Black Rock Lodge

Nestled in the rain forest on the banks of the Macal River sits Black Rock Lodge, an eco-lodge retreat in the middle of Maya Mountains. A nature-lover’s paradise and a birder’s playground, this hotel sits just south of San Ignacio, past serene landscapes of orange tree orchards with grazing cattle and horses. It is the perfect hotel for couples, families, or small groups interested in exploring the highlights of Western Belize while enjoying plentiful on-site activities such as rich nature hikes, birding, mountain biking, horseback riding, yoga, and river tubing.

There are only 20 individual cabins at Black Rock Lodge and each comes with views of the Macal River, Black Rock Canyon, and rainforest. The Classic, Riverview, and Deluxe Cabin categories offer one king bed, one queen and one double bed, or two queen beds along with an exterior patio complete with hammock. The Riverfront Deluxe Cabins sit closer to the river and are recently renovated. They feature a king or two queen beds, large deck with outdoor seating, hardwood desk, seating area, and spacious bathroom. The two newly renovated Riverfront Suites are the ultimate luxury rainforest accommodation for couples, families, or a small group of friends. Each of these two suites offers a wrap around patio and rooftop deck, king bed, and a spacious living area with additional sleeping for two (convertible sofa turns into two twin beds).

With a host of both on-site nature activities as well as off-site tours to Mayan Ruins and numerous cave systems, there’s plenty to keep every guest busy for days at Black Rock Lodge. Since the hotel sits along the Macal River, guests have the opportunity to tube through rain forest lined canyons over moderate rapids for an adventurous and scenic tubing experience (free Belikin to those who stay afloat going over the rapids right in front of the lodge!). Guests can also canoe all the way to Chaa Creek, where they can visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Center while waiting for a shuttle pick-up back to the hotel. Various trails around the property are the perfect half-day hike, leaving after breakfast and returning in time for lunch. Choose from various hike challenges with hikes to: Flour Camp Cave filled with Mayan pottery, stalagmites, and stalactites; the Mountain Summit with sprawling views of the rainforest; Vaca Falls; or the Vista Loop. On these same trails, ornithologists have counted 390 species of birds, making it the ideal destination for birding enthusiasts. Other on-site activities include night hikes, mountain biking with Trek bikes, and horseback riding. Guests are also encouraged to spend a day off-site to explore many of the popular Mayan ruins nearby such as Xunantunich, ATM cave, and Tikal in neighboring Guatemala.

  • 25 minutes south of San Ignacio
  • 242-acres
  • 20 cabins
  • All cabins share views of the Macal River, Black Rock Canyon, and rainforest
  • All cabins feature screened windows for fresh mountain breezes, ceiling fan, and deck/patio
  • Swimming pool
  • Sandy river bank with rope swing
  • Open-air restaurant with expansive deck overlooking the Macal River
  • A la carté breakfast and lunch menu and family-style dinner with 4-course Chef’s Choice entreé selection
  • Homemade breads, freshly squeezed juices, locally sourced meats, and organic produce is used to create delicious dishes
  • Large yoga deck overlooking Macal River
  • Sustainable hotel practices: micro-hydro (90%) and solar polar (10%), “constructed wetlands” natural wastewater process, decor from local artisans, and on-site organic garden with composting
  • Over 390 species of birds on the property including all three species of toucan (please contact us for complete bird list)
  • On-site activities: canoeing, tubing, mountain biking (Trek mountain bikes), birding (including scarlet macaw tour), horseback riding, night hiking, and caving
  • Off-site activities: various Mayan ruin suites including ATM, Tikal, and Xunantunich, various cave systems, Belize Zoo, and zip-lining.
  • Mentioned by The NY Times
  • Travel+Leisure Hotel
  • *Most rooms require the use of some steps/stairs