Cayo District, Nature Reserve in Western Belize
Today we visited the Cayo District in the western part of Belize close to the Guatemalan border. As we drove from the coast to the west, we were marveled by the beautiful hills and mountains rich in green dense jungle. From the humblest of beginnings Chaa Creek Cottages has grown into a 365 acre private nature reserve offering a range of exciting, educational adventures, expeditions and cultural experiences.
The Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Conference Centre, Macal River Camp bungalows, Rainforest Medicine Trail, Organic Maya Farm, eco-friendly Hilltop Spa and swimming pool are linked by miles of beautiful jungle trails perfect for bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, or just strolling through a pristine rainforest. The canoes remain the most popular way to explore the river and enjoy scenic excursions into San Ignacio Town. The Chaa Creek region has been a hub of Maya civilisation for thousands of years. They are now internationally recognised for providing an authentic Maya experience, and already this year played host to leading Mayanist and author Dr Mark Van Stone as well as a team from National Geographic magazine. Throughout 2012 they will be offering unique Maya tours, presentations, events and activities, culminating in the grand Winter Solstice celebrations on December 21. They offer the Reef and Rainforest Tour where you can combine a true Caribbean getaway with a Maya experience.