We stayed 10 days at duPlooy's and loved it. We stayed in a bungalow, which was roomy, quiet, and had a nice kitchenette; wonderful porch (with hammock) overlooking the Macal River, where we spent a lot of late afternoons. Even the pouring rain (unusual this time of year) couldn't dampen our spirits. The birding was outrageous, from our porch, from the bar deck (where they feed them) and in the Belize Botanic Gardens which are part of the duPlooy's property. Our guide, Victor, was an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic bird and wildlife guide; he was our guide for a day trip to Barton Creek for cave canoeing, and (knowing our love of birds), we spent about 90 minutes birding on the way from the lodge to the main road before going on the canoe trip. All of the trips we scheduled through the Lodge were wonderful - Tikal was great, and worth the border crossing to see it; morning bird walk was beyond expectations; Barton Creek was interesting. Some of the optional excursions were not available while we were there, due to severe flooding in the region, but we found plenty to do.
All of the staff were professional, caring, and good-humored. The food is very good. We chose to have the continental breakfast (fruit, juice, fresh-baked goods) all but one day (and it did get a bit monotonous); we got lunch on our own (we had a car and were able to keep groceries in the fridge or eat while out driving for the day).
If you rent a car in Belize, be aware that it is extremely expensive - you will need a 4WD vehicle to get to places like duPlooy's (and it was a bit dicey getting there even with 4WD after the rains). Be sure to rent from a reputable agency. A week for the smallest 4WD was more than US$1000 plus a $1500 security deposit if you buy their insurance ($3000 if you don't). Most visitors to duPlooy's didn't have their own vehicle.
One issue we had while there was the electricity: our power went out many (dozen or so) times while we were there; I believe they discovered a problem with a breaker that was corrected by the time we left. They generate their own power, so some variability is to be expected. Judy duPlooy was most apologetic. A couple of minor complaints: we had 2 rather dated, ill-smelling blankets (it was unusually cold the first few days we were there and we needed them and more). Although the tap water is safe to drink, it has a lot of sediment; the filtered water available at the bar and office is not all that palatable; we applaud duPlooy's decision not to offer water in plastic bottles (there is no plastic recycling in Belize), but would like a better solution.
It's a great place for birders and nature lovers. Exceptional place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- duPlooy's Jungle Lodge Resort, on the Macal River, an organic property since 1988, now powered by the sun, may just be the Eco-Lodge you are looking for.duPlooy's offers the original "Create Your Own Vacation' package as well as set packages for individuals and groups and custom packages which include other locations in Belize. Whatever you are looking for, we offer a great venue for your Belize Vacation for Families,Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons, Adventure Holidays and more. There is excellent Birding on and around the property as well as many on-site activities.Included with your room: continental breakfast, entrance to adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens, access to trails, use of canoes and tubes from our beautiful Macal River Beach,incredible bird watching from the deck with complimentary morning coffee, delicious meals from locally-sourced meats, eggs and produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duplooy`s Jungle Hotel San Ignacio
- DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge Belize/San Ignacio