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Lodge at Big Falls Packages
Season 2008-2009

Mayan Footprints (3 nights/4 days) | Toledo Explorer (4 nights/5 days)
Rivers and Reef (4 nights/5 days) | Birds of Southern Belize (3 nights/4 days)
Birds of Southern Belize II (4 nights/5 days
Mayan Heritage | Honeymoon Package | 7 Nights Mountain to Mangroves Birding Package

Package Prices Per Person (based on double occupancy)
High Season November 1, 2008– April 30 2009

Peak Season December 15, 2008- 12 January 2009
Green Season May 1-October 31, 2009

Packages

Price PP

Mayan Footprints High season

$761.41

Mayan Footprints Peak season
$798.91

Mayan Footprints Green season

$701.41

Toledo Explorer High season

$990.00

Toledo Explorer Peak season
$1,040.00

Toledo Explorer Green season

$910.00

Rivers and Reef High season

$1050.63

Rivers and Reef Peak season
$1,100.63

Rivers and Reef Green season

$970.63

Birds of Southern Belize 3-night/4-day  High season

$762.19

Birds of Southern Belize 3-night/4-day  Peak season
$799.69

Birds of Southern Belize 3-night/4-day  Green season

$702.19

Birds of Southern Belize 4-night/5-day  High season

$1,027.03

Birds of Southern Belize 4-night/5-day  Peak season
$1,077.03

Birds of Southern Belize 4-night/5-day  Green season

$947.03

Mayan Heritage High season

$1,018.67

Mayan Heritage Peak season
$1068.67

Mayan Heritage Green season

$938.67

Honeymoon Package add-on

$165.00

Mountain to Mangrove High season

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Mountain to Mangrove Peak season
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Mountain to Mangrove Green season

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All packages include:

  • Accommodation in our elegant riverside thatched cabanas
  • All meals including dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure
  • Tours with knowledgeable local guides
  • FREE Amenities include our nature trails, swimming pool, and use of mountain bikes, inner tubes, kayaks and table tennis
  • Transfers to and from Punta Gorda airport to Big Falls

 

Packages DO NOT include:

  • Government taxes of 9% on accommodation and 10% General Sales Tax on all other items
  • Bar sales
  • Gratuities Staff & tour guide gratuities which are left at your discretion.  There is no service charge.
  • Departure Tax US$35 per person airport departure tax
  • Air Transfers Add US$208 per person for return flights from and to Belize International Airport.  The Lodge can book your internal air transfers on your behalf.

Notes to packages:

  • The indicated tours may be subject to change due to weather conditions and the sequence of tours may vary according to weather and availability of guides.
  • No refund can be offered for any element of the package not used by the guest for any reason whatsoever
  • Visitors to Belize should hold a valid passport and a return/onward ticket
  • Visas are not required for citizens of the USA, European Union, Commonwealth or Caricom nations
Mayan Footprints
Highlights: Lubaantun Mayan ruin; visit a local Mayan harpist and instrument maker; Rio Blanco National park; Blue Creek cave; birding, kayaking and tubing at the Lodge.
The 3-night Mayan Footprint package includes:
Day 1
Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation to the Lodge before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s restaurant.
Day 2
Begins with an early morning guided bird walk along the river bank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge. After breakfast you will betaken to visit the home of Mr Florencio Mes a Kek’chi Mayan harpist and instrument maker.  Visit his workshop, hear him play and tour his kitchen garden.  Then on to Lubaantun Mayan site where the Crystal Skull was discovered in 1926 followed by a visit to Rio Blanco National Park for lunch and a swim beneath the waterfall and to explore the natural history of the riverside with a local Mayan guide.
Day 3
After breakfast you will be driven the thirteen miles to Blue Creek village where you will spend the day with very experienced local guides with a deep knowledge of rainforest medicinal plants and of the caves system in the hills and mountainsides around Blue Creek.  Blue Creek offers variety of activities to suit the seasons including swimming into the cave where Blue Creek emerges from the mountainside, hiking through a dry cave higher up in the mountainside, exploring a medicinal plant trail or visiting your Mayan guide’s home and learning how to grind corn and make tortillas.  For the very energetic there is also the option of climbing the steep side of the valley to the peak where you can gain magnificent views of the forest between Blue Creek and the coast twenty miles away.  
Day 4

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a last walk around the Lodge or dip in the pool.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

