San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
Black Rock Lodge is a unique eco-lodge nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River in the Mayan Mountains of Belize. Thirteen cabins enjoyy stunning views of Black Rock Canyon, the Macal River, and the surrounding rainforest and wildlife. The cabins are airy one-room structures built to take advantage of the fresh mountain breezes—and each includes a hammock for relaxating. Fully screened windows and pitched roof lines create a comfortable and inviting rainforest retreat. All cabins have en suite bathrooms and closets. Simply decorated, the cabins display artwork created by local artisans and craftspeople.
Black Rock is a paradise for bird enthusiasts: more than 200 species of birds are present, and the lodge is one of the rare places in Central America where you can observe all three species of toucan in a single morning. In addition, the thrill of spotting either the orange-breasted falcon or white hawk soaring above the canyon, along with tracking the distinct call of the slaty-tailed trogon, add to the excitement of a visit to Black Rock.
Black Rock Lodge's passionate commitment to environmental stewardship is evident in every aspect of its sustainable operations. Electricity for the cabins is supplied by a custom hybrid system of micro-hydro and solar power. A nearby mountain spring supplies 100 percent of the lodge's water, while usage is reduced via conservation appliances. Wastewater is processed through a "constructed wetland." The lodge employs local staff from the surrounding communities. Excellent meals incorporate fresh organic fruits grown on site, and compost from the restaurant is used to fertilize the garden.