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Belize Jungle Adventure

A Belize Jungle Adventure

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A Belize Jungle Adventure can be many things.  depending on your idea of adventure.  duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge, located along the banks of the Macal River offers a large variety of adventures.  Frolic 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.

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Maya House in Belize Botanic Gardens, adjacent to duPlooy’s

 

 

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

Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize

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Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize,  (BBG), a nonprofit organization, is comprised of 45 acres of gardens, arboretum and natural areas in the Cayo District. As part of our mission, the main focus of our collections is native plants of Belize with emphasis on endemics (known only to live in their country of origin), though we include exotic, non-invasive plant species.

Area students are frequent visitors to the garden
Students are frequent visitors to the garden

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Maya House

Belize Botanic Gardens, located right next to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge features conservation collections of Belizean flora, an extensive Maya Medicine Trail, Rainforest and Savannah Trails, Trails for hiking and more.

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Tamales ready to eat at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House
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Tamales are a great taste of Belizean food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit for a day and learn about the flora of Belize, eat a delicious lunch at duPlooy’s, swim in the Macal River – it’s a great day out.  Better yet, stay at duPlooy’s where the Belize Botanic Garden entrance is included with your room, as well as continental breakfast and use of tubes and canoes on the river.

Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens' Maya House
Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House

Bring your group and reserve a Mayan Cultural experience – learn about Medicine plants, make a broom from palm fronds and cook tamales over a wood fire for your lunch