Mayan Jungle
Black Rock Lodge

Immerse yourself in nature at this eco lodge, nestled on the banks of the Macal River in the thick rainforest of the Mayan Mountains.

The 20 sustainable cabins are scattered through the forest and offer a slice of serenity and a connection to the surrounding wildlife, while a wide range of activities will keep guests of all ages busy.

Facilities & Activities

The jungle setting means that wildlife opportunities are on tap. Bird watching is a big part of stays at Black Rock Lodge – you can spot nearly 390 species of bird in the area around the lodge, and a team of expert guides are on hand to help you identify them. River activities can also be arranged, ranging from tranquil guided canoe and kayak trips to adrenaline-fuelled river tubing.

Other guided activities include treks through the Don Elijio National Park, jungle night hikes, horseback riding, caving and zip lining. There is also an open-air yoga shala in the treetops and a spring-fed swimming pool. Massage treatments – including for children – can be arranged.

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Dining

Locally-sourced, homemade food is the order of the day at two-storey Black Rock Restaurant, which is perched above the river and affords superb jungle views. Hear the birds singing as you tuck into dishes made using ingredients that come from the scenery around you – the resort has hundreds of fruit trees, including banana, plantain and mango, plus a herd of goats that provide fresh milk everyday and chickens for fresh eggs. Cheese, yogurt, granola, jams, bread, pastries and rolls are all made in-house, while juices are squeezed fresh from seasonal fruits several times a day.

Rooms

The cabins all have one room but are split into five types, with the largest sleeping up to six guests. All are light and airy, made from natural wood, stone and slate sourced from areas of Black Rock, with screened windows offering impressive jungle views. There are no televisions or air conditioning in rooms (ceiling fans come as standard, and extra fans can be requested), in order to allow guests to get closer to nature in a more sustainable way. The decor is smart but homely, with neutral colour schemes, local artwork on walls, en-suite bathrooms and hammocks on each deck.

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Family

Families are well catered for as all cabin types can sleep at least four people (each cabin has the option of either one king-sized bed or two queen beds). Larger families should book a Riverfront Deluxe cabin, which can accommodate six people on two queen-sized beds plus a sofa bed. For extra space, you could book both Riverfront Suites, which each sleep up to four people and have an interconnecting door.

Children will love picking fresh vegetables at the organic farm, collecting eggs from the resident chickens and meeting the goat family. Staff are able to arrange tailor-made adventures for families, which could include a trip to the butterfly farm or a chocolate tour. Other family-friendly touches include children’s massages and a kids’ menu in the restaurant.

Sustainability

Sustainability is the guiding principle of Black Rock Lodge, they achieve this is a number of ways:

  • All energy at the lodge comes from renewable sources, 30% solar & 70% hydro power significantly reducing carbon emissions.
  • The lodge has developed an effective water system to prevent pollution of waterways.
  • Effective bathroom appliances have been installed to preserve as much water as possible.
  • Fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, yoghurt & cheese come from the on-site farm.

Location

This jungle setting is wonderfully secluded, situated down a seven-mile dirt road and surrounded by the Don Elijio Panti National Park. It’s located a 30-minute drive south of San Ignacio, which is connected to Belize City via an hourly bus service. Transfers and taxis to Belize City can also be arranged by the hotel, taking around 2.5 hours

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