My wife and I just returned from a 4-day "Babymoon" at CTL during the end of January/beginning of February. We had an amazing time. I've really never been on a trip like this. It's not a resort in the traditional sense and it isn't camping either, so I guess it should be in its own category of adventure lodging. I have so many great things to say that it is hard to know where to start.
Really incredible. The cabanas are very nice inside. If the Ritz is your thing, stop reading now. The cabanas are open with screens all around. There were bugs, but its the jungle! I don't recall any mosquitos in the room, but we did use the net. I couldn't have slept any better at the Ritz. The nights were very comfortable, and the jungle sounds were very relaxing. We considered the howler monkeys a treat because they never carried on very long. The porch out back had hammocks were we relaxed each day, read and watched the iguanas jump into the river.
CTL calls them excursions, but they really were adventures. We elected to do the Blue Creek Cave, Eliado's farm, the night hike in the jungle and horseback riding to the San Felipe Cave. I would do them all again in a second. We also enjoyed kayaking, swimming in the Moho River and fishing off the dock. A light rod with small lures and hooks would be best for fishing. The fish caught were small catfish and another fish that looked like a big shad. We were told that snook and jack crevalle make it to the lodge in the dry season. We never saw another tourist at any of the destinations, and that is what made everything so authentic. Blue Creek was awesome. It was tough swimming upstream to the underground waterfalls, but very worth it. Eliado's farm is an absolute can't miss. We loved seeing his farm, eating lunch with his family and making coco drink afterwards. The horseback ride was great. The horses were some of the best trained I've ridden.
We packed waaaaaaaay too much. You need pants and sleeves for hiking in the jungle. No need to bring a bunch of shorts because you won't really use them. Definitely bring water-type shoes and hiking shoes. I think you have to bring rain gear to really enjoy everything in the rainforest - there's a reason no one calls it the dry forest! Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray! The bugs were bad, but are easily held off with some good bug spray. Once the spray went on, the bugs weren't an issue. Once things got damp, it was tough to get it dry. No need to bring dress clothes for dinner, as it is very casual. Waterproof camera/bag. It is helpful to have a water proof bag or case with you to make sure you don't miss a beat if it rains or if you are doing an activity in the water.
Amazing. Great soups. Great cooking. Simple ingredients, incredible flavor and very local feel. My wife is a picky eater, but she ate everything. The bar was impressive. Great mixed drinks. The staff was great. Everything was set up perfect and they jumped at the chance to help with any little thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our eco-lodge is hidden between the Moho River, the rain forest, and Mayan villages in southern Belize. Stay in beautiful thatch cabanas with private bathrooms and verandas. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared with organic produce from our garden. Try kayaking, birding, swimming, and horseback riding on the grounds. Connect with the people and culture of Belize on daily tours to villages, Mayan ruins, cacao farms, caves, waterfalls, and more. Or simply relax in a hammock all day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotton Tree Hotel Punta Gorda
- Cotton Tree Lodge Belize/Punta Gorda