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Copal Tree Lodge

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A luxury ecolodge, spa and farm in the forested hills above the Rio Grande in southern Belize.

Copal Tree Lodge and farm is a luxurious hilltop property sitting agreeably within in Belize’s now well-established tradition of high-end eco-tourism. There are just 12 stylish and spacious thatched suites with private veranda and full-length windows overlooking exuberant jungle where you're likely to spot howler monkeys crashing through the forest. The lodge has its own working farm and exquisite gardens:  bird of paradise flowers grow alongside banana palms and plum trees.  

The lodge is much more than top-notch, ultra-relaxing accommodation though – in addition to the spa, its farm produces most of the food prepared at the lodge, from organic vegetables to humanely produced meat. In addition to the kitchen garden, there's a cacao plantation, shade-grown coffee and a large orange grove.  The property offers chocolate making classes.

Stroll down 365 steps or take the private tram to the riverside dock and explore by kayak or canoe. From the dock you can also embark on cruises on the jungle reaches of the Rio Grande, or guided snorkeling and fishing adventures on the Caribbean Sea.

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What our clients say

  • There were so many highlights, but undoubtedly the most memorable part was seeing jaguars near Chan Chich on two consecutive days, and even being able to take photos of the…

    CT, Crowthorne
  • 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
  • Local flights were amazing enabling us to really see and appreciate the country.  In three weeks we only met 3 other British couples as most travellers appeared to be from…

    CT, Horley
  • 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
  • JLA have been great, and Belize as a country is nothing short of astonishing in every way possible. We will be going back at some point. In fact I'd quite happily…

    SC, Wandsworth
  • We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds…

    RW, Usk
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Our Expert's Opinion

This lodge enables you to get off the beaten track in Belize and stay in an incredible jungle setting but not have to compromise on luxury. They also have a wide range of activities on offer from Tortilla making classes to horse riding.

Hannah
Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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