Summer Time And The Livin’ Is Easy

It's Cool to float around in the Macal River

It’s Cool to float around in the Macal River

Summer Time And The Livin' Is Easy at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Relax With a Cold Belikin Beer – Summer Timer And The Livin’ Is Easy


And at these prices, you can’t afford to stay home
.  Buy  duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge’s Summer Time And The Livin’ Is Easy Package. This is our summer 2016 Cayo only package. (Cayo is the District in Belize where you will find duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge)

Here’s the unbeatable package information: This is a basic 3-night package with optional add-on days.  The tours included are all close to the lodge.  If you want to purchase tours not listed here, just check with the front desk when you arrive.

You have the option of staying in one of our shared bath accommodations or in one of our private rooms with it’s own bathroom, hammock and porch.

Included in the price
Ground Transportation to and from Belize City
3 Nights’ Accommodation
Breakfast
Choice of Tours from the list below on non-transfer days
Entrances to listed Sites
9% Accommodation Tax
12.5% Sales Tax where applicable
10% Gratuity to be shared by all staff

Lunch, Dinner,  Delicious Drinks and picnics for tours can be purchased at our restaurant and bar

Tour Choices:

Horseback Riding –

Horseback Riding is lots of fun at duPlooy's
Horseback Riding is lots of fun at duPlooy’s

duPlooy’s Signature Tours


Xunantunich
–  This is about a 2-hour ride. Cross the river on a hand-cranked ferry for a guided tour.  Return by horse or road – your choice.

OR

Ride to Flour Camp Cave.  Explore the cave and Picnic on the riverside.  Make your way back downstream to duPlooy’s by canoe or road.

Passageway in Flour Camp Cave
Passageway in Flour Camp Cave

OR

Have fun on a combination of 2 of the following nearby sites:

Horseback Riding around the property
Canoeing to San Ignacio Town 
Visit an Iguana Conservation Project

Iguana in a tree
Iguana in a tree

Tour Xunantunich Ruins

Xunantunich
Xunantunich

Tour Cahal Pech Ruins
Learn how chocolate is made the old-fashioned way
Visit the San Ignacio Market (best on a Saturday)
Tube in the Macal River
Canoe in the Macal River
Hike the nature trails
Visit Belize Botanic Gardens at your leisure or with a guide
Learn to make tamales in a Maya House
Have a Guided Walk through the Maya Medicine Trail

Maya House
Maya House

There are lots more tours that are not included in this package.  All you need to do is to ask at the office and any of them can be arranged for you with a 10% discount.

How much does all this cost?

Private room:  $580/pp – Extra Days – $94/pp
Shared bath: $390/pp – Extra Days – $62/pp

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Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck

Kinkajous Visit duPlooy's Deck
Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck
Kinkajous are regular visitors to duPlooy's Deck
Kinkajous watching the people at duPlooy’s

Are these guys cute or what?  We feel honored that they choose to visit duPlooy’s deck on a regular basis, sometimes singly or with the whole family.  Supposedly they make good pets, being the gentle docile animals they are, but we prefer seeing them free.

Kinkajous are nocturnal animals so look for them just around dark.  Remember that their eyes are very sensitive so that’s why we ask people not to use their flash when photographing them.

A few scientific facts:  The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae related to olingos, coatis, raccoons, and the ringtail and cacomistle. It is the only member of the genus Potos and is also known as the “honey bear” (a name that it shares with the sun bear). Kinkajous may be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not closely related to either. Native to Central America and South America, this mostly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is not an endangered species, though it is seldom seen by people because of its strict nocturnal habits.  

We consider ourselves lucky that Kinkajous Visit duPlooy’s Deck

 

Belize Jungle Adventure

A Belize Jungle Adventure can be many things.  depending on your idea of adventure.

Jungle Lodge Rooms

Jungle Lodge Rooms

duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge, located along the banks of the Macal River offers a large variety of adventures.  Frolick about in waterfalls and cascading pools, ride a horse to a cave and float back downstream to the lodge.  Experience the famous ATM (Actun Tunichil Mucknal) Cave, climb Mayan temples in Belize and Guatemala.

Canoe through the Mayan underworld and zing high above the canopy on a zipline or or try rappelling 300  ft down into a sink hole.

duPlooy Hiking Trails

duPlooy Hiking Trails

Some people consider just traveling the 4-mile dirt road to get here an adventure and spend the rest of their vacation enjoying the grounds, having a relaxing massage or lounging in their hammock with a cool belikin beer.