Toledo Explorer
Highlights: Lubaantun Mayan ruin; visit a local Mayan harpist and instrument maker; Rio Blanco National park; Blue Creek cave; jungle hiking; birding, kayaking and tubing at the Lodge.
The 4-night Toledo Explorer package includes:
Day 1
Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s restaurant
Day 2
Begins with an early morning guided bird walk along the river bank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge. After breakfast you will betaken to visit the home of Mr Florencio Mes a Kek’chi Mayan harpist and instrument maker.  Visit his workshop, hear him play and tour his kitchen garden.  Then on to Lubaantun Mayan site where the Crystal Skull was discovered in 1926 followed by a visit to Rio Blanco National Park for lunch and a swim beneath the waterfall and to explore the natural history of the riverside with a local Mayan guide.
Day 3
Half day hiking and canoeing tour to the trails and  lagoons at the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary near Laguna village.  The tour also includes a visit to one of the pilot gibnut (paca) breeding units where local villagers are learning to rear and grow gibnut for meat in order to reduce hunting pressure on the sanctuary.  Hike the mile-long boardwalk through the forest to find your canoe which will take you through the lagoons with your guide.  Marvel at the flocks of wading birds, like Wood storks, Jabiru and Roseate Spoonbill as well as Black-bellied Whistling ducks, herons, kingfishers, jacamars and puffbirds.  Back at the Lodge after lunch take a kayak on the Rio Grande, tube the river around the lodge or relax by the best jungle swimming pool in Belize.
Day 4

After breakfast you will be driven the thirteen miles to Blue Creek village where you will spend the day with very experienced local guides with a deep knowledge of rainforest medicinal plants and of the caves system in the hills and mountainsides around Blue Creek.  Blue Creek offers variety of activities to suit the seasons including swimming into the cave where Blue Creek emerges from the mountainside, hiking through a dry cave higher up in the mountainside, exploring a medicinal plant trail or visiting your Mayan guide’s home and learning how to grind corn and make tortillas.  For the very energetic there is also the option of climbing the steep side of the valley to the peak where you can gain magnificent views of the forest between Blue Creek and the coast twenty miles away.

Day 5
Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a last walk around the Lodge or dip in the pool.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

Toledo Rivers and Reef
Highlights: Lubaantun Mayan ruin; visit a local Mayan harpist and instrument maker; Rio Blanco National park; snorkeling, swimming, manatee watching and trolling in and around the Port Honduras Marine Reserve; birding, kayaking and tubing at the Lodge.
The 4-night Toledo Rainforest and Reef  package includes:
Day 1
Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s restaurant.
Day 2
Begins with an early morning guided bird walk along the river bank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge. After breakfast you will betaken to visit the home of Mr Florencio Mes a Kek’chi Mayan harpist and instrument maker.  Visit his workshop, hear him play and tour his kitchen garden.  Then on to Lubaantun Mayan site where the Crystal Skull was discovered in 1926 followed by a visit to Rio Blanco National Park for lunch and a swim beneath the waterfall and to explore the natural history of the riverside with a local Mayan guide.
Day 3

Offers guests a chance to relax and choose from the activities and amenities around the Lodge.  You can spend all day relaxing around the swimming pool or in the hammocks on your verandah, explore the Lodge’s trails or mess around in kayaks and inner tubes on the river.  Mountain bikes are also available for guests who want to strike out on their own and explore the locality.

Day 4

A twenty minute drive into Punta Gorda on the coast, then into a motor boat to begin this idyllic tour through some of the most beautiful of Toledo's offshore cayes.  The Port Honduras Marine Reserve is one of the newest conservation areas in Belize and you will visit the ranger station on tiny Abalone Caye.  Climb the observation tower for a magnificent view of the Bay of Honduras and it's many emerald cayes. As you make your way out to the Snake Cayes, keep your eyes open for Manatee, Dolphins, Magnificent Frigate Birds and Brown Boobies.  You will snorkel, swim and lunch on West Snake Caye renowned for its crystal clear, turquoise waters.  In the afternoon, once outside the Marine Reserve, your guide will undoubtedly suggest a bit of fishing on the way home.  People in Toledo love to fish and these are, after all, some of the best fishing grounds in the Caribbean. You may catch your own dinner of snapper, barracuda, grouper or kingfish.  You may, however, choose to let others do the work and just lie back and enjoy the late afternoon breeze over the water.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a last walk around the Lodge.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

Birds of Southern Belize
Highlights: Birding in a variety of habitats including riparian, orchard, meadow, secondary growth forest., wetlands and lagoons, mangrove forest, coastal and broadleaf forest; Lubaantun Mayan ruin; visiting a local Mayan harpist and instrument maker; Rio Blanco National park; kayaking and tubing on the river around the Lodge and birding on your back around the swimming pool at the Lodge. You get a lot of raptors you would otherwise miss!!
The 3-night Birds of Southern Belize package includes:
Day 1

Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation to the Lodge before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s restaurant.

