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duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Ranked #3 of 32 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I just returned from a 2 week Mother/Daughter trip to Belize, of which 8 of those days were spent in the Jungle at Duplooy's. We chose this vacation because of the positive reviews, the remoteness of the jungle, and the offering of many outdoor activities that we wanted to participate in; such as the trips to the Mayan ruins, Cave Tubing, Horseback Riding, and much more. We booked one of the packages which was great because you had all your meals provided, and you could focus on the fun of being in the jungle!
Food: The food was amazing (thanks John!) We had fresh bread every morning including rolls, scones, toast, coconut rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc (we were there 8 mornings and they never repeated one!) Dinners were a variety of Fish, Pork, Shrimp or Chicken served with rice or potatoes, and fresh veggies. (Always delicious soup or salad and dessert too!) most amazing servers too, they were ALL so sweet and helpful!
When we arrived at the airport we were greeted by Phillip who drove us to Duplooys, including a stop at the Belize zoo, which was amazing! You get to see all of the animals that live in Belize that you may or may not see when you are visiting the jungle or the beach. He had an incredible knowledge of history and filled us in on anything and everything we wanted to know about Belize and his history.
While we were at Duplooys we had the most incredible staff, I was so impressed with how much they knew about the country and how much they truly cared about if you were enjoying your time in Belize.(However, when dealing with the office try to work with Marco or Furman- they are by far the most helpful!) I can't remember an afternoon where I wasn't asked by whoever was at the bar or in the dining room (Albert, Jose, Kevin and Ishmael) if we had a good day, and then sharing their own stories if they had done those activities before. That was probably my favorite part of Duplooys, the fact that all of the staff that works so hard there, really cares about you and becomes like family!
The Activities we did were:
--Cave Tubing: Victor and Leslie were our guides on this one, and they were great! Always a huge sense of humor on the trip, and they were always making sure you had a great time.This is a great trip, just be prepared to carry your tube for about 45 minutes. (no worries, you get great arm muscles) The ride is beautiful, and they really know their Mayan history.
--Horseback riding to Xunahntunich: This trip was amazing, and you are really missing out if you choose not to horseback ride. Guillermo was our guide (he did both our horseback riding trips) and he was great. He is definitely the horse whisperer, and he knows a ton of plants, birds, etc. that he is more than willing to point out to you. (Occasionally he gets too far ahead though) Pro Tip: Avoid Ginger the horse if you can, my mom rode her and she is incredibly temperamental and stops to eat often, almost pulling you over. (We heard this from a couple who rode too)
-- Overnight to Tikal: Victor drove us to the border and did a great job helping us navigate through the border information and waited for us to hook up with our guide on the other side to take us to Tikal. (Christian was our guide, and if you can get him, you will be so happy- he is incredibly knowledgeable, and enjoys his job immensely) Christian took his time going through Tikal and really explained everything. When he realized us and an older couple we were with were really into birds and wildlife, he made sure to point all of that out. He also put up with everyone thousands of questions. We loved him! Highly recommend Tikal.
We chose to do the overnight, but did not find that the information or trip was explained well to us on Duplooys part. That was our only real complaint with our trip to the jungle. Getting back into the park the same day or the next day was not explained, and no one on staff or in the office really seemed to know much about the overnight at all. There was a sunrise walk (which we did finally get into {but through people at Tikal} was not explained to us by Duplooys, but was mentioned a few times from guides) Even with the confusion we had a great time, and would highly recommend both Tikal and the overnight! (Just ask lots of questions and do research about Tikal's overnight in general on your own) The staff really seemed upset by our problem in Tikal, but it was brushed off from higher up, which was disappointing because we had such a positive experience prior to that.
-- Thursday after we returned from Tikal and spent the day enjoy the amenities on property like the botanical gardens and the tubing. Those are great things to have on the property and we had a great afternoon.
-- Friday brought great times at the Women's co-op and Big Rock Falls. We had Noel as our guide, and he was great! So many laughs on that trip. I HIGHLY recommend women's co-op. I got to learn how to make pottery and make corn tortillas including grinding the corn myself by hand. We had a great lunch. Everyone was so nice, and my mom and I went by ourselves so it was just us and Josepha our Mayan guide. Big rock falls was great, but be warned it has faciliTREES as Noel said (meaning you are changing/bathroom in the woods) Didn't bother me as we camp frequently.
-- Saturday we canoed down to the market which was an incredible experience to see all of the food they had to offer. It was a 2 hour canoe ride, but I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and relaxing morning. We finished off the afternoon at Barton Creek cave. Victor was our guide again, and we had a great time exploring the cave. (The picnic lunches are always great! My favorite was the grilled chicken sandwich topped with lots of grilled veggies)
-- Sunday was our last full day and we spent it with Guillermo. We horseback rode to Flour camp cave, which is a pretty strenuous 3 hour horse back ride, then explored the cave (you will need flashlights and clothes you don't mind getting dirty) This was obviously Guillermo's favorite tour, and he really cared about the Mayan history and pottery there. We had such an enjoyable experience! We canoed back and enjoyed the bar porch for the rest of the evening.

