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This resort compound outside the scruffy town of San Ignacio, winner of environmental awards from the World Travel and Tourism Council, American Society of Travel Agents, Caribbean Travel & Life and others, offers 23 well-decorated, thatch-roof cottages above Chaa Creek. Most recently built are two deluxe one-bedroom “Tree Top Suites” perched in the hardwood trees above the Macal River, each with accommodations for four. Chaa Creeks’ 365-acre nature preserve also includes a health spa featuring treatments using botanicals in the resort’s rainforest, whose recipe is said to come from traditional Mayan shamans. The budget and eco-conscious Macal River Jungle Camp is where our family stayed — a rustic alternative to the cottage suites, with fixed canvas tents, cots with linens, and common bathing and dining halls. The main lodge’s stylish bar and terrific restaurant are a meeting place, even for those in the camp. The staff is wonderfully knowledgeable, friendly, and great with kids: gently placing a butterfly on our son’s wrist, pointing out a visiting scorpion, scarlet macaw or howler monkey, leading flashlight-illuminated nature walks, giving rides along bumpy dirt roads in an open pickup truck, even demonstrating tortilla-making.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek near San Ignacio is an award-winning, top-rated eco resort. Their 365-acre nature reserve has a full service spa, a natural history center, and a butterfly farm where visitors can observe the life cycle of the Belizean Blue Butterfly.
Chaa Creek also has a native Rainforest Medicine Trail), a jungle garden (formerly known as Ix Chel) of plants and herbs used in traditional Mayan healing. Either their self-guided brochure (or a hired guide) will point out which plants and herbs can treat maladies such as malaria, diabetes, and head lice.
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My husband and I were lucky enough to travel Belize this past summer and were simply captivated by the country and its people. We did get to spend part of our trip at Chaa Creek and when we arrived my husband’s first words to me were “where in the world did you find this place?” The property was just simply amazing. From the beautiful landscaping to the immaculate cottages to the refreshing pool. It was the vacation that we dreamed …
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DAY SEVEN: There were no roads—just overgrown jungle.
Mick Fleming approached in dugout canoe. “But there was something about the place,” he recalls more than 30 years later.
His wife Lucy, who arrived on horseback the day after he saw the overgrown farm, agrees. “This place always had a certain amount of magic—a pull. I felt it. We were young and crazy—no money and decided to be pioneers.”
Lucy was from New Jersey; Mick from England. They had met in England …