Inland, Eco-Tour Adventure in Mainland Belize
For over 30 years, the Lodge at Chaa Creek has provided the ideal base for exciting inland adventure in the historical heartland of the Mayan Civilization. Set along the banks of the Macal River in the jungle foothills of the Maya Mountains, this is one of the most established and well-known adventure and ecotour jungle lodges in all of Central America. Chaa Creek’s 365-acre resort operation and private nature reserve provide a fantastic complement to any ocean-based Belizean fishing package. The Lodge focuses on Belize’s mainland ecology and natural history, as well as its vibrant, varied culture that includes the rich Maya civilization and impressive archaeological sites.
Guests are immersed in one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world and the Lodge is committed to ensuring that it remains vibrant and unspoiled for generations to come. At Chaa Creek, every adventure is enhanced by comfortable accommodations and excellent food. With several different lodging options, guests can choose a Garden Suite, the Orchard or Spa Villas, the Macal Cottage, or the Tree Top Suite.
Food and Beverages
The amazing Chaa Creek kitchen staff combines modern and “old fashioned” cooking techniques using a wide variety of fresh local produce. Each morning, you may start your day right with a selection of tropical fruits and homemade yogurt. Or, go local and try a more substantial breakfast of refried beans, eggs, and freshly prepared corn tortillas.
For lunch, order from the Lodge’s extensive Back-a-Bush Menu with a choice of international dishes, like pizzas and pasta, or regional favorites, such as quesadillas and tamales.
Dinner brings an abundance of choices; beyond the à la carte dinner menu, the chef’s daily four-course connoisseur menu–a highlight for many guests–presents flavorful, innovative dishes. Expect the best in Belizean fusion food from this menu, such as carrot-ginger soup with orange peel and lemongrass, cho-cho, and cantaloupe salad with mango-balsamic dressing, and fresh fish filets wrapped in ‘Santa Maria’ leaves sprinkled with lime butter. The Lodge bar carries the best selection of spirits in the country and is open from 6:00 AM until the last guest leaves for the evening.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages of any length can be arranged. Yellow Dog recommends this Lodge as an add-on to a Belizean fishing package.
The Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek
Guests desiring to truly immerse themselves in the Belizean rainforest experience take time out to enjoy Chaa Creek’s professional spa treatments in one of the most stunning, relaxing settings imaginable. The Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek is set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and huge Caribbean Rainforest – an extraordinary, peaceful setting enhanced by the background music of tropical birds and jungle sounds.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Chaa Creek Nature Reserve is an adventure in itself and offers a full range of exciting, educational, and healthy activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. The Lodge offers carefully designed tours that unveil the fascinating world of Belize, from inland Maya archaeological treasures to the stunning Barrier Reef. The Reserve’s miles of lush, well-maintained trails are perfect for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Canoe trips down the beautiful Macal River are another relaxing way to travel through the jungle. Licensed guides are always available to guide you through Belize’s natural history including the fascinating Maya civilization, which once thrived in this area. With a Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Rainforest Medicine Trail, and numerous guided activities, your days at Chaa Creek will be wonderfully full.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may also work in the area.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged. Yellow Dog will be happy to coordinate all of your transfers and arrivals, and a Chaa Creek multi-day package can easily be added on to any of our Belize fishing packages. Most Yellow Dog guests visiting Chaa Creek take a ground transfer from Belize City to the Lodge. The 1.5- hour drive from the airport (or downtown Belize City) to the Lodge is pleasant and hassle-free.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Chaa Creek is a non-fishing, mainland ecotour destination that is the perfect accompaniment to a fishing trip. Since most fishing lodges and destinations in Belize do not expose guests to the wonders of the mainland and jungles, an add-on to the beginning or end of a structured fishing package is highly recommended.
Boats and Equipment
The Lodge offers a wonderful river canoeing program on the Macal River. Guests may use the canoes at their leisure or with a guide.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Chaa Creek Inland Expedition Packages
Three, four and five-night inclusive packages start at $1,180.00 US per person.
While numerous packages are available, our most popular are the Family Package and the Chaa Creek Inland Expedition Package. These inclusive Belize Vacation Packages are available year-round. Contact Yellow Dog for further details on these options, as well as single occupancy rates, custom packages, group rates, and shorter or longer trips.
Three-Night Chaa Creek Inland Expedition
- All airport transfers to and from the Lodge
- A visit to the Belize Zoo on your arrival OR departure day
- Overnight accommodations at the lodge
- All meals at the Lodge
- All taxes and gratuities to Chaa Creek staff
- Guided activities (at the Lodge’s Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm, and Belize Rainforest Medicinal Trail, as well as canoeing on the Macal River, early morning birdwatching, and one full-day tour)
Four-Night Chaa Creek Inland Expedition
- All items outlined in the Three-Night Chaa Creek Inland Expedition PLUS:
- Your choice of two (2) full-day tours
- A half-day tour on non-transfer days
- Unlimited on-site activities
Five-Night Chaa Creek Inland Expedition
- All items outlined in the Four-Night Chaa Creek Inland Expedition PLUS:
- Your choice of two (2) full-day tours
- A half-day tour on non-transfer days
- Unlimited onsite activities
What’s Not Included:
- Optional tips to drivers and guides
- Alcohol and bar tab at the lodge
- Visa and border crossing fees into Guatemala (optional for Tikal visits)
- Park entrance and park guide fees
- Snorkeling and diving tours
- Helicopter tours if desired