With access to 5 Maya sites, hiking trails, waterfalls, canoeing, horseback riding, several caves and more, duPlooy’s is the perfect jump-off place for your Belize Jungle Adventure.  With so much to do, just “make sure you stay long enough”

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And the birdwatching is great!

Adjacent to duPlooy’s is Belize Botanic Gardens.  duPlooy’s guests get to go there anytime they want, included with the room charge, along with Continental Breakfast and use of inner tubes and canoes around the lodge.

Maya House
Maya House

 

 

5 Interesting Facts about Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave, Belize

 

Barton Creek Cave  forms part of a large riverine system, which is easily accessed and the least difficult of all caves, since it allows its visitors to wonder the Mayan Underworld on a canoe.

Read below five of the most interesting facts that makes Barton Creek a unique and Interesting Cave.

1.Barton creek Cave is the longest subterranean site in Belize.The natural process of the cave allows visitors to go in for about one kilometer only.

2.The ceramic remains suggest that the Maya were using the cave from Early classic to Late Classic Period.

Ceramic remains found inside Barton Creek Cave

3.The Osteological analysis of the human remains found, revealed that atleast 28 individuals were buried inside Barton Creek Cave including kids.

4.Fire hearths with little evidence of cooking were found inside the cave, which suggests that the main functions of the hearths were for providing light/burning of copal incense for ceremonial purposes.Only royalties, like the priests and the sacrificial virgins were allowed inside the cave.

5.Some areas in the cave appear to have been purposely modified by the Maya to improve access to other locations within the cave, that may have been difficult to reach.

After hundreds of years, little was left and archaeologists continue to look at cave materials that can give a clearer depiction of how, why and when the Maya utilized the cave.

 

 

Exploring Belize, the jewel of the Atlantic

Exploring Belize, the jewel of the Atlantic

Big Rock Falls

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Belize has always welcomed visitors from Panama. Now it is even easier to visit with Copa’s new direct flights to Belize. So just hop on the plane and come to experience all that Belize has to offer. We call Belize “the Jewel” for good reason – there is so much to do here in a small geographic area. Not to mention that it’s beautiful.

Grilling on the fogonGrilling on the fogon.

Where else can you visit Maya sites, bask in jungle waterfalls, canoe down mountain streams, even float through a cave in a canoe or inner-tube, explore mysterious caves and then head for the Caribbean for diving, snorkeling or just basking by the blue waters.

Big Rock FallsBig Rock Falls.

Belizean hospitality is casual and friendly and, thanks to its many cultures, there is a wide variety of local foods to enjoy throughout the country.

If you want to spend your time immersed in nature, duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge is the place to visit. With access to Belizean Maya sites and even Tikal and Yaxha in Guatemala, caves, waterfalls, horseback riding to a cave, canoeing back downstream to the lodge, exploring deep into the Mayan underworld or looking for some of the more than 300 birds seen in the area and spending time in the adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens there is almost too much to do, so pay close attention to the hotel’s motto “make sure you stay long enough” DuPlooy’s is an eco lodge, located on the shores of the lovely Macal River in inland Belize, just a 35 minute flight or a 1-1/2 hour’s drive from Belize City.

Check out our website at: www.duplooys.com and book one of our easy inclusive “Create Your Own Vacation” packages. Visitors booking directly and arriving via Copa Airlines will receive a 10% discount on a duPlooy’s “Create your Own Vacation” package through May 31, 2016.  Visitors from other places use the code 1215 and receive the discount.

“Belize Jungle Adventure Combo!”

San Antonio Village, Cayo.

Dare and satisfy your adventurous spirits with an inimitable Jungle adventure Combo, offered at our prestigious, duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.

Begin your voyage with a two hours’ drive from duPlooy’s to Green Hills Butterfly farm, while enjoying a picturesque display of valleys,

gigantic peaks and the jungle- which is home to countless species of flora and fauna.

Green Hills Butterfly Farm

Green Hills Butterfly Farm

Green Hills Butterfly Farm is one of the largest in the country, having a display of  several species :2,500 live butterflies all together. A Green Hills knowledgeable site guide will take you to the display shed and give you reliable information about a butterfly’s life cycle, while pointing out various species that are unusual yet interesting. Adding to the butterflies awe, there are several humming bird feeders whereby an average of eight species have been spotted around. This site is highly recommended to photographers as it has a small ornamental garden which adds to your contentment! After the 45 minutes tour, find your way towards Calico Jacks Village for an unforgettable zip-lining experience.

Zip lining at Calico Jacks

Calico Jacks is situated just 20 minutes away from Green Hills Butterfly farm and it features one of the best and safest zip-line tours that range from seven to fifteen platforms.


