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Looking for a fun, eco-friendly vacation this summer? Look no further than The Lodge at Chaa Chreek in St Ignacio, Belize, where having fun and living green are the order of the day.
The Lodge draws adventurers and romance seekers in equal numbers, offering everything from romantic honeymoons to customized eco-tours, including horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, tours of the on-site butterfly farms, and rainforest tours. And when you return from your hard day’s activities, you can head straight to the health spa.
The lodge is set on a private 365-acre nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The jungle lodge has 23 palm-thatched cottage rooms tree top Jacuzzi suites.
In 2009, the lodge was awarded a slew of eco awards, including accolades from: Green Hotels of the Americas: Conde Nast Traveler, Celebrity Love Nests: Forbes Traveler, Top Ten Eco-Resorts in the World: Delta Sky Magazine, Six of the Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels in the World: CNN Traveler, Best Family Resort in the World: Away.com, Belize’s #1 Best Resort & Hotel: Caye Consulting Group, and Pioneers of Prosperity: Honorable Mention – John Templeton Foundation.
How does the lodge maintain such high standards? By strictly adhering to its commitment to true eco-friendly living. All solid waste is separated and reused or recycled, organic kitchen waste and grass trimmings are composted, and aluminium cans are crushed and used as fill material in concrete building foundations.
Glass is crushed on-site in an electric glass crusher and used as an aggregate when mixing cement and fruits and vegetables for visitors and staff is grown on the Maya organic farm.
There’s a million different packages to choose from the true adventurers to those who just want to lay in their hammocks and listen to the sounds of the rainforest.