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
What can I say? It was amazing. A trip of a lifetime.I spent four nights with my three children age 18, 16 and 10 and the memories will last a lifetime. Dwayne Tulcey who greeted us upon our arrival became a friend for life. He showed my 10 year old how to open a coconut and took us on a detour to several chocolate factories on our way to the airport when we left. The food is all organic and different each night - all local produce the surrounding farm. Fresh and gourmet. The cocktails are filled with fresh mint and ginger and local sugar cane and rum. Our favorite activity was "snorkelling with the chef" out to the deserted island just minutes from Copal Tree Lodge. Our room had a glass walled shower facing the jungle. My son loved to moon the howler monkeys. We made chocolate from cacao and brought bars home for our friends. It was quite magical start to finish. Highly recommend.
Such a beautiful resort and farm. Loved that our family got to learn a few things about the agriculture of the region as well. Food was amazing as was the service. We will definitely be back again soon!
My wife and I came for 3 nights at Copal Tree, with 2 days of guided fly fishing with the Garbutt's. It was a really good experience and we loved the lodge. The Staff and accommodations were awesome. We were impressed with the room, it was so clean and the bed was amazing. Best of all for me, was drinking a great Latte every morning on the porch and watching all the hummingbirds at the feeder.
Can we go back yet? The food was delicious, everyone was so friendly. Our suite was completely private. We loved going kayaking on the river below. Some members of our group utilized the small yoga studio they have although they do not get hold classes. This was an excellent place to rejuvenate
My fiance and I came to Copal Tree Lodge for 6 nights for our honeymoon, and we had the vacation of a lifetime! CTL provided us the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. We picked the lodge for its reasonable rates, the wide variety of guided excursions/activities offered on-site and off-site, the Farm-To-Table food & drink package, and the ability for us to relax in the rainforest. Such a great value!
Everyone from the front desk staff to the guides to the bartenders/waiters (and everyone else in between) are so genuinely friendly. Shout out to Mark and Desmond! The staff are legitimately interested in making sure you have the best trip possible. The Mayan ruins (Lubaantun)/cave swimming excursion was an amazing experience offered by the lodge...we even got to have an authentic home-made meal in our guide's home. The Snorkel with the Chef excursion was a great time too! Our cabin was beautiful. My wife and I enjoyed reading on the porch together listening to the howler monkeys. Having amazing bartenders make delicious adult beverages with rum distilled on the property wasn't bad either. This was the trip of of a lifetime. Ten out of ten. Would recommend.