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Belize Jungle Adventure

A Belize Jungle Adventure

Jungle Lodge Rooms

Standard Rooms

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

 

 

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.

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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

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

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.

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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

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Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG

Birders’ Alert!!!

AM Birding from duPlooy’s  Bird-Deck

Philip Mai
Philip Mai

Birding in Belize is great at duPlooy’s & BBG (Belize Botanic Gardens).  Join us  for morning coffee or tea on the deck from 6:30-7;30 am.  There are also birds visiting all during the day, but the complimentary coffee ends at 7:30.  .

Birders’ Alert!!!  Book a morning or evening guided walk through the gardens and around the property to see some of the many birds that have taken up residence on the property.  Let one of our expert bird guides, Philip Mai or Wilfred Mutrie, show you around.

27 years ago when we first arrived in Belize our 100 acre property was a cattle farm.  It still amazes us that our vegetation could grow so much is such a short time and go from having only a few birds and animals living on the property to more than 300 species within a 5-mile radius.

Pick up a checklist in the Gift Shop if you want to keep count or look for some specfici birds.

Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG

Serious birders, plan your itinerary based on the birds you would like to  see – just let us know before you arrive what you’d like to see and our guides will try and find them for you.

Check out the birds in the video.  These are some of the birds that visit duPlooy’s Deck. See the Emerald Toucanet holding court on the feeder, defending his breakfast from larger chachalacas, brown jays, a blue-crowned motmot, some little guys – redstart, yellow-winged tanager,  – and up in the gumbolimbo tree, masked tityra  – and lots more missed by our cameraman.

Birding in Belize and duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

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duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge – June 2015

Last year, daughter, Shayla and her husband, Chris moved to Belize from Seattle to help me manage duPlooy’s.  I’m not retiring  or leaving Belize –  just doing less of the day to day management.  It’s great to have some of the family back and a big help to me.

If you’re thinking of coming with a group to Belize, check out  La Casona.   This is the family house which is way too big for Judy to live in on her own so we added it to the room roster at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.  La Casona is a great place for groups of any type and large families.  There are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, a large front porch, deck, den, living room, dining room, kitchen and children’s playroom upstairs.  Downstairs are 3 bedrooms, 1 more bath a living room and large game room which can also be used as a classroom when needed.

While you’re here at our eco lodge, take time to visit adjacent  Belize Botanic Gardens and walk the trails inside the gardens and around the property.  There is a self-guide booklet in your room that you can use in the gardens.  It is very informative.  Look in the back to find information on the Medicinal Plants you will find on one of the trails.

Take a hike to  Valley View.  It’s about a km and worth the view.  It’s a great place to just sit and absorb your surroundings.

Valley View - 7 AM
Valley View – 7 AM

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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

Earn a Free Vacation

 Return Visitors Reward Program

duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge has many return visitors including friends of previous guests and this year has been no exception. Among our return visitors were Gene and Kathy Prigge for the 25th time and Peter and Ruth Race and Lucy Gatchell for the 14th time; as well as a number of former guests who had been at duPlooy’s awhile back as honeymooners and who have now returned with their families.

This made me think that I would like do something to thank all these folks who recommend a Belize Vacation at duPlooy’s to their friends as well as returning to visit us.

So here’s the Free Vacation Offer.  When you send your friends to stay with us, you receive a credit toward your next visit, amounting to 10% of their bill. So send enough people and you can stay for free.

Here’s How it Works

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