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Eco Rainforest Lodge in Cayo on the Belize River, Cave Tubing, Ruins, Birding

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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Hotel
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 Cabanas, Yurt, Camping, Outdoor Tropical Showers, 80 Acre Rainforest, Ruins

Chaya Maya Jungle Lodge is an 80 acre adventure Eco-sustainable Lodge in the Cayo District of Belize located on the Belize River.

The lodge has 3 comfortable, thatched roof cabanas (palapa, huts, cabins) with Private Outdoor Tropical Showers, a relaxing dining area, and Tipi/Yurt Luxury Camping (Glamping).

The accommodations are an eco-resort carved gently into the rainforest. We are located in the heart of Maya country. The lodge is a great vacation for family adventures, couples, honeymoons, weddings, group trips, adventure seekers, birdwatchers, backpackers, mission groups, or anyone looking to experience the heart of Cayo Belize.

Chaya Maya is right on the Belize River and in the jungle (sub-tropical rainforest). Onsite activities include Canoeing, Tubing, Nature Trails, Relaxing in hammocks, Birdwatching and Wildlife Watching.

Other adventures include caving ( ATM Caves, Cave Tubing, Crystal Cave, Barton Creek Cave, Rio Frio Cave), Zip Lining, Black Hole Drop, Mayan Ruins ( including Cahal Pech, Xanatunich, Tikal, Caracol), The Belize Zoo, Belize Botanic Garden, Local Culture (Mennonites of Spanish Lookout, San Ignacio, Belmopan), Horseback Riding, and the Inland Blue Hole.

The 80 acre rainforest is home to Howler and Spider Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, Armadillos, Jaguars, Peccary, Gibnut, Coatimundi, Agouti, Iguana, Reptiles and many other beautiful creatures.

The Chaya Maya Permaculture Sustainable Farm also has an abundance of fruits and vegetables including Pitaya, Chaya, Bananas and Plantains, Limes, Mangos, Avocados, Pineapples, Prickly Pear, Peppers, Craboo, and Coconut. Meals are prepared using fresh ingredients from the farm, when available. The resort is located in the tall jungle canopy which is considered a sub-tropical rainforest.

The lodging accommodations have 3 thatched roof cabanas (also called huts, palapas, rooms or cabins). 2 cabanas have queen beds, 1 cabana has a king bed.

The cabanas are made in the traditional Mayan architecture with wood stick interior walls, mud exterior walls and window gills for natural airflow. Each cabana has comfortable memory foam mattresses, sitting clam chairs, hammock, dressers, nightstands and solar lights. The rooms have solar USB chargers for phones, computers, etc. but are limited with other power.

The lodge also has a Yurt or Tipi (Teepee) with a queen bed. It is a luxurious form of camping (glamping).

Camping / camp sites are available. You can bring your own tent, or rent one of ours. There are shared bathrooms and showers.

A Riverside Bar / Dining Patio is a great place to unwind. Enjoy a Belikin beer or rum punch while hearing the sounds of the rainforest and watching the birds and river view. In March, The La Ruta Mata canoe race comes directly in front of the lodge.

Meals are served from the Dining and Meeting Tropical Patio. There is a kitchen, bar, thatch cover, tables, hammocks and lounge chairs. This is a great place to eat, socialize, relax and enjoy the jungle. The patio is in a beautiful tropical setting.

Chaya Maya Jungle Lodge is centrally located to Mayan Ruins and Caves in the Cayo District. The lodge is on the Belize River in Teakettle, near Young Gal Road. Access to the lodge is across the Belize River from Young Gal Road, or by car around the Spanish Lookout side. Road access is through the jungle and requires 4 wheel drive.

ATM Caves, Cave Tubing, Spanish Lookout and Belmopan are less than 15 miles from the lodge.

Mayan Ruins and San Ignacio are approximately 20 miles from the lodge.

Belize City is approximately 50 miles from the lodge.

Transfers to the lodge are available from many locations including Belmopan Bus or Airport Terminals, The Belize International Airport, Belize City, Dangriga, Placencia, and San Ignacio.

If you are driving your own car, please call to make arrangements for parking and pickup as the road access may be too difficult for many rental cars.

LODGING (per room)
•King Cabana – Private Bathroom W/ Outdoor Tropical Shower - $125 per night
•Queen Cabana – Private Bathroom with Outdoor Tropical Showers - $115 per night
•Yurt/Tipi - Queen, shared bath - $75 per night
•Camping available - showers + bathrooms - $25 per night with own tent or add $10 for tent

•Breakfast - $10
•Lunch - $12
•Dinner - $18

TRANSFERS (Up to 4 persons , one way, extra per additional persons)
•Belize City - $120
•Belize International Airport - $120
•Belmopan Airport or Bus Station - $40
•San Ignacio $60
•Corozol $270
•Placencia $240
•Dangriga $190
•Tikal $190
•Others upon request
•Belize Zoo add-on $20 per person

•Tent rental - $10 per night
•Canoe - unguided - $10 per hour
•Canoe guided - $25 per hour
•Tube - un-guided - $5 per hour
•Tube - guided - $20 per hour

Note: All prices are in $USD. A tax of 9% is added. Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations prior to 30 days, no refund for cancellations less than 30 days.

