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Inland Jungle Lodge Extensions

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Single travelers staying in a room by themselves will be charged this additional single supplement fee, as all of our regular prices are otherwise based on double occupancy.

SINGLE SHARE OPTIONS (if available)
If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will make every effort to find you a roommate of the same gender, in which case you will not have to pay the single supplement fee. The single supplement will be charged until we are able to confirm a roommate for you. If we are able to match you with a roommate, the single supplement will be refunded. In the event that we cannot find a share for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee.

New: Click the Singles Find a Share' icon below or check our "Community" page to connect with other single travelers looking to share.

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Belize

Inland Jungle Lodge Extensions

Destinations

  • Caves Branch Jungle Lodge
  • River of Caves
  • Sibun or Belize Rivers
  • Black Hole Drop
  • Lamanai Outpost Lodge
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Banana Bank Lodge
  • Caracol Mayan Ruins
  • Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or Che Cham Ha Mayan Ruins
  • Barton Creek Cave

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Highlights

This adventure lodge is where cave-tubing began! 3 night minimum package includes lodging, meals and choice of 2 tours:

  • River of Caves Tubing - float an underground river into a spectacular cave full of Mayan artifacts, petroglyphs and more.
  • River Kayaking - Sibun or Belize rivers. Great for wildlife viewing.
  • Mountain Biking - a jungle adventure on wheels.
  • Black Hole Drop - Hike through the jungle to a spectacular sink-hole and rappel 200 ft. down into a mysterious cave.
  • Mayan Ruins, Jungle Safari & more

Lamanai Outpost Lodge Highlights

Indiana Jones-style adventure up a jungle river to ancient Mayan archeological ruins. Packages include lodging, meals and the following tours:

  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Howler Monkey Trek
  • Night River Safari
  • Night Wildlife Walk

Banana Bank Lodge Highlights

A peaceful lodge and equestrian center on the banks of the Belize river. Package includes lodging, meals and choice of 2 tours:

  • Jungle Horseback Adventure
  • Caracol Mayan Ruins
  • Cayo West Tour - Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or Che Cham Ha Mayan Ruins, plus butterfly farm.
  • Barton Creek Cave Canoe Trip
  • Additional Tours available
 

Belize Lodging

INLAND BELIZE

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is a 5 star resort featuring breathtaking luxury tree houses with roof top decks and hot tubs, so you can relax after a day of adventuring under the stars. These unique tree houses allow you to experience the sights and sounds of the nearby jungle and river up-close. Each Riverview tree house is located about 75 feet above the Caves Branch River. The screened living room allows for panoramic views of the jungle and river below. There is a full indoor bathroom with shower and also, our guest's favorite feature, a second outdoor shower near the unit's entrance off of the main deck.

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Lamanai Outpost Lodge is situated on the banks of a 28 mile long spring fed lagoon amid the remnants of a major Mayan city. The lodge is surrounded by an incredible variety of habitats that facilitate unsurpassed nature-based and soft-adventure activities that depart right from your cabana's doorstep without the need for day-trips. Lamanai Outpost is one of only a very few of Belize's jungle lodges to have been repetitively featured on shows such as Wild Things, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic Explorer, and World Gone Wild. Voted Belize's Hotel of the Year for 1999/2000, the Outpost is widely recognized as one of Belize's finest jungle lodges.

Banana Bank Lodge

Nestled in a tropical jungle setting near the Belize River, you have a choice between thatched cabanas, deluxe suites, standard rooms or chalet rooms all here to suit any travel budget. Carved banisters, pink gypsum stonewalls, and rich local hard wood paneling make this a beautiful place to enjoy. Our meals are served family style and are widely reported to be some of the best in Belize. The family atmosphere provides a setting for lively discussion between guests of different locations and interests. Menus vary but center around the kind of home cooking we call "grandma food" and our girls put on some of the best cuisine found in Belize.

 

Belize Activities

At a Glance

Caves Branch Activities

  • River of Caves Tubing
  • River Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Black Hole Drop
  • Beaches/Ocean
  • Mayan Ruins, Jungle Safari

 

Lamanai Outpost Activities

  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Howler Monkey Trek
  • Night River Safari
  • Night Wildlife Walk

 

Banana Bank Activities

  • Jungle Horseback Adventure
  • Caracol Mayan Ruins
  • Cayo West Tour
  • Barton Creek Cave Canoe Trip
  • Additional Activities Available
 

Belize Wildlife

Wildlife of Belize

Belize is home to an amazing variety of wildlife, from howler monkeys and red-eyed tree frogs to kinkajous, hawksbill sea turtles and toucans. There are still places where no human has ever laid foot, at least not since the ancient Maya ruled these jungles from their magnificent pyramids. Most regions that have been explored are still wild and rugged, with an array of natural wonders and wildlife that includes the world's second largest barrier reef, the world's only jaguar preserve, the longest chain of caves in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh highest waterfall in the world.

 

Belize FAQ

Belize Facts for Visitors

Location

Belize lies on the eastern coastline of Central America, bordered on the north by Mexico (the Yucatan Peninsula), on the west and south by Guatemala, and on the east by the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is separated by sea from its neighbor to the southwest, Honduras.

