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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Belize Summer Vacation Specials

Belize Summer Vacation Specials at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Consider Traveling to Belize during the Summer Months … when the weather is fine and the vegetation lush from tropical rains. With fewer visitors,  accommodations are always easy to find.

This is your opportunity to get away from it all before the high season crowds arrive.  Make your reservation now to take advantage of of our Belize Summer Vacation Specials at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.

If you would like us to combine the duPlooy’s portion of your Belize Vacation with time at another destination, contact Patricia at info@duplooys.com and she’ll help you make your plans from your arrival in Belize til you departure.

June 1 – Sept. 30
– Book 3 Nights and get a 4th Night FREE!

  • Oct. 1 – Oct.31 – ALL Rooms are 50% OFF *

* In addition,  receive a 10% discount on tours and meals and a complimentary one-hour of horseback riding, as well as our usual complimentary items like use of bikes, canoes and tubes around the property and entrance to Belize Botanic Gardens, not to mention early morning coffee on the deck and continental breakfast included.

There are lots of trails for hiking and strolling and even though we don’t have air conditioning here, you can always cool off with a float by inner tube down the lovely Macal River.

Most nights are cool and there are plenty of fans to keep the air moving – and guess what? – US Summer – June, July and August – is not the hottest time in Belize.  Usually the hottest months are April and May which tends to be the hottest time of the year here.

Just remember – there’s so much to do in Belize that our motto is “Make sure you stay long enough”

Hope to see you in Belize this summer.

* Sorry agents, we can’t give you a commission on this Special Offer.* No other discounts apply.

Creatures of the Night at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Piroque
Piroque

One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque,  one of the many species of night jars.  This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they  seem to  wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.

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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

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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

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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Zip-lining in Belize

Zip-lining in Belize

Many of the visitors to duPlooy’s try zip-lining and cave tubing adventure.  Our favorite place for zip-lining is Calico Jack’s.  It’s also the closest one to duPlooy’s and can be combined with one of these other activities –  canoeing through Barton Creek Cave, Xunantunch or Cahal Pech Maya site, a swim in Big Rock Falls, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, a Chocolate making demonstration, or a stop at the Green Iguana project.   Continue reading Zip-lining in Belize