Day 2

Begins with an early morning bird walk along the riverbank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge with our guide Steven Choco who has a keen eye and a fine ear for identifying bird calls.  Steven will be your guide for the duration of your stay at the Lodge.  We typically encounter between forty and fifty species before breakfast.  After breakfast we will spend the day in broadleaf forest habitats and visiting the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary where the lagoons in this shallow drainage basin are home to Woodstorks, Jabiru, Limpkin, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, kingfishers and herons.  Back at the Lodge as dusk falls and the sun sets over the Maya mountains to the west you can observe flocks of egrets and other waders returning to their night-time roosts or see and hear Yellow-crowned Night Herons calling as they fly out to their feeding grounds.  Listen for the Mottled Owl and Black and White Owl which frequent the forest giants on the riverbank in the front of the Lodge and listen for the first calls of the Common Pauraque which are a common sight on dirt roads at night.

Day 3

We will depart the Lodge early and drive down to the coast to begin our day birding among the coastal mangrove forest that skirts the coast north of Punta Gorda.  There may be a chance to see howler monkeys here and occasional crocodile on the river.  We will then make our way along the seafront into Punta Gorda itself where we will stop for breakfast.  We will then continue birding in the high forest south of Punta Gorda before returning to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation.   In the later afternoon you can take a guided river trip and observe the herons and kingfishers and other riparian species along the Rio Grande near the Lodge.

Day 4

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a final self-guided bird walk around the Lodge property.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

Birds of Southern Belize II
Highlights: Birding in a variety of habitats including riparian, orchard, meadow, secondary growth forest., wetlands and lagoons, mangrove forest, coastal and broadleaf forest; Lubaantun Mayan ruin; visit a local Mayan harpist and instrument maker; Rio Blanco National park; kayaking and tubing on the river around the Lodge and birding on your back around the swimming pool at the Lodge. You get a lot of raptors you would otherwise miss!!
The 4-night Birds of Southern Belize package includes:
Day 1
1  Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation to the Lodge before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s restaurant.
Day 2

Begins with an early morning bird walk along the riverbank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge with our guide Steven Choco who has a keen eye and a fine ear for identifying bird calls.  Steven will be your guide for the duration of your stay at the Lodge.  We typically observe between forty and fifty species before breakfast.  After breakfast we will spend the day in broadleaf forest habitats and visiting the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary where the lagoons in this shallow drainage basin are home to Woodstorks, Jabiru, Limpkin, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, kingfishers and herons.  In the later afternoon you can take a guided river trip and observe the herons and kingfishers and other riparian species along the Rio Grande near the Lodge.  As dusk falls and the sun sets over the Maya mountains to the west you can observe flocks of egrets and other waders returning to their night-time roosts or see and hear Yellow-crowned Night Herons calling as they fly out to their feeding grounds.  Listen for the Mottled Owl and Black and White Owl which frequent the forest giants on the riverbank in the front of the Lodge and listen for the first calls of the Common Pauraque which are a common sight on dirt roads at night-time.

Day 3

Begins with an early morning drive eighteen miles north to an area of pines, oaks, saw palmetto and savannah grasslands.  Your visit may include the sight of flocks of indigo bunting feeding on the grasses with their plumage illuminated by the early morning sun.  You can also see and hear Yellow-crowned Parrots, the Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Fork-tailed and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Sedge Wren, Grace’s Warbler, Rusty Sparrow and Hepatic Tanager among other species.  After a late breakfast back at the Lodge we will spend the day visiting the Mayan site of Lubaantun and the waterfalls at San Antonio and the Rio Blanco making birding stops along the way.  You will spend some time at dusk on the way back to the Lodge at a local wetland swamp where we can observe the Northern Jacana, Ruddy Crake and American Bittern as well as raptors such as the Peregrine Falcon.

Day 4

We will depart the Lodge early and drive down to the coast to begin our day birding among the coastal mangrove forest that skirts the coast north of Punta Gorda.  There may be a chance to see howler monkeys here.  We will then make our way along the seafront into Punta Gorda itself where we will stop for breakfast.  We will then continue birding in the high forest south of Punta Gorda before returning to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation.   In the later afternoon you can take a guided river trip and observe the herons and kingfishers and other riparian species along the Rio Grande near the Lodge.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a final self-guided bird walk around the Lodge property.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

 

Mayan Heritage

Highlights: Visit an organic cacao (cocoa) plantation; visit a medicinal plant nursery run by local shamans; visit a Mayan harpist and instrument maker in his workshop; visit to Lubaantun Mayan site and Rio Blanco National Park; birding, kayaking and tubing at the Lodge.

