When We Travel Again: Escape to a Jungle Lodge in Belize

by Carolee Chanona

After a day of high adventure in Belize’s rainforest — caving, hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, birding, wildlife-spotting, horseback riding, climbing Maya ruins, or mountain biking — at one of the country’s jungle lodges, you can look forward to a delicious meal, good company, Wi-Fi and a comfy bed. Is it a divine coincidence that this freedom of thought comes in October – which just happens to be the month of peak bird migration? We think so! Plus, an outdoorsy holiday in remote areas of Belize is just about the safest holiday you can take. It is time to return to the jungle. Here some top picks for Belize’s best jungle lodges in all price ranges.

Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge


Sweet Songs is a true nature lover’s paradise in Western Belize.

Based on the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge is surrounded by 100 acres of lush tropical forest for a truly renewing resort experience. Above all, discover on-site wonders like incredible wildlife and birding alongside its Botanic Garden; some of the best culture and adventure experiences are just nearby. Altogether, this eco-lodge provides an intimate jungle setting for families, couples, and groups looking for an active vacation.

Blancaneaux Lodge 

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Blancaneaux Lodge nestled within Mountain Pine Ridge.

Nestled in the heart of Mountain Pine Ridge lies Blancaneaux Lodge, a member of the Family Coppola Hideaways. This intimate inn features 20 boutique cabanas overlooking the reserve. The reserve itself is a playground for nature lovers with waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, and a plethora of hiking and biking trails. After all, being tucked away in the ethereal Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve makes it the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate as you take in the beautiful sounds of nature. A nearby waterfall from Privassion Creek tumbles into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Besides, you can always enjoy Belize’s simple pleasures at a Coppola Hideaway.

Copal Tree Lodge 

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Redefining an ‘outdoor shower’ at Copal Tree Lodge.

Hidden deep in the rainforest on the southern coast of Belize, Copal Tree Lodge is the definition of a rural retreat at its best. At the heart of the lodge, there is a commitment to sustainability and the local community while 16 canopy suites, farm-to-table cuisine, a restoring spa, and a host of outdoor activities truly make this lodge a place like no other. Our top tip: make sure to visit the property’s cocktail garden. They grow their own limes, coconut, and pitaya – the perfect garnishes for your pre-dinner drink at The Rum Bar. 

La Milpa Ecolodge

The four lovely hardwood thatched cabañas at La Milpa Lodge is in tune with the natural surroundings.

In tune with the natural surroundings, enjoy La Milpa’s big comfortable beds, ceiling fans, and spacious bathrooms. There’s available WiFi at the restaurant, but that’s not why you’ve chosen this Belizean jungle lodge.  Nestled deep in the forests of northwestern Belize and known for the third-largest archaeological site in Belize, you’re at La Milpa to unplug. Guests visiting the La Milpa Lodge experience firsthand the rich history of the Maya Civilization. In 1996, the site received international recognition when a royal Maya tomb was found; a male skeleton adorned with a jeweled necklace was unearthed on its grounds. Not to mention, La Milpa’s site is only one of 60 Mayan sites found in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area.

Gaia Riverlodge 

Gaia Riverlodge

Surrounded by towering pines in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, GAIA Riverlodge is a stylish, open-air lodge beautifully perched above the Privassion Creek. Cabanas and villas are well spaced out onsite, naturally creating a sense of privacy by nature. Gaia is an hour jeep ride from the more populous San Ignacio area; here, guests can recharge inside the 24 private and spacious cabanas to the waterfall’s sounds. Enjoy the rainforest’s intimacy with its native birds, butterflies, and remarkable flora; it is all set against the soft glow of the setting sun. Ps: the riverside and waterfall-view rooms give unrivaled sunrise vistas amongst rural luxury.

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