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.
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.
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
Not For the Feint of Heart … Belize’s Black Hole Drop is for real adventure-seekers
Rapelling down into the the Black Hole Drop, the rush comes in the first 10 feet and the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, with the last 100 feet taking you down through the rainforest canopy. Your return hike includes some rock climbing, ladder climbing, and a lot of sweating, This 300 ft. descent into a little-visited sinkhole “Actun Loch Tunich” is not for everyone, but guaranteed it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. Hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains to the mouth of this cave where the edge of the sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rain forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.
Your return hike out of the Black Hole includes some hiking, rock climbing and ladder climbing and a lot of sweating. When the day is over give yourself a bit pat on the back and say “I did it!”
The ride to Flour Camp Cave and Xunantunich, from duPlooy’s,followthe same trail for the first 30 minutes, at which point the trail to Flour Camp forks and continues on for another 30 minutes through the picturesque fields and orchards of Negro Man Farm, before reaching an unmarked foot-path, which leads directly up to the cave. After dismounting, its a 30 minute uphill hike to the caves entrance. The cave is filed with Mayan pottery shards and the impressive stalactites and stalagmites and are sure to capture your attention. There are bats living inside, as you might expect and a recent group of guests photographed a mottled owl just inside the cave’s entrance.
There’s time to look around and explore for an hour or so; then after a picnic lunch, along the river, its on the water for 2-3 hours and a well deserved, down-stream paddle back to duPlooy’s beach, with plenty of spots to stop for a refreshing swim along the way.
Interesting Note: Flour Camp, by the riverside at the the bottom of “Flour Camp Hill” got its name back in the days when Mahogany was cut from forests along the river and floated downstream for shipping out of the country. Four Camp is the place where the loggers’ supplies were dropped.
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.
Tropic Air flies several times a day to nearby Maya Flats airstrip from all points in Belize. It saves a lot of time to fly, particularly if you are staying at duPlooy'; we are only 3 miles away.
If you have the time we suggest you travel by road at least one way so that you can see where you are going; you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Belize Zoo on the way to or from duPlooy’s by road.