Chaa Creek’s New Belize Summer Vacations Offer Educational Adventures…

A happy family canoeing down a jungle river

Family adventures in Belize create lasting memories

We’re able to offer these exceptional summer vacations to a wide variety of families.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is inviting parents to combine a family-friendly overseas summer vacation with new “learning adventures” to stimulate their youngsters’ appreciation of the natural world and cultures.

Denise Duran, the Belizean eco-resort’s public relations coordinator, said a new range of kids-friendly vacations combine educational experiences with all the elements of a relaxing, fun filled holiday.

It’s all part of Chaa Creek’s approach to sustainable tourism, she added.

“Chaa Creek’s founding owners have always believed that the more people, and especially young people, learn about nature and different cultures, the more they come to appreciate, respect, and care for the world around them.

“Of course, the main reason people go on holiday is to relax, have a good time, enjoy each other’s company and take in new experiences.

“If you can blend all those things together, you have the basis for a great, satisfying vacation that benefits both visitors and their host country,” Ms. Duran said.

Chaa Creek’s onsite amenities and activities include farm-to-table dining at the Mariposa Restaurant, an infinity pool, Belize Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm, traditional Maya Organic Farm and Medicinal Plant Trail, the internationally recognised Hilltop Spa, and canoeing the Macal River, as well as nature walks and horseback riding along miles of trails crisscrossing Chaa Creek’s 400-acre private nature reserve.

Ms. Duran said Chaa Creek’s family vacations emphasise learning about nature and cultures through interactive activities such as guided nature hikes, birding, exploring ancient Maya archaeological sites, village cultural visits, jungle and river safaris and other family-friendly activities.

While Chaa Creek offers a wide range of tours and excursions throughout Belize, there are plenty of interesting things to do without leaving the Lodge and surrounding nature reserve, she said.

“For example, we encourage young people to visit the Maya Organic Farm that supplies our kitchens to learn about recycling, natural pesticides and fertilisers, traditional farming, and the importance of reducing food miles. The kids can then harvest herbs, fruits and veggies that will wind up on the family’s plates at dinnertime.

“It’s one of those things everyone gets a kick out of, and can be a real eye-opener,” she explained.

Other complimentary activities include early morning guided bird identification walks and tours of the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Farm, while an extensive menu of offsite tours include visits to nearby ancient Maya temple-sites and other points of interest.

For visitors wishing to visit Belize’s Caribbean seacoast, the world’s second largest barrier reef and some of the many small islands known locally as cayes, Chaa Creek’s nationwide network of colleagues and their Unique Hotels of Belize partner resorts offer a seamless and affordable way to combine a jungle adventure with a Caribbean holiday, Ms. Duran said.

“Having started as Belize’s first real eco-resort almost 40 years ago, Chaa Creek can offer unique, all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that cater to a wide range of interests and budgets,” Ms. Duran explained.

“And with accommodation ranging from the very affordable Macal River Camp that includes breakfast and dinner as well as complete access to all Chaa Creek amenities, to the luxurious Tree Top and Ix Chel Villas, with a variety of cottage rooms, suites and villas in between, we’re able to offer these exceptional summer vacations to a wide variety of families.”

Ms. Duran also heads a team that offers free family vacation planning, and is “happy to work with people to help them get the most from their Belize vacation.”

“If people come here, have a great vacation, and return home with a deeper appreciation of Belize’s unique natural environment and cultures, then we’ve done our job,” she said.

“Personally, I like to picture kids returning to school and looking forward to writing a ‘What I did over my summer vacation’ essay that will blow their teachers away,” Ms. Duran added.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi-award winning eco resort set within a 400-acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize. It was recognised by National Geographic with first place honours at the 2017 World Legacy Awards held in Berlin.

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Published at Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 +0000