Chaa Creek Nature Reserve

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Chaa Creek Nature Reserve in Cayo, Belize

Set along the banks of the Macal River, the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve is a 400-acre protected area that offers extensive ecotourism facilities in Cayo, Belize. Cayo is known for having a multitude of Maya temples, caves, rivers, and natural attractions, all of which are loved by jungle explorers.

The nature reserve is open to day visitors and overnight guests who can stay at an on-site luxury eco-resort or rustic eco-pods.

Visiting Chaa Creek

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The Chaa Creek Nature Reserve is located 7 miles (11 km) west of San Ignacio, which serves as a hub for jungle adventures in western Belize and nearby Guatemala.

Along with a series of hiking trails, highlights within the nature reserve include a natural history museum, butterfly farm, Belize medicinal plants trail, Maya organic farm, horseback riding, rainforest RTV tours, and an uncovered Maya site. It’s also a great place to spot wildlife such as birds and howler monkeys.

Staying at Chaa Creek

Rainforest Infinity Pool and Manicured Grounds at Chaa Creek Eco Resort

Within the nature reserve, there are two lodging options for anyone that wishes to stay at Chaa Creek.

There’s an award-winning jungle resort, which is rated as one of the world’s best eco-lodges, and there are rustic eco-pods, which cater to guests that prefer a more rugged, camping experience.

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The Lodge at Chaa Creek

As one of the first eco-lodges in Central America, the Lodge at Chaa Creek has won many international awards for its sustainable tourism efforts. The resort caters to guests that enjoy nature and want to learn about the Maya culture. And for those seeking pampering, there’s also a spa and wellness center on-site.

Eco Pod at Belize Rainforest Retreat in Cayo, Belize

Belize Rainforest Retreat

The Belize Rainforest Retreat offers guests an affordable glamping-in-the-Belizean-jungle experience while still having access to many of Chaa Creek Resort’s complimentary luxury resort amenities. Lodging options at the retreat include 10 Eco-Pods located within a secluded area of the Nature Reserve.

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