The rooms were great, but yes, be prepared that you are in the middle of the jungle. No AC, No tv's, no real wifi. I was in heaven and I didn't mind at all that I left all my technology at home. It was beautiful and it was not too hot in the rooms at night with the overhead fans and floor fan. Yes, the beds are hard, but I actually got a great and comfortable nights sleep every night. There weren't many insects in the room to speak of, but it was great to hear the cicadas sing you to sleep outside. (much louder then in the US)

Overall we had a great time, and I'm already planning my own independent trip back, hopefully to work with some local schools. Again, the staff that works here is amazing, and they were like our family before the end of our 8 days. I hated saying goodbye!

Room Tip: The jungle lodge rooms overlooking the river are where we stayed and they were great! Just know that...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

There it is again - you guys love our staff and our food. This is what makes duPlooy's special. A staff of people who really and truly care that you have a good time.

Not to mention the great and endless activities in this part of Belize.

We are truly lucky to be able to host you in this special place.

Thanks.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I just spent a week at duPlooy's with my family of 18, and we had such a great time here. Judy and the entire staff are warm and welcoming, the food is insanely delicious (thank you John!), and the actual lodge is beautiful, clean, and offers so many opportunities to explore nearby areas. We took walks through the botanical gardens, went tubing down the river (several times), went horseback riding, hiking through caves, and spent many evening hours enjoying the outdoor bar area. I would absolutely recommend duPlooy's!

Room Tip: We stayed in the summer, so heat and humidity are to be expected, but see if they have additional fa...
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

This family was a great example of how people of all ages can enjoy all that Western Belize and duPlooy's have to offer. It's great when such a wide spectrum of people can all have fun. Family vacations are special and, as the grandchildren grow up, harder to get everyone together. I am a grandma who thinks that getting them all together is the most special thing you can do.

Thanks for visiting us and for your review.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I chose this location as the final three days of a ten day vacation in Belize. I chose it because of the botanical gardens, and my wife being an avid gardener. We were greeted at the dock upon landing from our seven day live aboard dive trip, and enjoyed a wonderful drive to duPlooy's with a very knowledgeable driver. Upon arrival we found that we were the only guests as a large group had checked out in the morning. We were served by a gracious and friendly staff, and pampered beyond belief. The botanical gardens were everything we expected and more. We stayed in the "tree house" room, just breathtaking. A tip, go to the butterfly garden tour at neighboring Chaa Lodge, amazing. I just can not find the words to describe this beautiful gracious resort, the perfect time.

