tropical landscaping.

The upper pool and hot tub are for lounging while the lower pool is set aside more for swimming. Generally quiet during the day, it is a great time to rest, relax and read while sharing the pool area with a variety of bird life. Around 3:00 pm the pool area can fill up, particularly the hot tub and becomes the social center for our guests to exchange stories while rejuvenating their bodies, sometimes mending sore muscles not often enough used at home.

Looking to unwind even more? Massage services are onsite to truly relax those muscled and prepare for another exciting adventure that awaits.

Packages can be tailored to suit including Adventure Packages, Rainforest weddings, Ultimate honeymoons, Student deals and more. While truly unique and beautiful, Caves Branch is not for everyone. Please contact our specialists for candid information and to see if Caves Branch is for you and to tailor your escape to Belize today.

 

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Introduction to Belize

Presenting an adventurer's paradise, Belize: Mayan temples tower above rainforest canopies while an incredibly colorful array of marine wildlife find protection in Belize's Great Barrier Reef. Discover Belize!

No more than two hours from three gateways in the United States, and just a short hop from Mexico, getting to Belize is painless. With the right planning and preparation your visits, tours and excursions around the country can be just as simple.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. You might say that Belize is the outdoors. You will find diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, and exploring nature at its best.

Every destination in Belize has its share of archaeological and national parks, marine and nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries. Each of these protected areas is packed with opportunities for adventure.

While the country of Belize is divided into six districts, you'll find it easier to plan your visit by looking at the nine tourism destinations:

Northern Belize Covering the two districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, the north is a Belizean bonanza of natural wealth and archaeological wonder. Spectacular ancient cities, highlighted by the temples at Lamanai, evidence the ancient Maya's affinity for the area. With jungles, rainforests, coastal lagoons, and rivers, the region is home to an amazing array of animal and plant life that includes the jaguar and the manatee. Culturally the north is primarily Mayan and Spanish with the Mennonite farmers adding their old world flavor to the mix.

Belize District The district is dominated by Belize City and offers a host of attractions including several sanctuaries, the world class Belize Zoo, a new museum, historic government buildings, churches and the incredible Maya site at Altun Ha. The city is a great place to spend a day or two learning about Belize's history and its multi-cultural heritage while mingling with the amiable, laid back Belizeans who greet you with a smile. It's also the perfect place to plan and begin your discovery of Belize and offers all kinds of access to any destination in the country.

Ambergris Caye The largest of all the cayes, Ambergris Caye is renowned for its beaches and proximity to the coral reef. From here, you can indulge any wet adventure you can dream up; Sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and manatee watching are among the most popular. San Pedro, the caye's hub, offers any variety of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightlife. For a change of pace and scenery, the bay side of the caye is a great place to get acquainted with Belizean bird life.

Caye Caulker Just south of Ambergris is the relaxed and slow-paced Caye Caulker where you can indulge your island fantasies on a quiet beach and get to know the Mestizo and Creole culture, customs and traditions. Offering budget accommodations and excursions with a full range of services, Caulker is also well known for its friendly, easygoing people who make it difficult for you to leave this sunny, sleepy little island.

Cayo Located in the western interior of Belize, Cayo is a 1500 square mile district that encompasses a good portion of the Maya Mountains and has more than its fair share of ancient Maya sites to visit and explore. To the east is the capital city of Belmopan and to the far west, visitor friendly San Ignacio, the main city of the district. Between the two lie a world of forests teeming with wildlife and immaculately beautiful tropical watersheds catered to by a variety of jungle and river lodges to suit any style, budget and adventure.

Stann Creek The journey in by road on the Hummingbird Highway, with breathtaking vistas of the rainforests and the Maya Mountains, takes you all the way into culture rich Dangriga, historic home of the Garifuna people. Opportunity for marine adventure abounds with the nearby coral reef, cayes and coastal villages, while the Cockscomb Basin bears witness to Belize's lush broadleaf tropical forests that are home to countless species of plants and animals. Stann Creek is ideal for its accessibility to a huge variety of Belizean discovery destinations both inland and out in the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean.

Placencia White sand beaches, brilliant blue waters and a hundred ways to enjoy the coastal treasures of Belize await you at Placencia. Spend your days in the water diving, fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach, and your nights at the many interesting restaurants and watering holes that feature local food, culture and live music.

Southern Belize Nearly 1700 square miles of prime opportunity for the adventure minded and the adrenaline addicted is the Toledo district of Belize. A cultural lean towards the Mopan and Kekchi Maya is evident and homestays will give you an inside look at how the Maya have balanced tradition with the demands of a modern world. The ancient Maya cities, intricate cave systems and pristine rainforests headline a long list of attractions accessible from the coastal city of Punta Gorda, including lagoons, rivers, creeks and cayes. Wildlife, birds, trees and plants in astounding variety make Toledo a nature lover's paradise.

Belize - "Top Side" Activites and Adventures

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Belize. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL:

Actun Tunichil Muknal "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize, who first began to use the entrance during the early classic period (300-600AD). It was not until the late terminal classic period (700-900AD) that the Mayas traveled deeper into the Cave to conduct their ceremonies.

