River next to Cotton Tree Lodge Belize

For those of you who don’t know, in August of 2019, our family got a little bit crazy and purchased a small resort in southern Belize. Yes, Belize is another country! There we enjoy setting up vacations for people who want to explore part of Central America and the Caribbean while relaxing at a nice resort. We have 10 very comfortable jungle cabanas along with¬† a main lodge (including a restaurant and bar), next to the slow moving Moho River. We take our guests on various tours including chocolate making, snorkeling, guided ocean fishing, waterfalls, Mayan ruins, tortilla making, river fishing, jungle survival courses, visiting spice farms, ziplining, caving and more. We also really enjoy lounging in a hammock listening to the various tropical birds and howler monkeys. Oh, and don’t forget the food. We love the fresh fruits, veggies and chef prepared meals each day. If you want to see more about our resort in Belize you can visit cottontreelodge.com.

This next winter, we will be organizing three trips for people associated with Birch Forest Lodge. What does that mean? It means that we will be setting a week at Cotton Tree Lodge just for guests/associates of Birch Forest Lodge to get together, hang out with us and experience Belize. Here is the itinerary for the trips….

Day one (Saturday): Travel to Belize. Arrive in Punta Gorda and get picked up by a Cotton Tree Lodge shuttle van. Check into rooms, dinner at the lodge and relax.

Day two (Sunday): After breakfast, Adam will give a walking tour of the grounds. See some of the unique fruit trees of Belize, learn a little about spices that are grown on the property, visit our large organic garden, visit the farm where we raise animals and of course some sampling of fresh cacao (the fruit that chocolate comes from). After lunch we will go on a jungle survival hike and learn how to find fresh water and food, and other important keys to surviving in a jungle. We will also be on lookout for monkeys (the jungles of Belize are full of howler monkeys-bring your camera!). After the jungle survival tour we will take a boat ride down the river, returning at sunset (river sunset pic below). Dinner at the lodge.

Day three (Monday): Depart Cotton Tree Lodge after breakfast, head to small village of Santa Anna where we will learn how to make traditional tortillas with Mrs. Bo. In the world of the Maya people eat corn tortillas everyday with every meal. Mrs. Bo makes hundreds of them daily over a fire in her home. She will show you how to do it and tell you about life in a rural Mayan village. Return to lodge for relaxed afternoon playing and kayaking in the river. Dinner at the lodge.

Day four (Tuesday): Relax day. No scheduled activities, enjoy a day of relaxing in the jungle. For those interested, we will have the spa open all day for facials and massages. Those who are wanting to do more can add a tour on their own. Choose from a caving adventure or we can set you up for a day of fishing. Dinner and lunch served at the lodge.

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Day five (Wednesday): Ixcacao Chocolate factory and tour. After breakfast depart for San Felipe where we will visit the number one rated chocolate tour in Belize. Chocolate expert Juan will show you how the Mayans discovered chocolate and together we will sample various chocolates while we learn. Lunch is at IxCacao and will feature a chocolate mole chicken along with various Belizean dishes. Dinner at the lodge.

Day six (Thursday): We will depart Cotton Tree Lodge after breakfast and travel to the Lubaantun archeological site. There your guide will take you through the ruins and talk about the ancient mayan culture. After we finish at the ruins we will travel to Rio Blanco Waterfall National Park for lunch. After lunch at the park we will take a short hike to the falls where we will swim and cliff jump into the pool. Picture of the falls is below. Dinner at the lodge.

Day seven (Friday): Last day in the jungle. No scheduled activities. Choose an additional tour add on or just relax for the day. Spa will be available again. All meals served at the lodge.

Day eight (Saturday) depart lodge for airport.

Cost: $3000 USD for 2 people in a private cabana. Price includes lodging, all food, airport transfers to/from Punta Gorda, scheduled tours, taxes, and entrance fees. All meals are prepared with organic farm fresh foods. Dinner is a 4 course meal. All cabanas have private bathrooms and private balconies with hammocks. Not included-airfare, extra tours, spa services, drinks at Cotton Tree Lodge jungle bar and gratuities. Additional people can be added for $950 for kids under 12 and $1150 for anyone over 12 in the same cabana. Picture of a cabana deck with hammock below.

Riverside Cabana in Belize-Cotton Tree Lodge

Dates for tours December 11-18, January 22-29 and February 12-19. All dates start and end on Saturdays. For those coming from the Minnesota area, keep in mind that Sun Country flies direct to Belize every Saturday. Flight from MSP is 4.5 hours long. Punta Gorda Belize is several hours south of the international airport, for those interested in catching a small plane down the coast we can help arrange flights. Escape the cold and come to Belize with us!

FAQ

How do I get from Belize City to Punta Gorda? The international airport is located in Belize City, about a 5 hour drive north of us. To get down to us you can rent a car or we can help arrange for a small plane to take you direct to Punta Gorda. The flight down is about 45 minutes and costs roughly $320 USD per person. We are a licensed agent for the domestic airlines and can get you free luggage and no change fees on their flights. Let us know if you want help arranging for a flight.

How to book? You can call us at 218-757-3479, email info@birchforestlodge.com or email Adam direct at adam@cottontreelodge.com. To book you will need to put down a $500 deposit per cabana.

What if I want to add an extra excursion such as fishing to my trip? We can help you with that. You have two days set in your itinerary for relaxing or adding extra tours. Just let us know what extra tours you want and we can tell you the price.