We spent the first two days of our 4-day anniversary trip, and I was extremely happy that it worked out so well even with absolutely minimal planning. I did no online research...simply a call for room reservation and a trip - "Black Hole Drop".
It could have turned out bad, but this time I wanted to relax and turned over the planning reins to Efren who works there.
If you are not used to the jungle sounds, it could be daunting, but I found it helped me relax. We heard lots of bugs, howler monkey and just the wind blowing the leaves. The jungle is not a quiet place, but it all just FIT perfectly. The two nights we had power failure, but since we were in the mountains, it was not hot at all even without the AC. We were in a treehouse, and the walk up, especially after dinner was a daily adventure. I was always expecting a snake to slither out, but thankfully, I saw none.
The last three reviews mention that the food was expensive, but they don't say that the meals are all family sit-down style with an open buffet. There was always an abundance of delicious food. Soups, salads, at least 3 kinds of meats, salads...and by the time dessert came around...I just had to try to squeeze it in. To me, it seems if you tallied the cost of the variety, the meal would cost double what they charged. The family style eating really forces you to interact with the other guests, which brings us back to the basic of talking and sharing your day with others. It was the first time I had this style of eating at a hotel, but I really enjoyed it. The owners sat with us, and they were really nice friendly people. I was also there when then #2 chess player in Belize was there for some R&R and practice. The owners seem to really give back to the community. It was also really nice to know that most of their employees are from the neighbouring villages.
Black Hole Drop -- because of my lack of planning/research, I did not realize how difficult this would be. Well, not so much the rappelling but the hike. It was about 1 hour of hiking uphill. I was --> <-- close to giving up, but I am SO glad I toughed it and made it to the top. Because I was so exhausted, I found that I didn't get the knack for the sliding down. A note that only the first few steps are you actually in contact with the wall of the cliff. After that, you are simply suspended by the rope. Lunch really hit the spot. It cracked me up that in the middle of the jungle, with a beautiful cave entrance on one side, and the jungle trees on the other, the guides had set up our lunch with white table cloth on top of a boulder.
Professional- I was the slow one of a group of 7. I was never left alone. The junior guide was left with me. For a group of 7, it was really impressive that we had 3 guides.
The Waterfall tour is next on my agenda --- and I do not believe I will do any research again. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the lush rainforest of central Belize, Caves Branch Jungle Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to immerse in a culture of mid-range to extreme adventures. From the guest rooms that are open to the sights and sounds of the jungle, some of which are thatched in the ancient style of the Maya to our luxurious Treehouse suites, your experience should be something that must be experienced to be believed and once experienced, truly-never forgotten! ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, 5viajes2012 S.L., Priceline and Cancelon so you can book your Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Ian Anderson`s Caves Branch Jungle Hotel Belmopan
- Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Belize/Belmopan