If what you are looking for is ultimate adrenaline, then the ultimo explorer tour is highly recommended! This canopy tour features over 2700 feet of zip-lines and is comprised of 9 runs and 15 platforms, that allows you to have a bird’s eye view of the scenic jungle that is below.

Barton Creek Cave

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Barton Creek Cave-duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Barton Creek is about 30 minutes away from Zip-lining place. This water cave system is known to be one of the most exceptional and easiest in Belize, since it is accessed by canoes only. It is part of a large riverine system, whereby the natural process of the cave allows its visitors to go in for about one kilometer only.

At Barton Creek, you explore the underworld of the ancient Maya sighting stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, skeletal remains, pottery remains and natural bridges that add to the mystery. As you glide your canoe deeper into cave, a duPlooy’s Expert guide keeps explaining that the main purpose of the cave was for ritual ceremonies, where fragmented pottery and human remains are the major evidences.

Adventurous days on these unique beauties are hard to forget, wonderful to discover and significant to experience. Depart at 7:30  AM for a compilation of unseen hidden attractions and you should be back at home (duPlooy’s) by 4 PM with memories that will never be forgotten!

 

 

 

Birding In Belize

Visiting Birds are starting to arrive and Birding in Belize promises to be as great as ever this year.  Come join us at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge for a 3-day course in bird and plant ID or spend your time with one of our expert bird guides who will help you find the birds you are looking for on your list.

duPlooy Travel, just a phone call or email away can help you plan your trip to Belize no matter what kind of nature-based vacation you are looking for.

There’s no better place for Birding in Belize  than duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge!

Owl near entrance to Flour Camp Cae
Owl near entrance to Flour Camp Cae

A Learning Vacation In Belize Can Be Fun

 

Learning Vacation in Belize

Where else besides Belize can you absorb so much that nature has to offer?   Be inspired by ancient Mayan temples? Learn about many cultures? View spectacular marine life? And that’s just the beginning! A Learning Vacation in Belize will open your mind and your eyes to so much.  Let duPlooy Travel arrange an unforgettable itinerary of any length for your class, your family or other group.

Sheryl St. Germain
Cheryl St. Germaine fearless leader for Chatham’s Learning Vacation in Belize

Belize is a great place for Educational Travel.  Since  1995,
Chatham College from Pittsburgh, Pa. , has been visiting duPlooy’s, combining classwork with fun.   This year  24 students led by Professor Sheryl St. Germaine had a fun learning vacation.

Boat on SWC
Sunset Journalling on South Water Caye

Starting with 3 nights on South Water Caye they snorkeled, swam and wrote – and wrote.  After a night in Dangriga, it was off  to Cayo and duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.   For the next 10 days they visited Barton Creek Cave, the Mountain Pine Ridge, the Community Baboon Sanctuary and Belize Zoo. Continue reading A Learning Vacation In Belize Can Be Fun

Horseback Riding Adventure

  Amazing Ride to Xunantunich Ruins

The Craver family –David, Judy, Elli , Anne and Ben, all expert Western riders, along with their guide, Aaron, left duPlooys and headed for Xunantunich archaeological  site, a real horseback riding adventure. This is their story as told to Maysin Smith:

Leaving duPlooy’s mounted on Kumanchi, Red Fox, Blaze, Salsa, Ginger, Hidalgo and Pinto, we rode toward this magnificent ancient art masterpiece.

Friese
Xunantunich Freise

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Belize Adventure Tours

Belize Adventure Tours – Combinations

If  you’ve never experienced the thrill of a Zip-lining Adventure, you have 2 Options in the Cayo District, either of which you can combine with other same-day activities at duPlooy’s.  This is one of the Belize Adventure Tours that can be enjoyed by the entire family

At Caves Branch, you can Zip-line first and then take a hike.  Walk through the forest for about a half hour, toting your innertube in hand. Now hop on your tube and float down the Cave’s Branch River.  Make sure you’re tall enough – 4 ft.  If you’re not there is still a tubing opportunity on the Macal River at duPlooy’s.   See Zip-lining  & Cave Tubing.

At Barton Creek, you can canoe through the cave and afterwards head on out to Calico Jack’s for Zip-lining.  After a picnic lunch you have the option to visit Green Hills Butterfly Ranch or  swim in the cascades of Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge. 

This is one of the many Belize Adveture Tours offered by duPlooy’s.  If you are using our “Create Your Own Vacation” Package, you get choose from a full day tour or one of our combination Tours each of your non-transfer days. Continue reading Belize Adventure Tours