Room Tip: Tree house, romantic, and breathtaking, sitting on the veranda in the rain, indescribable!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thanks for your review and of course, we're really glad that duPlooy's met your expectations. We particularly like it when you spend some extra time enjoying the property and gardens. You should come back between December and March when, in addition to our year-round residents, there are loads of migrating birds as well.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We spent a week at duPlooys and it was terrific. Bottomline: you are in the rainforest, but you're not really roughing it, several Mayan ruins are nearby,as well as, caves for exploring/adventure and the Macal river for tubing, canoeing, cooling off. It's a birder's heaven with plenty of other wildlife around. We love bats and owls, and saw both. It was hot and humid in early May, and there is no A/C, but we didn't mind. The bed was pretty hard. The food was excellent. The staff was incredibly hard-working, nice, helpful and friendly. We recommend the all-inclusive package for activities/tours. Our tour guides were outstanding. We really love the fact that duPlooys practices Sustainable Tourism.

We stayed in a very nice, very clean bungalow (#10). As I said there is no A/C, since they rely on solar electricity, but there is a ceiling fan over the king-sized bed. The mattress was hard, one of our very few complaints. We were there in what was supposed to be the dry season (May 3-10) and it was quite hot and humid. We asked for an additional fan, which arrived immediately and helped immensely. Our Bungalow had a refrigerator which was great, although it wasn't really sealing when we arrived. We took our cold stuff to our friends Bungalow #11, until they almost fixed the fridge. It was much better. We had stopped at a store after leaving the airport to buy juice/beer/wine/cheese on the way so we needed a fridge. The bar was very nice, but we wanted to spend quality time with our friends whom we don't see that often. We each had a lovely deck with a bit of a river view and hammock, so we gathered there in the little free time we had in the late afternoon after tours and activities.

The lodge is in a beautiful area of the Belize rainforest, near the Macal river. The duPlooy family has created the Belize Botanical Garden on site. It is lovely. Our friends who accompanied us are birders, and they were in heaven. Philip is the on-site naturalist and was great at spotting and identifying birds. We were lucky to have him as one of our guides during the week.

We were really interested in the Mayan ruins, and visited Xunantunich and Cahal Pech one day, followed by a lovely lunch in town. Each Mayan ruin has had a different level of excavation and study, and they all have somewhat different architectural styles. Two days later we visited Caracol, the largest site in Belize. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from duPlooys and some of the road is really rough, so if you have a bad back or neck like me, think twice, but it is soooo worth it! We absolutely loved it. I plan to do separate reviews of the Mayan ruins and other attractions so won't go into detail here. We stopped at the Rio On pools for a swim on the way back. It was refreshing and fun, but the rocks are very slippery. And if you're modest, you need a close friend to act as a door on the 3 walled changing room.

Another day we did the Barton Creek Cave, combined with zip-lining and the Butterfly Farm. I probably won't zip-line again, but my hubby loved it. Barton Creek Cave also has artifacts from the ancient Maya, and really cool stalactites and stalagmites. It's pretty large, so okay for claustrophobics. And there were bats! We took a duPlooy's provided box lunch with us, as we did on the Caracol tour. It was a sandwich or pasta with fruit and a cookie, but more than enough.

On Tuesday, we canoed into San Ignacio, had lunch at Benny's and were picked up after wandering around town a bit. We saw the farmers market which had a great variety of fruit and veggies. It was fun. The river was running pretty good since it had rained. The staff kind of insisted that we take a guide because of that. We're glad he went with us since he was really nice and great at spotting birds and iguanas along the way.

On our day of relaxation we scheduled massages and chilled on the deck. The massages are where our only real potential problem occurred. There was apparently a scheduling snafu with our massages. One of the office staff fibbed to us saying it was an emergency, but then told our friends the truth about it. We were more than not pleased and spoke to Judy duPlooy about it. She was phenomenal. She apologized, found massage therapists at the time we wanted, and didn't charge us for them. That is truly great customer service.

Judy is quite hands-on and runs a wonderful eco-lodge. She spoke with us everyday to see how things were going. And she stopped by one evening to invite us to a lecture by a visiting scientist from the Peregrine Fund. They are doing research in the area about the one of the endangered Falcons. She had the kitchen/restaurant staff stay late so we could have dinner after the lecture.

So overall, it was fantastic, much better than Chaa Creek was 10 years ago. There are so many things to do with duPlooys as your home base. Next time we'll probably go to Tikal, and do the ATM cave. We can't wait to return. We hope Bungalow #10 (or 11) will still be there when we return.

