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Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures
Ranked #2 of 18 Hopkins B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We visted the restaurant after our zip line adventure.
The restaurant was clean with unobstructed views
of the beautiful surrounding jungle. The lunch we had was
delicious and hot. We had the grilled chicken kabob with rice
rice and beans, and had a couple of rum punches that packed a
punch. The staff at the entire resort was very friendly, and were
always asking if you needed a anything at all.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank thai1on
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We can only comment on the Zip Line. Best one in Belize. Did not have time to check out the waterfall rappelling - we will next time we go. Friendly staff and great food in restaurant. It is remote, however, if you want to get away from it all - it is the place to stay. What they need is a pool.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank BelizeMon2014
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Staff are wonderful, rooms are clean but need a comfortable char and table (they say they are coming)
The newish American owner seems to be investing in the place so continuing to improve.
Meals and drinks were on the expensive side I thought but there is always too much food and the quality is good.
The location with the foothills of the Maya mountains close with waterfalls, unexcavated Mayan ruins and hiking trails make for lots to do.
The Zipline was fun although not as long, high or as fast as Sky Trek in Costa Rica.
Rappelling the waterfalls was fun and not too challenging but would depend on how much water there is in the falls.
The day hike to 3 falls was fun and took about 6 hours for me but I believe most people take an hour or so longer.
There are lots of what they call botlass flies that bit and leave a little blood blister that goes very itchy for some people.
If you are staying in the Mayan rooms there is nowhere screened where you can sit outside.
The dining room is well screened but the chairs are hard and very upright.
Birding there depends on the season to some extent but the Mayan guide (Ask for Greg) is outstanding!
Guides on the hikes and Ziplines were well trained, knowledgeable and fun

Room Tip: Take and use lots of DEET! The transfer from Placencia and back to Dangriga was expensive and would...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

First of all, it is worth noting that if you are driving yourself, you will at minimum need a vehicle with fairly high clearance, and if it has been wet, a vehicle with 4wd to make it down the road to make it to Mama Noots. You will also need to pay BZ$10 per person to enter the property; this is collected by the park that Mama Noots is located within.

We were only able to stay here one night, but wish we could have stayed longer! There are a ton of hikes available, and an on-site naturalist who will help you identify the many species of plants and animals in the area. If you want to get your heart racing, go ride the Zipline (which is part of Bocawina Adventures, on the same property, and owned by the same owners.) The Zipline guides can point out some the areas that you can reach via hiking too.

The rooms are great - but if you expect air conditioning, you are not coming to the right place. The fans and windows do a fine job keeping the rooms comfortable. All of the staff members (and the owners) are very helpful and want to make sure you have everything you need. The restaurant and bar is also a fun place to hang out with the other guests, talk about what you've seen and what is worth doing, and have good food and drink while you are at it. The rum punch is great, and packs a punch!

If you want to spend some time in Belize away from the beach, this is a great place to do it!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Nate C
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We were travelling on a budget and only came here for the hiking and waterfalls.

We arranged to be picked up from the bus terminal in Dangriga ($70 USD + tax for both ways). We didn't have a cellphone to notify them of our arrival, but Elmer assured us that the shuttle would be waiting for us. Well, we waited for over an hour and ended up having to buy minutes to use a payphone (the taxi drivers at the bus terminal were really helpful with this). I suspect the hotel staff forgot that we were waiting. This was really frustrating as we were tried since we had already travelled for 4 hours and could have simply paid $40 USD for a taxi to take us there (it's about a 35 min drive) Eventually the shuttle showed up and upon our arrival to the hotel, Elmer completely down played this mishap and said that he "would make it up to us". I looked forward to this, but it never materialized. After waiting for so long, complimentary juice would have appeased me. Nevertheless, he gave us a room with 2 twins bed (where the toilet was broken) even though we were clearly a couple and booked 1 double bed. This really was not a big deal as it just involved us moving our bags, but it exemplifies his degree of astuteness. The Mayan house room we stayed in was pretty basic and met my expectations. When checking out, double check your bill as Elmer attempted to overcharge us by $55 USD.

