Chaa Creek — Macal River Camp
San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
Chaa Creek is a private 365-acre nature reserve on the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. High above the meandering river where cool breezes rustle the rainforest canopy sits Macal River Camp, Chaa Creek’s choice for those visitors wishing to get that much closer to nature. Every effort has been made to create a true jungle experience without relinquishing comfort and safety. At Macal River Camp guests experience nature much as the original Maya inhabitants did, in the very heart of the beauty and vibrant life of Belize’s tropical rainforest. Chaa Creek's philosophy of coexisting in respectful harmony with nature is evident at Macal River Camp, where sensitive construction, recycling and operations allow nature to flourish. As vehicle transport to the camp is restricted, tranquility and a genuine wilderness atmosphere prevails.
Macal River Camp is designed for outdoors-oriented guests who enjoy rustic accommodations in a remote setting, knowing that such a context provides greater proximity to nature and wildlife. The 10 casitas, or small bungalows, are set on raised platforms and have hardwood floors and private verandas with hammocks. Comfortable beds with fresh linens, pillows, towels and blankets, and hygienic and environmentally safe shared bathrooms and showers are all provided. While the camp does not have electricity, kerosene lanterns are provided for atmospheric lighting after dark. The large thatched communal palapa is a comfortable place for dining, playing games and socializing, and the campfire ring invites leisurely relaxation.
Chaa Creek has been awarded many ecotourism accolades over the years and is currently benchmarked by the Green Glove international certification process. Chaa Creek founded the Belize Foundation for Conservation to support local conservation and community projects through promoting environmental education, cultural awareness and sustainable conservation practices throughout Belize.