Belize holidays, tailor made

“Belize may be tiny but it's also surprisingly diverse. This is our only tour to fully explore Belize's mountains, coast, jungles and history - before winding down on an exclusive cay.”

Highlights

Cayo District jungles & caves | Hidden Mayan ruins | Orange Walk tropical wildlife | Ambergris Caye

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Be sure to discuss your interests - the tour can be customised for birders, divers or archaeology buffs!
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Comfortable lodges with river/jungle/private island settings.
Included:
Accommodation, all flights and transfers, some shared excursions.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 6 dinners, lunches while at Lamanai Outpost.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize holidays, tailor made

Environment

Black Rock Lodge's passionate commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable operation is evident in every aspect of your stay. The electricity for the beautifully situated, riverfront cabins is supplied by a custom hybrid system consisting of micro-hydro and solar power and they practice energy conservation throughout the Lodge. 100% of water use is supplied by a nearby mountain spring and the Lodge is able to reduce water use through the installation of water conserving appliances. In addition, all of the wastewater is processed through "constructed wetlands" which use plants and natural aerobic bacterial activity to more completely clean the water, leaving no water contamination at all.

The waste from Lamanai Outpost is strictly controlled . Waste water is used for irrigation and potable water is treated via double pass reverse osmosis, ultra violet & ozonation. The lodge established, and helps maintain the community solid waste landfill site and they use a small but increasing amount of solar, transitioning over to LED lighting so as to reduce power consumption.
In 1992 the Lamanai Field Research Center was established. Funded by partner and guest contributions, the centre is involved in a variety of research and conservation, outreach and educationally focused programmes on threatened & endangered species such as : Jaguars and large cats, various species of turtles, crocodiles, bats & birds.

Community

Lamanai Outpost lodge is a very small, remotely situated family owned and operated jungle lodge.
Many of the staff have been with the lodge for over a decade and although women comprise over 50% of the staff, all of whom are from the local communities of Indian Church, Indian Creek & San Carlos, the lodge is very much an equal opportunity employer.
The local communities provide much of the lodge’s produce and the Indian Church Woman’s group provides all of the staff meals.

The Lamanai Tour Guide Association (LTGA) was founded in 1992 to provide training opportunities to the local community which now boasts over 20 qualified local guides. The association is highly regarded and often partners with the Belize Tourist Board in the running of general and specialized tour guide training courses.

Reviews of Belize holidays, tailor made

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This might be boring for some travellers but the highlight for me was photographing a Potoo in the rainforest above the Macal River at the Chaa Creek eco-lodge. I add here my thanks to David, my guide, and to the owner who understood joint problems and provided me with a guide/driver and vehicle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware that menu prices (and, I guess some accommodation tariffs)do NOT include a 12.5% Government tax and an optional 10% service charge. There is also a 'gratuity' space on credit card bills for you to add even more. I have no problem with the service charge especially when explained by the Chaa Creek management (they allocate 'shares' to all their staff and divide money twice a year to them all to enable the gardeners to benefit as much as the front of house staff) but it does hike the prices up when - maybe - you weren't expecting it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely. I talked extensively to the staff at Chaa Creek and some of them had to walk an hour each way from their village to their job but they were happy to do so. They felt they had good, well-paid work and were working to support the environment. Chaa Creek is especially eco-friendly and their recycling programme would put most of us to shame.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant. My husband and I both thought it one of the best holidays we'd been on. Superb destination. Fantastic people. Great culture. Stupendous wildlife. I think I've overdosed on superlatives. I'm not giving 5 stars because I haven't finished exploring yet!

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Black Rock Jungle Lodge. Picturesque, welcoming, fascinating.

2. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes.

3. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fantastic, up there with the best.

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