TOURS (Per person)
•Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) $125
•Crystal Cave - $125
•Cave Tubing + Zip Line - $125
•St. Herman's Cave / Blue Hole $125
•Zipline Canopy Tour 1/2 day $50-$75
•Black Hole Drop $200
•Rio Frio Cave/ 1000 Foot Falls $125
•River Canoeing - 1/2 day $80
•River Tubing - 1/2 day $80
•River boat tour - 1/2 day $80
•Cahal Pech 1/2 day - $40
•Xunatunich 1/2 day - $60
•Tikal $170
•Caracol $120
•Mennonites of Spanish Lookout 1/2 day $40
•Local Culture Tour 1/2 day $40
•San Ignacio Tour 1/2 day $60
•Fishing Tours $ Ask for quote
•Belize Zoo - $20 add on for transfer or $40

Packages (Prices are Per person)

Adventure Package - 4 nights $695, 7 nights $1195
•Lodging in Cabanas - Double occupancy
•Belize International Airport (or Belize City) Transfer with stop at The Belize Zoo
•Use of Canoes and inner tubes
•1 Full day tour or 2 Half Day Tours on non arrival or departure days

Basics Package (tours separate) - 4 nights - $345, 7 nights - $595
•Lodging in Cabanas - Double occupancy
•Belize International Airport Transfer
•Meals (Breakfast and dinner)

Budget Package (tours separate) - 4 nights - $245, 7 nights $445
•Lodging in Yurt - Double occupancy
•Belmopan Transfer
•Meals (Breakfast and dinner)

Island Package Add-on (tours separate) - 3 nights - $495, 4 nights - $595, 7 nights - $795
•Transfers between boat dock and Chaya Maya
•Roundtrip boat transfers to Long Caye in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll from Princess Hotel Pier in Belize City (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
•Beachfront room - Calypso Beach Retreat
•Use of Kayaks
•10% discount on tours (scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye)

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Member since: 2016

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 144 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in outside areas only being considerate of other guests....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Hotel


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    This is the Queen Cabana. A king cabana can also be rented....moreless

  • This listing is for a Queen Cabana/cabin with a private bath. The cabana has a thatched roof, a queen memory foam bed with mosquito netting, a dresser and nightstand, mosquito netting, basic solar lighting with USB charger. A rollaway can be added for a 3rd person. There are some sitting clam shell chairs in the room. The cabanas are made in the traditional Mayan construction. The cabanas have screens and gills to allow breezes and the sounds of the jungle. Contact us to upgrade to a King room (price is $125 US), or to rent multiple rooms. We have a total of 3 cabanas (1 king and 2 queens). We also have a Yurt/Tent with a queen bed that can be rented for $75 per night. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Composting toilet, outdoor tropical shower, vessel sink...moreless

  • The bathroom has a refreshing outdoor tropical shower, composting toilet, and vessel sink. The lighting is basic solar lighting, There is no electric power outlets in the bathrooms....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Canoes are available for guests Mayan Ruins (not excavated) are on the property 80 acres of rainforest Howler Monkeys, birds, many jungle animals Eco tourism - solar, composting toilets, permaculture farm Natural spring and creek onsite ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    We prepare traditional Belizean meals in a thatched roof, open air dining area with patio and hammocks. We can prepare breakfast-$10 per person, lunch-$12 per person and dinner-$18 per person...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Internet:

    Basic wireless is available. This can be used for basic web browsing and checking emails, but not for extensive use....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are provided and changed every 3 -4 days or upon request if needed....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The Thatched roof open air dining / lounge areas has chairs and hammocks to relax and socialize....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for rental vehicles is across the river. We bring guests across the river from the parking area to the lodge....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are changed every 3 - 4 days or upon request....moreless


  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have 80 acres of jungle / Rainforest and river access. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 2 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$750 $2,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 9%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Belmopan Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Western Highway

Car: Recommended

Rainforest, Jungle, Cave Tubing, Zip Lines, Actun Tunichil Muknal ATM Caves, Cahel Pech Mayan Ruin, Xanatunich Mayan Ruin, San Ignacio, Belize Zoo, Canoeing on Belize River, Mayan Ruins onsite, Birdwatching, Spanish Lookout Mennonite Country, Barton Creek Caves, Crystal Caves, Blue Hole National Park (Inland), Black Hole Drop, Mountain Pine Ridge


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

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  • Inside Cabana

    Inside Cabana

  • Outside Cabana

    Outside Cabana

  • Outdoor Tropical Shower

    Outdoor Tropical Shower

  • Belize River

    Belize River

  • Chaya Maya grounds

    Chaya Maya grounds

  • Belize river and canoe

    Belize river and canoe

  • Belize river

    Belize river

  • Cabanas


  • Yurt


  • Howler Monkeys onsite

    Howler Monkeys onsite

  • Stairs from the river to the dining patio

    Stairs from the river to the dining patio

  • Dining Patio

    Dining Patio

  • Inside Cabana

    Inside Cabana

  • Outdoor Tropical Shower and Vessel sink

    Outdoor Tropical Shower and Vessel sink

  • Belizean dish

    Belizean dish

  • Big jungle trees

    Big jungle trees

  • Belize River

    Belize River

  • Jungle Truck

    Jungle Truck

  • La Ruta Maya goes right past Chaya Maya on the Belize River

    La Ruta Maya goes right past Chaya Maya on the Belize River

  • Palm trees, Jamaican Limes and the yellow transfer boat

    Palm trees, Jamaican Limes and the yellow transfer boat

  • Path from Cabanas to the dining patio

    Path from Cabanas to the dining patio

VRBO #805713

This listing was first published here in 2016.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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