Macal River Camp

Clean and comfortable wooden cabins set on the banks of the Macal River in western Belize

Macal River Camp

The camp, set on the banks of the Macal River in western Belize, has very clean and comfortable permanent wood and canvas cabins with separate shared toilet block with hot water showers. Breakfast and dinner are taken communally on site.

The camp is attached to the English-American owned Lodge at Chaa Creek, the longest established upmarket lodge in Belize.

The lodge property has a large network of trails offering excellent horse riding, walking and mountain biking. Canoeing is available on the river and you can also access the facilities at the main lodge including the restaurant, bar, swimming pool and luxury spa.


Shared bathroom facilities, large thatched Palapa offering comfortable dining

Local Wildlife

The river basin is home to a plethora of wildlife including jaguar and Baird’s tapir (although they are rarely seen). More frequently observed wildlife includes black howler monkeys and the abundant birdlife of the region, which includes specialities such as pine siskin and orange-breasted falcon.

Optional Activities

Half-day Canadian canoe trip down the unspoilt Macal River to San Ignacio town (a vehicle will take you back to the camp). Excursion to the nearby Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and Caracol. Full day or overnight trip to the famous Tikal Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Full day guided tour of Vaca Falls and Chumpiate cave in the Maya mountains. Visit the full-service spa at the Lodge for a complete range of alternative therapies and beauty treatments. Horse riding and mountain biking on forest trails. Short trip over the Guatemala border for handicrafts and duty free shopping.

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Claire Pote
Area Specialist

An excellent option for the budget traveller who wants access to first rate facilities. Don’t forget to take an early morning bird walk with one of the on-site naturalist guides.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Macal River Camp 17.107580, -89.075251

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