Why they don't have more reviews, I'll never know! Back-a-Bush is the BEST and also least expensive ($30BZE/$15USD a night for a bed) and the meals are INCREDIBLE and again, very inexpensive!!! (breakfast/dinner $12BZE/$6USD; lunch $10BZE/$5USD) I hope the prices are correct, check their website just in case. I was in Toledo for 2 weeks, I stayed with Elsbeth and Naud for 3 short nights, and next time Back-a-Bush will be my main stay! The farm is wonderful, all of the animals are happy, healthy and love guests! I had my very own guide dog Diesel on my 1hr walk out to Lubaantun - a beautiful site of fallen stones of the Ancient Maya. The walk is straight through San Miguel village, and is very serene, especially at the site itself. After the hot walk back, one could either take a cold (or hot/warm) shower, or jump in the Columbia river which is about 10min walk through Back-a-Bush's farm.
Fresh farm picked fruits, home baked bread and fried jacks (or baked) with assorted jams, butter or peanut butter for breakfast - and lime aid, which I'm now addicted to back at home (drinking a litre a day!) Fresh ginger tea with lemongrass and honey was a nice treat! Lunches and dinners were amazing and if not picked from their own farm, sourced local (black beans grown by the neighbour) Elsbeth and I picked yucca flowers for lunch, and also some cactus! I'm vegan, and ate SO well there. I even had dinner packed for me on my last day, to eat during my 18hr travel home, which was very much appreciated - and also breakfast to eat during the drive transfer to PG for my early a.m. flight (which also was reasonably priced!) Speaking of the drive - they have the most comfortable vehicle, as much as I enjoyed riding in the back of pickup trucks, a cushy seat was nice!
San Miguel has a bus to and from the village/PG town about 3 times a day. There are bus schedules and information posted under the palapa at Back-a-Bush (first schedule I'd seen in two weeks!) So it is very easy to go into town for a few hours, and then return to Back-a-Bush. Naud also explained an even cheaper way for me to travel to Belize from Toronto, which was great information as this was my first venture out to another country and I have much to learn!
The Cacao Festival was happening and the closing day was held at Lubaantun on May 20th. We drove over, and got to see the theatre performance of Palenque Rojo from Mexico, which was incredible! I've posted a couple photos of the costumes.
I've only been home just a week, but have already devised plans on how and when to return. Belize is so beautiful, and Elsbeth and Naud have created a wonderful spot to stay. They treat guests like good old friends, with great food and conversation! I can't wait to go back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guesthouse on organic permaculture farm in Maya village on river. We serve home grown coffee and delicious home cooked meals, vegans/vegetarians/meat eaters welcome. We offer camping under a large thatch with your own tent (10 $ BZ) or rent our tent (20 $ BZ), 2 rooms with shared bath (60 $ BZ and 70 $ BZ double occupancy) and a private spacious cabin with 2 singles and a double bed, en suite bathroom (1 p. 60 $ BZ, 2 p. 100 $ BZ, 3 p. 130 $ BZ, 4 p. 150 $ BZ) with hot shower, sink and private porch. All rooms have fans and outlets. Hot showers, 24 h. electricity, free wifi, safe and clean. Relax in the hammock and read a book or play a game on the palapa. Maya ruins Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit and Tiger cave nearby, village/farm/river tours, jungle trails for adventurous travelers. Easy to reach by village bus, twice daily. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Back-a-Bush Guesthouse Belize/Toledo District