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Exploring Belize, the jewel of the Atlantic

Exploring Belize, the jewel of the Atlantic

Big Rock Falls

This post is also available in: Spanish

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.

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

Continue reading Horseback Riding Adventure

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

Belize Jungle Lodge News

Belize Jungle Lodge  News

Judy duPlooy
Judy duPlooy

Where is JudyIn writing about what has happened to the duPlooy Family over the years, I apparently forgot to mention myself!  Well, I’m right here in Belize most of the time – except when I’m not off visiting the girls and their families.

Usually I can be found hanging around the deck in the early mornings.  This is my time to chatg with guests.  Later I can be found  strolling the grounds checking on things, so if you have questions, feel free to ask.  If I’m not around, my staff can pretty much tell you what’s going on.

Belize Botanic Gardens

Even though this blog is supposed to be Belize Jungle Lodge News, I can’t write about duPlooy’s without mentioning BBG.  This 45 acre garden is lovingly cared for by a staff of dedicated people.  We are proud of the fact that, despite our remote location and small staff, we have gained recognition throughout the botanic garden world.

Hotel Grounds – Belize Jungle Lodge News

If you’ve been to duPlooy’s  before and have noticed the new look around the lodge; or if it’s your first visit and you’ve commented on the beauty of the grounds,  we have my good friend,  Ronald Cruz, to thank for this.  Ronald has worked tirelessly training his talented ground crew, Eleuterio Mesh and Veronico Tzib and the occasional OJT volunteer to implement and maintain his landscaping vision, not an easy task in the tropics.

OJT’s, by the way are trainees from our Horticulture Training Program which consists of a combination of Classroom Theory and On The Job Training.  This is a skills training course, developed at Belize Botanic Gardens to fill a growing job market in Belize’s Tourism Industry.  While this course is sponsored by Belize Botanic Gardens, I think it still qualifies as Jungle Lodge News.

 

Belize Botanic Gardens

Even though this blog is supposed to be Belize Jungle Lodge News, I can’t write about duPlooy’s without mentioning BBG.  This 45 acre garden is lovingly cared for by a staff of dedicated people.  We are proud of the fact that, despite our remote location and small staff, we have gained recognition throughout the botanic garden world.

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Wildlife in Belize

Wildlife in Belize – duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Kinkajous

Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors.  Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one.  Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.

Chachalacas and Other Creatures

You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.

Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading Wildlife in Belize

Belize Botanic Gardens

News From Belize Botanic Gardens

Belize Botanic Gardens, located adjacent to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge was begun in 1997 by Ken duPlooy as a native palm and orchid collection and an orchard of tropical fruits.

One of the many features in the garden are a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. The Maya Medicine Trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.

A story:

Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay with his elderly grandfather so that he could learn about the plants in the forest.  The boy went and every day he and his grandfather would walk in the forest so that he could learn the many uses of plants and why we should protect them.

Maya House
Traditional Maya House At Belize Botanic Gardens

One day his grandfather told the boy to go out by himself and bring him back a plant that was not useful.  The boy was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated.  “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said.  “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”

“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and  now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”

Other features at Belize Botanic Gardens are a Native Orchid House, Rainforest Trail, Fire Tower, Savannah Trail and a student garden designed and constructed by students in our Professional Gardeners’ Program.  Continue reading Belize Botanic Gardens

What’s Happening at duPlooy’s

What’s Happening at duPlooy’s?

We’d like to say Thanks

We really do appreciate the great reviews, however good reviews don’t make us complacent, they only make us want to work even harder to make your vacation in Belize the most memorable ever.

Bungalow
This is what’s happening at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Of course, we love it when you had a good enough time to make a second or even multiple visits or check our website to find out what’s happening at duPlooy’s.  It’s fun when people who may have honeymooned here bring their children to visit.  When we lived in South Carolina – 27 years ago I owned a small pre-school.  One of the children who attended my school was married here.  If you have a story about your visit – or visits – to duPlooy’s, write and tell us about it.  We also invite you to share photos, old or new, on our facebook pages

Continue reading What’s Happening at duPlooy’s

Belizean Expressions

Belizean Expressions –

Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words

This link above will take you to a site where you  to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places.  For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 25 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately.  It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it  means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.

Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something.  Then share one of yours with him/her.

When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.

It can be  frustrating when you ask for something and are told
Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is  an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions