Black Rock Lodge , Belize

We invite you to explore Black Rock Lodge - a unique eco-lodge nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River in the Mayan Mountains of Belize.

Black Rock Lodge is located 2.5 hours west of Belize City, south of San Ignacio.

Over 390 species of birds are possible to sight on Black Rock’s property and the Lodge is one of the rare places in Central America where you can observe all three species of toucan in one morning.

Black Rock Lodge

Black Rock serves a selection of fruits and vegetables grown organically on site–along with locally purchased produce from the Farmer's Market located in San Ignacio. All breads are homemade daily by our talented kitchen staff. And we purchase our meats and fish from local vendors. All juices are squeezed fresh from fruits which are in-season.

Both novice and experienced birders will enjoy the spectacular setting that Black Rock Lodge offers while spotting Tanagers, Woodcreepers, Flycatchers, Vireos, Manakins, and Puffbirds.

On an early morning walk with one of the Lodge’s naturalist birding-guides you will have the opportunity to encounter: all 3 species of Toucans, the Olive-throated Parakeet, Lineated and Pale-bill Woodpeckers, Trogons, King Vultures, the Golden-hooded Tanager, the Purple-crowned Fairy, and both the Tody and Blue-crowned Motmot.

 

Black Rock Lodge's passionate commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable operation is evident in every aspect of your stay. The electricity for the beautifully situated, riverfront cabins is supplied by a custom hybrid system consisting of micro-hydro and solar power and energy conservation is practiced throughout the lodge.

Black Rock serves a selection of fruits and vegetables grown organically on site–along with locally purchased produce from the Farmer's Market located in San Ignacio. All breads are homemade daily by our talented kitchen staff. And we purchase our meats and fish from local vendors. All juices are squeezed fresh from fruits which are in-season.

Black Rock Lodge Food

Breakfast and lunch are served a la carte from our Black Rock restaurant menu featuring local highlights and continentally-inspired dishes.

Dinner is served family-style with a "Chef’s Choice" entrée selection featuring either a vegetarian entrée or meat entrée option (guests are requested to choose their selection by noon for that night’s dinner). Accompanying the Chef’s Choice entrée are homemade bread, fresh homemade soup, vegetable sides, organic garden salad, homemade dessert, water, and coffee or tea.

The Lodge’s 20 cabins boast stunning views of Black Rock Canyon, the Macal River, and the surrounding rainforest and wildlife. An inviting hammock is provided to enjoy the spectacular surroundings in total relaxation. The cabins are airy one-room structures built to take advantage of the fresh mountain breezes. Fully screened windows and high pitched roof lines create a bright and refreshing rainforest home for guests.

Selected Cabins:

Black Rock Lodge Cabins

Classic Cabin

The Classic View Cabin is identical to the River View Cabins, however it is located 15 yards further up the riverbank. It has exquisite views of the canyon cliffs, a private bath, exterior patio, and options of either one king bed or one queen and one double bed.

Black Rock Lodge Cabins

River View Cabin

The River View Cabins, with one queen bed and one double bed, are comfortable and private. These cabins have excellent views of the canyon and Macal River from the exterior patio and hammock.

Black Rock Lodge Cabins

River View Deluxe Cabin

The Deluxe cabins, with 2 queen beds, are spacious, comfortable, private, and built to take advantage of the fresh mountain breezes with ample windows and high pitched rooflines. Panoramic views of the Macal River and Canyon are visible from their exterior patios and hammocks.

Black Rock Lodge Cabins

River Front Suites

River Front Suites are designed to be the ultimate rainforest retreat for couples, families, or friends traveling together. Each suite offers one-of-a-kind views and proximity to the Macal River & canyon along with a wrap around patio and rooftop deck.

Black Rock Lodge On-Site Activities

Early one morning you may decide to hike to the peak of the challenging Summit Trail to catch a glimpse of the sun as it rises over the Mountain Pine Ridge. On your way back down the trail you'll spot many of the 200+ species of birds which call this area home. That afternoon you might choose to take it easy and cool off on a leisurely tube ride down the river - admiring the giant Garobo Iguanas along the way.

Black Rock Lodge Tubing

Another day, you may opt to hike to Flour Camp Cave wore can you investigate centuries old Mayan potshards and artifacts with helpful historical knowledge from one of our superb guides. After a nap and a delicious dinner you might want to join the Night Hike and catch glimpse of all sorts of creatures with your night vision goggles, learning about the rainforest and its inhabitants from one of our experienced guides.

  • Guided Hiking
    Hike through the rainforest on miles of marked trails leaving from Black Rock Lodge to various destinations such as Flour Camp Cave, the Mountain Summit, Vaca Falls, or the Vista Loop. Black Rock guides will be sure to point out interesting flora and fauna along the way. Up to 3.0 hours.

  • River Tubing
    Discover the beauty of the Macal River and the surrounding rainforest while relaxing in a tube as the scenery floats by. Starting a mile up from the Lodge at Vaca Falls, guests float through cascades and deep pools along the way. The real challenge is at the rapids just in front of the lodge - free Belikin to those who stay afloat.

  • Canoeing
    Beginning just below the Lodge, the trip winds down 6 miles of the Macal River through moderate rapids and verdant rainforest. Guests often see large green female Iguanas and even bigger orange male iguanas, or "Garobos", as well as Wood Rails, Toucans, King Fishers, and Hummingbirds.

    A visit to the Belize Botanical Garden with a light lunch alone the way offers a lovely respite. The journey continues downriver and when guests dock at Chaa Creek Lodge and can choose to visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Center. We then pick up the guests and drive them back to Black Rock Lodge.

    *lunch and entry fees to butterfly museum not included

  • Night Hiking
    Explore the jungle - at night! Our experienced guide will introduce you to fascinating critters that call the rainforest home. While sighting of mammals is a special treat, you will most likely see a variety of nocturnal creatures such as the red eye tree frog, tarantulas, snakes, and many other incredible species.

  • Mountain Biking
    Explore miles of jungle trails and dirt roads on top quality Trek mountain bikes. Take a bathing suit and stop for a swim along the way.

  • Swimming
    Enjoy swimming in our mountain-fed river with a year-round temperature of about 78 degrees Farenheit. Dive off our floating dock into the jade-green waters, swing from a rope into the river, and relax in the sun on our beautiful, sandy beach.

    The Macal's clear water is home to a host of tropical fish such as: Tubah, Shishi, Kyato, Bahka, and Bottary. The Macal is also home to fresh water turtles: Bokotora and Hicciti. Cooling off in the river is an absolute luxury after returning from your day of adventure.

    The recently constructed swimming pool offers a refreshing respite on a warm afternoon. The pool boasts magnificent views of Black Rock Canyon over the infinity edge.

  • Flour Camp Cave
    Enjoy a guided hike to Flour Camp Cave. Flour Camp Cave is actually a number of caves with several entrances and exits and is filled with Mayan pottery and awesome stalagmites (from cave floor) and stalactites (from cave roof). Travel back through time and discover caverns, chambers, and Maya pottery. After the tour of the Cave, hike to a fascinating unexcavated Mayan Temple and explore rainforest-covered ruins.

  • Yoga
    Black Rock’s Yoga/Conference Palapa is a 25’ x 40’ open-air structure overlooking the Black Rock Falls. The Palapa is a wonderful place to enjoy your personal Yoga practice while staying at the Lodge. Yoga mats are available for guests - please feel free to stop by the office to borrow one during your stay.

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