We booked our trip to Cotton Tree Lodge through a Groupon which made it a good deal so we were lucky for that. Overall the best parts of our time there was the trip to Eladio Pop's Cacao Farm - he is an amazing local who will tour you through his jungle farm, teach you about all the plants he works with and afterwards treats you to lunch cooked by his wife and large family of 15 kids as well as roast and grind up chocolate for you to take home - that day alone made the whole trip to Belize worthwhile! Some of the other tours offered by CTL are not as much worth the cost...we also couldn't go to any of the caves because the water was too high at the time we were there, that was a bummer. The resort also tries to get all the guests to coordinate trips which can be awkward...if you are banking on a specific day trip it may be worthwhile to arrange it in advance with CTL. The grounds are beautiful and rooms are nice - and it is definitely in the jungle - there are strange bugs, reptile run-ins, the sounds of howler monkeys and tons of mosquitos, and many kinds of tropical birds (do the morning bird walk if you like birds).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our eco-lodge is hidden between the Moho River, the rain forest, and Mayan villages in southern Belize. Stay in beautiful thatch cabanas with private bathrooms and verandas. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared with organic produce from our garden and the jungle around us. Try kayaking, birding, swimming, and yoga on the grounds. Connect with the people and culture of Belize on daily tours to villages, Mayan ruins, cacao farms, caves, waterfalls, and more. Or simply relax in a hammock all day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotton Tree Hotel Punta Gorda
- Cotton Tree Lodge Belize/Punta Gorda