Room Tip: The adjacent Bungalows 10 and 11 were great for 2 couples traveling together. King sized bed (too ha...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Wow!! Thanks for such a great review. Since we have the Goldilocks syndrome here - "the bed's too hard, the bed's too soft" - we are putting removable pillowtops on the beds and if someone wants a harder bed, off goes the pillowtop.

I'm glad I could solve your problem with the massage and it was a good lesson with the staff member who was involved.

And yes, Bungalow 11 will still be here when you return - and also Bungalow 10 for your friends.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

duPlooy's is a lovely jungle retreat with friendly , helpful staff, clean rooms and great food.
You'll enjoy the lively kinkajous that come to the bar patio at night and eat bananas out of your hand, floating down the lazy river that runs alongside the resort and strolling through the expansive, beautiful Botanical Gardens on the grounds. The staff does a great job of lining up day trips and transportation to pick you and to take you wherever you want to go.
We had a comfortable 4 bedroom suite for our family. It was great but we would have really liked a refrigerator to keep drinks cold since it gets quite hot there. Pods fall from the trees and bang on the metal roofs which can be a bit startling at first. Also, during Happy Hour in the bar you can get 2 rum drinks for the price of one but make sure you order one of the FEW that apply or you end up paying full price.
duPlooy's is a wonderful lodge to use as a base for plenty of daylong excursions. Be sure to take the ATM tour and visit some of the nearby ruins. On the way you are sure to see large lizards, Toucans, Spyder Monkeys and Howler Monkeys ( which make a horrifying sound when you are in their territory). Enjoy!!!!

Room Tip: Maybe look for a room that doesn't have pods banging on the metal roof if you are somewhat of a...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello,
Thanks so much for your review of duPlooy's. The reason that we don't have refrigerators in our rooms (except for gas fridges in the studio apartment units (2) that are for sale) is because, with solar power, electricity is limited; however, we are always glad to provide ice and a cooler for people who feel the need.

The guanacaste pods dropping on the roof ARE loud. The come from the beautiful tree just outside the building and, fortunately, they only drop once a year.

I'm glad that your experience, on the whole was great.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A delightful lodge set in a lush jungle setting overlooking the river was a nice start to our trip. Our plan included all meals and 3 full day adventures of our choice. The staff was friendly and helpful, we were attended to with great attention. We had Phillip Mai for our pick up and were able to visit on the way the Belize Zoo, an interesting and worthwhile side visit. Phillip was also our guide for Caracol and he has the sharpest eyes to spot interesting birds.

The food at duPlooy's was almost always spot on good. The juices were fresh and refreshing. In the morning or at night, it was fun to sit on the bar deck for birds or the occasional jukindo(sp) a cute night time creature that likes bananas. Our stay was very nice and well worth several days. There is not much to do in the evenings so we opted for a night time walking tour of the grounds with one of the security personnel. While we saw only some owls, a possum and the weirdest green eyed glow in the dark bug, it was fun.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello,
Thanks for your review of duPlooy's. The little guys who come to eat bananas in the evenings are kinkajous.

Even though they are around, you usually don't see too many animals on night walks, rather tarantulas, bats, maybe an owl and during July and August, myriads of fireflies. But, you are right, it's fun to just prowl around and see you appears.

Thanks again.
Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

From check-in to check-out, we were delighted with the friendly, helpful staff, the clean rooms (Tree House is lovely!) and the beautiful setting. Definitely check out the adjacent Botanic Garden, which the owner of the Lodge started. If you don't stay at duPlooy's, go to the Garden anyway! Lack of AC is not a drawback, there are virtually no bugs, and the excursions they arrange for you are top-notch. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Thanks for visiting duPlooy's and for enjoying your surroundings as well as your tours. If you didn't stay long enough you can always come back and enjoy some of the activities you missed this time.

Judy duPlooy

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Address: Chial Road, San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range: £95 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — duPlooy's Jungle Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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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