BELIZE: The Less-Traveled Corners
|By Rod Lopez-Fabrega
The Lodge at Chaa Creek:
While this resort is a bit pricey, it offers an interesting option for the traveler on a budget. A riverside trail from the main grounds leads to a campground within the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve. The campground provides screened, canvas-roofed cottages, communal hot-water shower stalls and a thatched-roof casa with tables and benches for socializing and home-style Belizean stick-to-the-ribs food. The price for these accommodations if very moderate.
Many tours and activities are offered. These include a day trip across the nearby border into Guatemala on a much improved highway to visit the ancient Maya metropolis of Tikal. Even closer to Chaa Creek is the site of Xunantunich, one of the most impressive Mayan citadels in Belize. Getting there includes crossing a river on a unique hand-operated car ferry, with you and your car literally pulled to the other side by a lone boatman working a crank and pulley. Other possibilities for entertainment include horseback riding, hiking and canoeing on the Macal River.
|Mirroring the observations of Steve Schulte, Lucy Fleming, co-founder and proprietor of Chaa Creek along with husband Mick, says, “Belize has successfully branded as a nature-based, multi-cultural country that speaks English and has something for those people interested in nature-based activities. That is why we appeal to the kinds of people who come here for completely different reasons than others head for Cancun.” She agrees with Mr. Schulte that “Belize is the next great place.”|