Get Active and Adventurous This New Year with Hiking and Caving at This Rainforest Lodge

by Megan Rodden

Is your New Year’s Resolution to be more active and adventurous in 2024?  The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant is the ideal destination to fulfil this fun goal.  Nestled within the lush greenery of tropical forest is a pristine paradise offering a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and immersive experiences that will ignite your passion for exploration and set you on a path toward a happier, healthier life.  Here are several reasons why a retreat at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is the perfect place to kickstart your 2024 journey to a more active and adventurous you.

Hike for Your Health

There is no doubt that getting out and communing with nature is beneficial for both your physical and mental health.  The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant sits among rich natural wonders; verdant jungle, dramatic cliffs, bountiful orchards, sparkling streams, and vast networks of mysterious caves. 


A tapestry of trails weaves its way through this mountain oasis.  Some lead you over suspension bridges where you can catch a glimpse of rushing water beneath you as you walk the wooden planks to reach the forest on the other side of a forge.  Some trails take you through rolling fields of citrus trees heavy with fruit. Others climb limestone karsts and reward your effort with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape from elevated lookout points.  Choose a route that challenges you and the reward will be far greater than simply calories burned.

Enjoy an exhilarating hike up to the Scenic Mountain Lookout at The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant. Photo courtesy property.

Seek solace in the peacefulness of nature–the towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant flora.  The sensory experience of being surrounded by the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest will fuel your desire for discovery. It will deepen your connection with the natural world.  Whether you just drop in for the day or stay at the lodge for an extended exploration, hiking Sleeping Giant’s beautiful property will bolster and invigorate you.

Expand Your Comfort Zone

Saying “yes” to new experiences, unfamiliar food, foreign customs, and unknown exploits comes easily at Sleeping Giant. The scene is naturally set for spontaneity, investigation, and discovery.  Immerse yourself in local culture and traditions and learn about the rich heritage and ancient practices of the indigenous Maya people.  The stunning landscape here was once populated by an ancient kingdom, prolific in power and population.  Hear the echoes of the lost empire if you listen intently enough  inside the sacred caves they once used for religious ceremonies and sacrifices.


Belize offers visitors a uniquely special opportunity to probe these subterranean passages that the Maya used thousands of years ago.  Sleeping Giant’s guides specialize in adventure excursions, specifically expeditions underground.  Explore Xibalba (the Mayan word for Underworld) by canoe, inner tube, or trekking on foot.  A visit to the ceremonial cave at Sleeping Giant is especially exciting. A very limited number of modern-day people have ever entered this sanctuary and tours are only offered to guests of Belize Collection properties.

Allow your spirit of adventure to carry you from below, to well above the jungle canopy, and give zip-lining a try.  This high-speed journey through the jungle is certain to get your adrenaline pumping. You’ll also enjoy a bird’s eye view of the tropical forest.  Horseback riding is another exciting way to see the sights and look for exotic birds and other wildlife within the rainforest.  If you’re feeling really brave, you can embark on a nighttime jungle safari to pursue nocturnal prowlers; things that creep and crawl and go bump in the woods after dark.  What an adventure!

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Break from routine and push the parameters of your familiarity. Getting out of your comfort zone may seem daunting, but you’ll likely find the new experiences fun and enriching.  Make 2024 more meaningful and memorable by embarking on a new adventure at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge.

All Photos courtesy of The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

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