Belcampo Lodge Belize
What We Love
- Flash rate includes round-trip airport transfers (between the property and Punta Gorda airstrip), full daily breakfast, laundry, nightly turn-down service and daily free activities
- Warm handmade tortillas, farm-fresh eggs and boiled chaya leaves with spicy salsa make a delicious Belizean breakfast
- The activities: world class fishing and birding, kayaking on the Rio Grande and visiting the on-site sustainable cane, cacao and coffee plantation
- Floor-to-ceiling glass in the cabins’ showers means views across the jungle
What To Know
- The management of the property switched from Machaca Hill Lodge to Belcampo in 2011
- It's best to take a flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda (not included in the rate); transfers from the airstrip to the lodge are free
- Be sure to pack bug spray, and expect howler monkeys as tropical alarm clocks
Belcampo Lodge, known as Machaca Hill until 2011, offers a rare mix of isolation and indulgence in a pristine patch of southern Belize. The lodge comprises a palapa-style main house with 16 private cabins around a pool, and it crowns a small hill overlooking an expanse of rain forest and the snaking Rio Grande just below. Each cabin is spacious, with polished wood flooring and furniture, plus a kingsize canopy bed with uninterrupted views of the surrounding jungle. The Belcampo’s kitchen is committed to serving delicious locally inspired food, 70 percent of which is produced on the lodge’s own farm. The small, single-room spa also takes full advantage of this setting with a massage table beside a glass wall, and there are self-guided hikes around the property to get you even closer to nature.
In the Area
Expert local guides are on hand to help you find the catch of the day in secret fishing spots and locate the best vantage points for seeing the long, strikingly colored bill of a toucan. The Belcampo can also organize visits to culturally significant Mayan monuments or tours of the neighboring rain forest. Be sure to swim and get some sun on Belcampo’s private island, a short boat ride from the lodge. After dining at the restaurant, see where your meal came from with a tour of the lodge’s on-site cane, coffee and cacao plantation, and harvest cacao pods with the Belcampo’s farmers.
How to Get There
I stayed at Copal Tree Lodge for seven nights in late September early October. I took the Culinary Immersion package as I was very interested in the Lodge's farm-to-table approach.
All the staff at Copal Tree Lodge are wonderful. They take the time to get to know you, they learn your habits (and worry if you're OK when you sleep in late, stay in bed reading, and don't show up for lunch until 2pm!), and they take great care of you.
The various tours and activities I took part in were fantastic. I was a bit concerned the farm tours might be superficial and rather touristy, but it was completely the opposite. I have some background in agriculture, both as a hobby and professionally, and I really enjoyed walking the grounds with one of their foremen. I had some great discussions about their agricultural practices.
Working in Punta Gorda, the southern Toledo district, just north of Guatemala. I found copal tree lodge. This place is in the rain forest, you can hear the howler monkeys and see for miles. The service is great and they are almost 100% self sufficient, they have farms, on premise sugar canes and distilleries and even make their chocolate. They offer adventures at the lodge. I will definitely be back.
Such a lovely place, nice welcome drink, comfortable bed and the view of the surreal flora that belize has to offer. Come visit copal its a must... don’t forget to ask about the gym and the river side.
I'm long overdue writing my review, as our trip to Belize was in March. This was our 4th trip to Belize - we love it! - but first to the Punta Gorda area. The Copal Tree Lodge was fantastic. Wonderful service, stunning location, fantastic food and very comfortable accommodations. You really did feel like you were living in the jungle - most mornings we were awakened by the sound of howler monkeys. The birds were amazing. We took the snorkeling trip with the chef which was a full day and absolutely fantastic. Beyond that, we kayaked the river, took the farm tour, enjoyed massages at the spa, hiked and relaxed by the pool. The staff is very friendly and gracious. I would highly recommend this resort. Easy to get to by plane from Belize City. We'll definitely go back
Copal tree was an awesome experience for our family. Our tour guide Chan took care of all our activities and we learned so much about the area, cultures, and the jungle. The food was fantastic too with different menu items each night based on the onsite farm harvesting. We would definitely would rthis place to any family with teenagers.