Government

Independent nation since 1981, member of British Commonwealth of Nations. Parliamentary democracy with two major political parties, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People's United Party (PUP). Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow. Belize has a Constitution, which includes a Bill of Rights.

Size

Approximately 8,866 square miles. Belize's mainland is approximately 180 miles long and up to 68 miles wide. Belize also consists of over 200 cayes (islands), ranging in size from a few hundred feet to 25 miles long and four miles wide; most of which are located inside the 200 mile Belize Reef.

Population

The population of Belize is approximately 200,000. There is a great deal of ethnic diversity among Belizeans, who include Creoles (African-European), Mestizo (Spanish-Indian), Garifuna (African-Indian), Mayan, Anglo-European, Middle Eastern and Asian.

Language

English is the official language and is widely spoken, as is Spanish. Other languages include Creole, Mayan and Garifuna.

Departure Tax

A tax of $39.25 US is charged when leaving Belize; this fee is usually included in the price of all U.S. airline tickets.

Entry Requirements

All U.S. citizens must have a passport valid beyond their planned departure date, proof of an onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds (a minimum of U.S. $60 per day) to cover the cost of the length of stay. No visas are required for citizens of the United States for tourist visits.

Customs

U.S. residents are permitted a $400 per person (or $1,100 per family) duty-free tax exemption upon returning to the U.S., and can also bring back one quart of alcohol and 200 cigarettes duty-free.

Currency

Local currency is the Belize Dollar. One U.S. dollar is worth two Belize dollars. The Belize dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar so this rate of exchange does not fluctuate. U.S. dollars should be exchanged directly in purchasing goods and services, as banks will charge a fee (currently is at .0125) to exchange U.S. to Belize dollars. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere in Belize. Credit Cards/Travelers Checks: Nearly all hotels, restaurants and shops in the major towns and tourist areas take all major credit cards. Street vendors and smaller establishments in remote areas may accept only cash or travelers checks. It's important to keep travelers checks in a waterproof pouch, as they are considered void if they get wet. Representatives of VISA, MasterCard and American Express can be contacted at the four commercial banks in Belize City (Atlantic Bank Ltd., Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Bank, and the Belize Bank. Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 8 AM-1 PM and Saturdays, 8 AM-11 AM. American Express also has a representative at Belize Global Travel Services, Inc., at 27-7257.

Electricity

Same as US (110 volts AC). However, most jungle lodges, and most Cayes, are on diesel generators so electricity is both costly and environmentally unsound. We recommend that you minimize your use.

Time Zone

Belize is in the Central Standard Time zone, and does not utilize daylight saving time.

Sales Tax

Belize recently instituted the "value added" ("VAT") tax. This tax, set at 15%, is applied to all goods and services except hotel accommodations. There is a 7% hotel tax. Some hotels also add a 10-15% "service charge" to the bill; inquire about this when checking hotel prices.

Tipping

Tipping is voluntary; tips of 15% are acceptable; more if the service is exceptionally good. Some hotels and restaurants add a 15 percent service.

Climate

Belize is subtropical, with a mean annual temperature of 80 degrees F. Winter storms may bring the temperature down to the low 60's; it can reach the mid-90's on the mainland in the hottest part of summer. Trade winds blow along the coast and on the cayes most of the year, keeping temperatures pleasant even in the hottest months, except for a few weeks, generally around mid-August through mid-September. The dry season generally lasts from November through May; the rainy season is typically June-November. Hurricanes occasionally occur; they are most likely to hit in August through October. Rainfall is heaviest in the south and the jungle areas, lightest in the north and on the Cayes. Water temperature averages between 79 and 83 degrees F.

Water

Most Belizean homes and hotels use cisterns to collect rainwater for drinking and home use. In severe droughts, cisterns may run dry. Regardless bottled water is advisable. Visitors should be aware of the need to conserve water during the dry season, especially on the Cayes. Do not eat fruit you have not pealed yourself, stay away from leafy vegetables like lettuce, and avoid ice cubes. These are common causes of amoebic dysentery and giardia, both of which are unpleasant enough to be worth avoiding at all costs.

This Trip's Exclusive Wildlife Features:

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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • River of Caves Tubing - Float an underground river into a spectacular cave full of Mayan artifacts, petroglyphs and more.
  • Black Hole Drop - Hike through the jungle to a spectacular sink-hole and rappel 200 ft. down into a mysterious cave.
  • Indiana Jones-style adventure up a jungle river to ancient Mayan archeological ruins.
  • Jungle Horseback Adventure - At a peaceful lodge and equestrian center on the banks of the Belize river.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • River of Caves Tubing - Float an underground river into a spectacular cave full of Mayan artifacts, petroglyphs and more.
  • Black Hole Drop - Hike through the jungle to a spectacular sink-hole and rappel 200 ft. down into a mysterious cave.
  • Indiana Jones-style adventure up a jungle river to ancient Mayan archeological ruins.
  • Jungle Horseback Adventure - At a peaceful lodge and equestrian center on the banks of the Belize river.
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