The Caves Branch Experience

by McNab Editorial Team

If adventure is a top priority on your vacation then experience Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch, an oasis tucked away in Belize’s lush rainforest! Just off the Hummingbird Highway, this jungle lodge boasts a 20 year history in Belize – now home to some of the most thrilling and adventurous tours Belize has to offer. What first started as a small jungle camp by founder Ian Anderson, has now evolved into a 5-star jungle retreat, including tree top villas, outdoor showers, and private rooftop hot tubs. From the moment you step foot at the Lodge, you’re immersed in the tranquility of this calm oasis and its iridescent vegetation. Nestled in a lush 50 thousand acre estate, Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world.

Adventure, Privacy & More

Enjoy morning coffee off your balcony as the fog rolls over the mountains. Next, head down for a wholesome breakfast with fresh tropical fruits, cheese, and yogurt made on-site – you’ll need the fuel for adventures ahead. Armed with your game face and a wide array of both on-site and off-site options, head out for your adventure of the day! How about their signature Black Hole Drop or onsite activities?

Poolside relaxation
photo courtesy Caves Branch

The Black Hole Drop

For the thrill seekers, Caves Branch’s ‘Black Hole Drop’ is a uniquely adventurous and awe-inspiring hiking experience. It starts with a 90 minute steep uphill hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains and into the upper edge of the sinkhole. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sinkhole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, and 200 feet above the rain forest canopy that grows out from its basin. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, this is the experience for you. Give into exhilaration and bask at the natural wonder beneath your feet! Not to mention, it’s just a short ride back to the lodge for a dip in the pool with an ice-cold drink. Don’t worry, you’ve earned it!

photos by Little Wander Book

Relax onsite with a Cheese Tasting or Botanical Garden Tour

If you prefer to relax to the sounds of the rainforest, enjoy the botanical gardens or a cheese tasting tour! Are you a foodie? Caves Branch’s Artisan Cheeses are the only handmade cheeses found in Belize that are fully aged in a humidity and temperature controlled ageing cellar. Turned every 48 hours and polished every seven days with ageing up to 24 months, you’ll be thrilled with the outcome. And for those true cheese lovers, their premium aged cheeses have been recognized as “truly superior international cheeses”. Combine the cheeses made onsite with tropical, fresh fruits and bits of carefully baked homemade breads for a true Caves Branch experience.

Ready for both an educational and dazzling tour? Experience Belize’s largest collection of native epiphytes, such as orchids and air plants, at the Caves Branch Botanical Garden! Visitors to the garden have the great opportunity to smell the lemongrass and all-spice leaves onsite. Plus, see the coffee, cacao, papaya, and pineapple growing, at various times of the year, along the sides of the walkways through the gardens. Additionally, as a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to conservation, the Caves Branch Botanical Garden has become the only refuge for local anteaters in Belize. Co-founder Ella Baron, is the only Tamandua certified rehabilitator in country!

Cheese Tasting Tour, made on-site

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