The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Here you will be exposed to the individuals sacrificed to the gods of the underworld. Visitors to this cave have the opportunity to travel into the Maya past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context.

ALTUN HA MAYAN TEMPLE:

Belize offers the opportunity to visit a number of Mayan Ruins. Altun Ha, the most extensively excavated Maya site in Belize, was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. The site consists of two main plazas with some thirteen temple and residential structures.

The "Jade Head," representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, was the most significant find during Dr. David Pendergast's excavations. At approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three-quarter pounds, it is still to this day the largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area.

BIRD WATCHING:

The species and variety of birds visible to viewers varies is contingent on the natural habitat in which a person is looking. With 66% of the country still forested, Belize is home to more than 600 identified species of birds, with an average of five new species discovered each year. As viewers often spot 50 species in a single outing, be sure to keep your eyes open and your binoculars in hand. Whether on a remote island, along the coast, on a jungle walk, or in the backyard of a hotel, visitors are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird's wings.

BLACK HOLE DROP CAVING AND ABSEILING:

The “Mother of all Caves” Actun Loch Tunich ! This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sinkhole basin. Fully trained caving guides rig a system of rappelling ropes for your decent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, and the last 100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy.

CAHAL PECH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Cahal Pech is located on the southern outskirts of San Ignacio Town in the upper Belize Valley region of the Cayo District, Belize. The site center sits on the crest of a steep hill on the west bank of the Macal River. The central acropolis, approximately 900 feet above sea level, provides a commanding view of the Maya Mountains to the south and the fertile valleys of the Belize River to the northeast.

Cahal Pech is a site with an unpropitious Maya name meaning "Place of the Ticks." This ceremonial center includes pyramid temples, palaces, and a ball court. Five stelae and an altar show presence of the stela cult. Some major buildings were roofed with the Maya vault, some apparently not. There was a gradual architectural growth, the occupation probably running through the entire Classic Period.

CANOPY TOURS:

Belize Zip Line and Aerial Canopy Tour is a first class high Adventure Trip for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers in the heart of the Belizean Wilderness. The Canopy Tour involves traversing from Tree Platform to Tree Platform, 80’ above the Forest Floor dangling only from a steel cable.

CAVING:

It is estimated that there are thousands of caves in Belize. This is due to the fact that much of Belize's land surface is underlined by limestone. This creates extensive underground cave networks and sinkholes. Therein lay many relics of Belize's rich ancient Mayan past. Many caves prove a challenge to the experienced spelunker, but there are a few which beginners can access and enjoy.

CAVE TUBING AT JUNGLE DOME:

Tubing along underground waterways, cave walls glistening, showing off their crystal formations. The Mayans used these caves a thousand years ago and fascinating artifacts remain. Beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and the very immensity of the cave itself will take your breath away.

KAYAKING OR CANOEING:

Though Belize is a relatively small country, with very low-lying land, it receives plenty of rain during the winter season, and supports 20 major river systems and smaller streams. These many waterways are potential outdoor adventures for the kayak and canoe lovers. This is an excellent way to bird watch and view wildlife along the banks. You will also experience the flow of human life in Belize as the rivers of the country are still major gathering places for fishing, cleaning and transportation. Sea Kayaking in Belize is also available around the cayes.

SAN PEDRO LAGOON:

Accessible by boat ride or kayak, this lagoon, the largest on the island offers visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse of a crocodile, raccoons which inhabit mangroves, and countless magnificent bird species. Take a ferry boat ride to the north of the island past the river and have lunch at one of the quaint restaurants in the area. The atmosphere of the north differs because of the littoral forests with its associated plants and animals. Iguanas and Wish Willies are common to this area. Also visit the Zaak Ba Ajo Lagoon in the San Juan Area. Great place to snorkel, go kayaking or bird watching.

TIKAL MAYAN TEMPLE:

Tikal in its heyday ca 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala’s premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travelers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers.

Should you select a guided tour, you will receive personal assistance with the Belize/Guatemalan border and be accompanied by an English speaking guide the entire day, who will share fascinating information as he/she leads you through the 5 major temples built 1300 years ago.

XUNANTUNICH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Xunantunich means "stone woman" in Mayan. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period (300-900 A.D.) with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The tallest is the 130 foot "El Castillo," which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded by the Caana pyramid at Caracol.

The center of Xunantunich occupies an area less than a square mile. The center is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The large pyramid, El Castillo, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple.

WINDSURFING:

For water enthusiasts, the Cayes have it all, flat water created by the reef and the constant onshore/side-shore winds that provide an ideal location for the beginner to try a first lesson or take a course. For the intermediate, the conditions enable the excitement of blasting and chop hopping. Runs of 10 miles plus are possible on either tack; perfect for practicing waterstarts and carve gybes. The water below is so clear that you can see fish and stingrays and it is not unusual to see dolphins as you pass. For more experienced windsurfers, there are several wave sites, and of course, access to the swells of the big blue.


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