The 4-night Mayan Heritage package includes:
Day 1

Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s thatched restaurant.

Day 2

After breakfast you will drive to San Felipe, a Kek’chi Maya village, to meet your host for the day, Juan Cho, who is a trained tour guide as well as running his own organic cocoa plantation.  Juan sells his beans to the Toledo Cacao Growers Association which ships the beans to Green & Black in the UK where they are used to produce their signature Mayan Gold chocolate bars, the very first Fairtrade product.  You will be taken to visit the plantation on the banks of the Moho river where Juan will explain his organic farming methods and guests may help in the tasks of the day.  You will then be taken on a trip in a dory, a local dugout canoe up the Moho towards Santa Ana village before returning to Juan’s home to share a cocoa drink with his family.

Day 3

Begins with an early morning guided bird walk along the river bank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge. After breakfast you will betaken to visit the home of Mr Florencio Mes a Kek’chi Mayan harpist and instrument maker.  Visit his workshop, hear him play and tour his kitchen garden.  Then on to Lubaantun Mayan site where the Crystal Skull was discovered in 1926 followed by a visit to Rio Blanco National Park for lunch and a swim beneath the waterfall and to explore the natural history of the riverside with a local Mayan guide.

Day 4

After breakfast guests will be driven the ten miles to the Belize Indigenous Training Institute.  This aid-funded project established a plantation for local “bush doctors” (shamans) to grow many of the most important medicinal plants.  You will enjoy a tour of the plantation and learn about the Mayan approach to medicine from a spiritual healer. After lunch back at the Lodge guests may kayak, go for a guided dory trip, float around the lodge’s river peninsula on inner tubes or take a bike tour of Big Falls village.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a last walk around the Lodge or dip in the pool.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.

 

 

 

Honeymoon Package

Spoil yourselves with our honeymoon add-on package. This can be provided as additional to any of our other packages for a single payment of US$165 inc taxes:

A bottle of fine Champagne delivered to your cabana
A bottle of wine on your day of arrival from our house selection
A tropical fruit and snack basket in your cabana
Tropical flower arrangement in your cabana
Morning coffee and fresh juices delivered to your veranda
A romantic early evening trip in a dory up the Rio Grande
A set of twenty digital pictures e-mailed to your new home

 

7 Night Mountain To Mangroves Birding Package
4 Nights at The Lodge at Big Falls and 3 Nights at Hidden Valley Inn:

The Mountain Pine Ridge and Caracol area of Belize is a prime bird watching destination and Hidden Valley Inn offers birding tours to view the many species of rare birds. Birders will marvel at the colourful array of tropical birds. Darting hummingbirds, Green Jay, Blue-Crowned Mot-Mot, Golden Hooded Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Montezuma’s Oropendula, Keel-Billed Toucan and Crested Guan are just a few of the flamboyant species you may encounter in the area. Highlights for birders from all over the world include King Vulture, Stygian Owl, Laughing Falcon, Grace's Warbler, Lovely Cotinga and Tody Motmot. The jungle around the Mayan Site of Caracol provides regular views of the exquisite Keel Billed Motmot.  

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Birding Package Includes:
. A road transfer between Belize City & Hidden Valley Inn
. 4 nights accommodations at Lodge at Big Falls & 3 nights at Hidden Valley Inn
. A full day birding tour on Hidden Valley Inn’s private reserve
. Tour of Caracol, Rio Frio Caves and Rio On Pools
. 2 on property guided walks (choice of morning or night walks)
. Dinner, lunch and breakfast at Hidden Valley Inn
. Service charge at Hidden Valley Inn
. Road transfer between Hidden Valley Inn and the Lodge at Big Falls
. Guided morning bird walk at the Lodge at Big Falls
. Birding tour to Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary
. Tour of Lubaantun Mayan Ruin and the waterfalls of San Antonio and Rio Blanco National Park
. Dinner, lunch and breakfast at the Lodge at Big Falls
. Road transfer to Punta Gorda
. Flight to Belize International Airport
. All taxes

Package does not include:
. Gratuities for the guides
. Gratuities at the Lodge at Big Falls (no service charge is levied)
. Any purchases from the bar or gift shop
. Airport departure tax (US$35)
. Entrance fees to sites where applicable


Prices are in US dollars per person sharing accommodations:

1 Nov 2006 - 30 Apr 2007
$2085.00 US per person shared occupancy
1 May 2007 - 31 October 2007
$1955.00 US per person shared occupancy

 

 


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