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[1 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

A Dream Deferred No Longer

During the summer of 2000, a friend and I decided to save our earnings for an adventure in Belize. At 21, I had yet to explore anywhere outside of the United States, and I was ready to see more of the world. I worked the early-morning shift in the stockroom of a national retailer, and then I would work on the weekends at a gift shop. When I found out my friend hadn’t saved very …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

For children of any age, wonder is intrinsic to their learning. Nature, wildlife, creatures of the forest – all induce great questions. How are these animals different from us? How do they breathe, eat and move? What makes some dangerous, others not? Why are they of different shapes, colours, sizes and looks? It is questions like these that arouse curiosity and provide the basis for a child’s exploration of the universe.
With two kids, aged 12 and aged two-and-a-half, my …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

I am 30 years old, and I’ve been exploring the natural world since before I could walk. My parents took me “swimming” in rivers as an infant and hiking through snowy woods as a toddler. As I got older and moved away from home, my time was focused on obtaining an education, and I spent too much time inside. Now that I have almost completed a long road to the start of my career, I …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Location, Location, Location.
How many places are there in the world where you can sleep right in the middle of a jungle, and with minimal travel time visit Maya temples, swim with dolphins, visit caves, and see majestic waterfalls?
Within the boundaries of the 365 Chaa Creek private reserve, you can go horseback riding, possibly see over 300 species of birds, take a canoe trip, go hiking, go mountain biking, tour a butterfly farm, walk …

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[29 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

As long-time travelers to Belize, friends at Victoria House recommended we experience the unique and eco-friendly Lodge at Chaa Creek.  The chic palmthatched Orchard Villa was our home during the 4-day stay that included a wide array of activities.  From the archeological exploration by horseback of the vast nature reserve, the tour of the on-site Mayan farm, to the Butterfly Farm, each day was full of incredible experiences.   Olivia (our child) was given her own  butterfly chrysalis to keep …

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[29 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

From what my parents told me about their trips to Costa Rica, it sounds like Belize will be very similar in many ways. However, neither they nor myself have ever seen Mayan temples.
I grew up near St. Louis, MO. Right across the river there are a number of mounds built by the Mississipians, which was a very advanced culture for their time. There are several very large burial mounds in the area, and some believe the Mississipians may have …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Belize Vacation Sweepstakes (Essay#41)

To our friends at Chaa Creek Last May my wife and I spent four, days at the Lodge at Chaa Creek, and we will be going back, but this time with my grandkids!! We were a little apprehensive at going to Belize and into the “jungle”, but we quickly found out that Chaa Creek was easy to get to and very safe. It provided us with just the right mix of adventure, activity, solitude, and …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

The cathartic and captivating effect that a stay at Chaa Creek instills on its guests through the concord of nature and man is unparalleled. From the innovative structure of the Tree Top Suites that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the overwhelming scenery of the rainforest, to the magical romance of the Macal Cottages, Chaa Creek leaves an imprint on everyone.
Whether you wish for a relaxing day at the spa surrounded by the therapeutic sounds of the rainforest or …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

For the ultimate vacation
Chaa Creek is my inspiration
A hunger is inside of me
A dream to travel, and to see
Unspoiled beauty of Belize
Basking in the tropical breeze!
Fun adventure would begin,
Unique culture soaking in
Mayan temples I would climb,
Imagining another time

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Several years ago a friend told me about her travels to Belize, and ever since I have wanted to visit the country for myself. The pure beauty of the countryside itself is reason enough to want to go, but the rainforest and waterfall excursions, the activities like canoeing and mountain biking, and the history of the region with the Mayan temples are even more reason I would love to go to Belize! I would also love to base my …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

It all started in 2001, when my mother was hospitalized for complications from breast cancer.  She was placed on a respirator and we were told she still had a good chance of survival. My legally-blind sister, Karen, came up with the idea of taking my mother on a verbal trip to the warm, tropical places that Mom had always wanted to visit. On the computer in the ICU waiting room, Karen began to search for a virtual destination and eventually …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

When I first saw your website I was interested because my husband and I have friends (pen pals, actually) that live not to far from there in Belize. We became friends through an act of charity on our part which has become so much more! We enjoy writing to them monthly and it’s been a joy to continue to keep in contact with them now for the past few years.
Through this wonderful friendship we exchange cultures, languages (I am learning Creole) …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is the best Belize vacation destination and here’s why.  When I sat down to plan our family vacation, it seemed like an impossible task — I had to please everyone in our family!  You see, tired Mom (that’s me!) wanted some pampering and rejuvenation.  My husband wanted excitement and activity on our getaway.  Vacation priorities of my two young sons involved exploring and swimming.  And all of us share a deep passion for discovering, …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

We visited Chaa Creek last summer and since then have been dreaming about returning – this time with a larger group!  The place was so wonderful we want all of our family to experience it.
When you stay at Chaa Creek, you feel very close to nature.  You fall asleep to the sound of croaking frogs and awaken to singing birds.  The grounds are landscaped with palms and tropical fruit trees, and iguanas live among the …

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[22 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

When I travel, I look to experience the destination COMPLETELY but not from a huge resort perspective. To me, “resorts” are merely anchored cruise ships. I prefer a location away from anything approximating this cookie-cutter approach to travel. I prefer to be away from the din,
enjoying the natural surroundings, in comfort.
Chaa Creek caters to my type of traveler: someone seeking activity while nestled in tranquility. I want to spend my days thoroughly engaged in the environment: diving, bird watching, …

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[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a cure for the metaphorical “hiccups” of day-to-day life. It is a place where, if you want to do nothing, there are no distractions forcing you to action or reaction. Yet, it is also a place where, if you want to experience, adventure is abundant, and if you want to learn, culture, history, and nature are at your fingertips. All without the annoying distractions that often accompany travel and …

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[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Belize Vacation Sweepstakes (Essay#31)
I would love to visit Belize and The Lodge at Chaa Creek. My husband and I enjoy adventure travel and have been looking forward to a Belize vacation for some time. I was so excited when I came upon the Lodge at Chaa Creek since it provides everything that we are looking for: a luxurious Belize eco-lodge in a remote jungle location, great local cuisine, many choices for adventure both on site …

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[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Young Newlyweds Ache for Jungle Opportunity
As my fiance and I prepare to celebrate our promise of life together, we have found that our honeymoon would be lacking if we celebrated anywhere except Chaa Creek.  Having the opportunity to celebrate the beginning of our life together in this peaceful and serene Belize resort, would be our perfect start.  As young newlyweds, we would forever cherish the opportunity to enjoy this start in our life at …

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[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

I would love to visit Chaa Creek with my family, because I want my children to understand that traveling means meeting new people and opening one’s eyes to a different place and different cultures. We have two girls, and I’ve been looking for a great place to vacation and avoid the overt commercialism of some family vacation places. Basically, I want a princess-free holiday with my girls. I want them to feel good about themselves for trying new adventures, …

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[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Searching for the special place to spend our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband and I immediately thought of Belize.  We have never been to Central America before but it was on our bucket list.  The Lodge of Chaa Creek website caught our attention.  Intrigued by this 365 private reserve situated in a lush rainforest surrounded by panoramic views of the Mayan Mountains I knew this was the perfect setting for nature lovers such as ourselves.  Voted …