We didn't do any of the excursions as we found them to be too pricey. The cheapest item on the menu was the zipline, $65 USD/person. The 40 min hike to the top of Antelope Falls was a little strenuous, but the swimming area there was the big reward. The hike to Bocawina Falls was far more easy. They don't recommend going past the lower falls, but we hiked to the upper falls for a little more adventure. Of course, they charge $115 USD/person for a guide to take you to past the lower falls to the other falls.

The redeeming feature of this place was the food. It was excellent and the chef was very friendly and made sure you were happy with your meal. The menu for dinner was arranged in the afternoon and the cheapest main was $35 BZE, but came with an appetizer and dessert. The portions were very large! On our second night we decided to split our meal and they thoughtfully put everything on 2 separate plates. Also, breakfast is included. One day we were given a slice of pineapple, yogurt and soft vanilla bunt cake. The next day we were able to order from the menu.

Beware of the bugs. I believe they are called botlass flies and they are far more pesky than mosquitoes. Cover up and wear lots of DEET!

If you are a budget traveller, I recommend that you take a taxi, bring your own food and stay only one night.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ivona M
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Do Not Go There! The hotel has a private drive over 6km long and is easily the worst road I have ever driven on. It is rutted with huge potholes and even in the dry season was in places washed out. We finally managed to get to the hotel and had to tell him that we were not willing to risk damaging our car by using the road each day. The manager said he understood but then later lied to the booking company about why we cancelled and attempted to keep all our money!!!
Again do not go there, unless you have a tractor or a donkey!
For the record if like us you intend to scuba it is not as they state "near by", unless you concider 24km is near by.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank paul r
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Donald T, Owner at Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2014

Dear Paul,

First let me clarify that we NEVER charged you, although our policy clearly states that you should have been charged since you only decided to cancel your stay on the day of your arrival.

Second, the road that goes to our resort it’s not a private road, it’s a GOVERNMENT road since we are inside a National Park. Although it’s a private road we’ve invested large amounts of funds to maintain the road and as you know Belize is a developing country where not all roads are paved. That’s what makes it so special.

If you plan to stay in a Jungle resort in Belize and be close to the beach, I can assure you that our resort would be one of the few you will find. A 20 minutes drive to the beach it’s not a long drive. If you wanted to be closer to the beach you should have made your reservation on a beach resort.

We hope this answer will let our future guests know that we are an honest resort and that the road that leads to our resort is as good or better than any other roads you’ll find in Belize. We have a score of 91% and the only terrible reviews we have are from a person that never stayed with us and from a guest that visited Mama Noots in 2009, before we’ve acquired this property and started the renovations.

Thank you,

Donald Troutman (owner)

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We stayed at Mama Noots for 4 days. Rooms were beautiful, clean and comfortable. Service was more than excellent and the employees work very hard to make your stay enjoyable. The grounds are pristine. Meals in the restaurant were excellent. This place is run on solar power and one night in the restaurant there was a blackout for a very short time before the generators kicked in and we took a picture, which is included. This is a place we look forward to going back to.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures

Address: Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Hopkins, Belize (Formerly Mama Noots Eco Resort)
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hopkins
Price Range: £73 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. We are powered by hydro and solar. We have 6 standard rooms, 3 rooms in Traditional Thatched Cabanas, 3 deluxe rooms, all with with ceiling fans and private bathrooms hot and cold showers. We have a restaurant and bar on location and we serve local food as well as other dishes and we provide vegetarian meals on request. Our on-site activities include: Zip-lining in the longest Zipline course in Central America (Night zip-lining also available); Waterfall Rappelling in three different waterfalls; Hiking trough the jungle and swimming on different waterfall pools (we have 5 waterfalls); Birdwatching tours (with local Mayan guide with over 20 years of experience); Mayan ruin tours (the park has two unexcavated Mayan Temple Mounds). Off-site activities include Mayan Ruin tours, Monkey River tours, Cave tubing, Horseback riding in the jungle, Cultural tours, Spice farm tour, and snorkeling/diving. And our new Tikal National Park tour (Guatemala). ... more   less 
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