Black Rock Lodge

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Black Rock Lodge is an unassuming outpost in a truly scenic and unspoilt river canyon setting. It feels properly remote yet is just 40 minutes’ drive from San Ignacio and the Guatemalan border.

Nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River in the Maya mountains of western Belize you'll feel completely immersed in nature at Black Rock Lodge. Spacious cabins are simply decorated with local artwork. Each has a patio, and some have hammocks or views towards the Black Rock Canyon, facing the pristine tropical forest of the Elijio Panti National Park. Perhaps the best view is saved for main deck - where you’ll find the restaurant – perched over the canyon and which also doubles up as one of the lodge’s best spots for birding. The restaurant serves up unsophisticated fare and menu prices are sensible. For a refreshing dip there is a small spring-fed pool and guests are offered complimentary use of the lodge’s river tubes. The lodge is proud of its strong commitment to environmental sustainability which is evident during your stay; from the solar power practices through to the knowledgeable staff who come from the surrounding communities.

Onsite activities available include hikes in the National Park, birding walks and kayaking expeditions accompanied by local guides. Black Rock Lodge can also be used as base for outings in the wider Cayo District such as Xunantunich, Caracol or even Tikal in Guatemala but being at the end of a long and winding jungle track we recommend giving yourself at least a day here to discover your immediate surroundings.

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What our clients say

  • We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.

    AA, Market
  • We knew nothing about Guatemala and Belize before our trip and had not visited Central America.  We relied on JLA understanding our interests and the resulting recommendations proved very successful.

    NW, Wells
  • Highlights:- “Particularly impressed by Belize lodges - obviously higher price but well equipped for activities we enjoy such as bird/animal watching, canoeing etc 

    GW, Chinnor
  • We liked Guatemala and were particularly impressed with Belize (likely to go back there)” 

    NW, Wells
  • Brilliant holiday, Chan Chich was superb and we really enjoyed Victoria House. We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring…

    RW, Usk
  • Most memorable experiences: "Tubing down river at Chaa Creek. Howler monkeys above us at night, and avocados dropping onto our hut."

    LBM, Woking
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Our Expert's Opinion

One of Belize’s hidden gems, we love the relaxed, unpretentious feel of Black Rock. An excellent choice for birders and anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Sally Dodge Travel Expert A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.


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