While the term “ecotourism” may be modern, its ideals have been practiced by responsible travelers for decades. Mick and Lucy Fleming demonstrated a dedication to these principles back in ’81 when they established Chaa Creek Belize. Because their goal was to create a haven for conscientious travelers who wanted more from their experience than just souvenirs and a sunburn, Chaa Creek offers the opportunity to truly integrate with nature and culture.
Some vacationers view ecotourism with skepticism, thinking it’s merely a less fun form of travel. On the contrary, ecotourism allows adventurous souls the opportunity to learn about their environment and access it in a much fuller way than the average tourist. They are able to make exciting discoveries and leave their destination better than they found it, instead of lounging at a resort pool, complaining that no one speaks their language.
I have always been fascinated by culture and world heritage. When I travel to a new destination, my main objective is to meet the locals and learn more about their language, traditions and challenges. It has been my privilege to meet with fascinating individuals around the globe and to hear their stories. Of all the places I’ve been, Belize presented some of my most unforgettable experiences. This is why I’m so grateful that Chaa Creek is committed to preserving the regional culture and its precious ties to the ecosystem.
On my next trip to Belize, I will definitely be visiting Chaa Creek. The Macal River offers some of the wildest and most beautiful terrain on the Yucatán, making the lodge’s location second to none. With their unwavering dedication to ecology and culture, it’s no wonder that National Geographic Adventure and Condé Nast have taken notice. Chaa Creek is the perfect way to experience the best in ecotourism.