Chaa Creek’s Macal Eco-Pods are nestled high above the meandering river where cool breezes rustle the towering trees of a pristine rainforest. This is a great choice for visitors wishing to get that much closer to nature and travel on a budget.
Every effort has been made to create a true jungle experience without relinquishing comfort and safety. Here at the Macal River Camp you can experience nature much as the ancient Mayans inhabitants or early settlers did – with little of the distraction or noises of civilization.
Wake to the sound of myriad tropical birds beginning their day, enjoy a hearty breakfast from the camp’s home style kitchen and take a journey of discovery along the miles of trails through Chaa Creek’s sprawling nature reserve.
The walk above the Macal River to the fascinating Maya Medicinal Plant Trail is beautiful and other hiking, birding and mountain biking possibilities are, well, endless.
Chaa Creek’s highly regarded stables are also within hiking distance, or the horses can be brought to you. Whichever means of rustic transport you choose, keep your eyes open for peccaries, armadillos, monkeys, toucans, parrots and a host of other exotic animals inhabiting the rainforest.
Also within easy hiking distance are Chaa Creek’s world famous Butterfly Farm, Natural History Centre, and scheduled day tours to the impressive Maya pyramid at Xunantunich, and the huge ancient Mayan Ruins of Caracol and Tikal.
However you fill your days, you’ll welcome a hearty home cooked dinner and cold drink on your return before relaxing around the campfire or in a hammock on your own private veranda with a good book, or just listening and watching as the jungle night unfolds.
The Eco-Pods Macal River Camp has been designed for outdoors people who enjoy “rustic accommodations” in a remote setting, and does not provide electricity.
The ten casitas, or small bungalows, are set on raised platforms and have private verandas. Comfortable beds with clean linens, pillows, towels and blankets and hygienic and environmentally safe bathrooms and showers are all provided, and the large thatched palapas is very comfortable for dining, playing games and socializing.