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25% Off at Table Rock Jungle Lodge — Big Spring Savings in Belize

31Jan

April & May are dry season in Belize, a great time to enjoy all the outdoor water activities we have to offer. Join us in the jungle for 3 or more nights and get 25% off your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge this spring!

 

The Deal:

  • 25% off regular room rate
  • For stays of 3 or more nights between April 15-May 31, 2019
  • Good for all room options and the Shamrock Bluff House
  • Email us at info@tablerockbelize.com or via the contact form below to book or for more details

 

The Fine Print:

  • Must stay for 3 or more nights
  • Not valid for existing reservations, with any other discounts, or with vacation packages
  • Direct bookings only
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The Pool

01May

THE POOL

"The most amazing swim I've ever had!"
-DP, Orlando

Experience our Jungle Infinity Pool for a swim like you’ve never known before. Surrounded by jungle and tucked into the hillside, Table Rock’s saltwater pool will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.

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Baboon Sanctuary

24Sep

BABOON SANCTUARY

The Community Baboon Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing is the result of the unique efforts of 220 members in nine local communities who have voluntarily agreed to manage their land in ways that will preserve their beloved baboon (the local term for the black howler monkey). Because of community-based efforts to preserve the creature, there are now more than 2,000 monkeys waiting to be spotted and photographed by curious travelers. The Sanctuary feels remote, but in reality, it is only 13 miles from the international airport.

One of the six species of howler monkeys in the world, the black howlers are the largest monkeys in the Americas, and were in danger of becoming extinct.  In Mexico, the monkeys were being hunted by the locals for food, and their habitat was fast being eliminated with the destruction of the rainforest. Conditions in Guatemala were only slightly better, where the monkeys were hunted by locals in the forests around Tikal. As the forest habitat shrank in the country, so too did the numbers of howler monkeys. In Belize, however, the communities of monkeys were strong and healthy, the forest was intact, and the locals seemed genuinely fond of the noisy creatures. Through the efforts of Zoologist Robert Horwich from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the World Wildlife Fund, and concerned locals, the Community Baboon Sanctuary was established, and the howler monkeys are now making a strong comeback.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1.5 hours, on mostly paved highway, or 40 minutes from the International Airport

Adventure Level: Easy.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants and shirt with comfy shoes for walking on hiking trails.  It’s also nice to bring along sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and a little drinking water.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour. This can also be booked as an add-on to a private ground transfer to or from Belize City if you arrive in Belize City no later than 2:00 pm or depart Table Rock at least 4 hours prior to international airline check-in time.

  • Half-day tour includes naturalist guide, entry fee, and transportation to and from Table Rock
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Guided Canoeing To San Ignacio

23Sep

GUIDED CANOEING TO SAN IGNACIO

Learn about the riverine flora and fauna on the pristine Macal River with this two-hour guided canoe trip from Table Rock to San Ignacio Town. Your naturalist guide will meet you at our canoe landing and paddle you along the river, pointing out such sights as sleeping vampire bats, kingfishers, spiny bamboo, huge green iguanas, and – if you’re lucky – maybe even neotropical river otters. The peace of the Macal River is uninterrupted by power boats or jet skis and it’s unusual to run into many other people on its calm and tranquil waters. Once you get to town, you can either come directly back to the lodge or take a couple of hours to explore downtown San Ignacio on your own. Check out the San Ignacio Market and visit the local array of gift shops, bars, and restaurants and get a feel for local culture in Western Belize. Our driver will pick you up at the rendezvous point in town at the designated time and bring you back to Table Rock.

Drive Time from Table Rock: Departs from Table Rock’s canoe landing. The drive back from San Ignacio takes 15 minutes.

Adventure Level: Easy. Leave the paddling to your naturalist guide — or help out if you’d like.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts and a comfortable shirt with water shoes for getting in and out of the canoe, and comfy shoes for walking around town and the return to Table Rock.  Be sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, drinking water, and spending money for town.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: 2+ hours on the river, and up to 3-4 hours in town (optional)

  • Includes naturalist guide, canoe and equipment, and transportation back to Table Rock
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Night Hike

23Sep

NIGHT HIKE

Take a walk on the wild side with a Night Hike. While you’re not likely to see a jaguar or tapir, you never know what you’ll encounter while spending a little over an hour on our hiking trails with your guide and only headlamps to light the way. Tarantulas, kinkajous, night birds, and toads are common, and the night sounds of the jungle are a treat to experience under the inky jungle canopy.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 0 minutes—you don’t leave the property for this guided event

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. It’s not too strenuous, but does involve hiking our trails at night, so the darkness factor adds to the adventure of this excursion.

What to Wear & Bring: Long pants and a comfortable shirt with close-toed hiking or tennis shoes. We’ll provide your headlamp, but you might like to bring along your own secondary flashlight and some water.

*Restrictions: None

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

  • Includes guide and headlamp
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Guided Birding

23Sep

GUIDED BIRDING

With 587 recorded bird species, Belize is an amazing environment for avian life and has become a hotspot for birders around the world. Keel-billed toucans, Blue Crowned MotMots, and Laughing Falcons are common and abound around Table Rock’s 105 acres. More rare and thrilling to see are Orange Breasted Falcons, Northern Pootoos, and the elusive Lovely Cotinga. Led by some of Belize’s most respected birding guides, you’ll have a choice of birding right on Table Rock’s property or taking an excursion to the ruins of El Pilar for a longer morning of birding.

Drive Time from Table Rock:

  • On-Site Birding: 0 minutes
  • Birding at El Pilar Ruins: 40 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Neither guided bird trip is strenuous, but the El Pilar trip does involve a few miles of difficult unpaved driving.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or long pants and a comfortable shirt with hiking or tennis shoes.  Serious birders are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat are also recommended. Want to get a head start on your birding? Pick up your own copy of Birds of Belize (Corrie Herring Hooks Series).

*Restrictions: None

Duration:

  • On-Site Birding: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Birding at El Pilar: Half-day

 

  • Both excursions include licensed guide. Transportation to and from Table Rock and entrance fees are also included for the El Pilar trip.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Belize Zoo

23Sep

BELIZE ZOO

One of the smallest, but arguably one of the best, zoos in the world, the Belize Zoo packs a lot into 29 acres. Containing more than 125 native species, the zoo has self-guided tours through several Belizean ecosystems — rain forest, lagoons, and riverine forest. Along with the rare black jaguar and the spotted jaguar, you’ll see the country’s four other wild cats: the puma, margay, ocelot, and jaguarundi. Perhaps the zoo’s most famous resident is April, a Baird’s tapir. This relative of the horse and rhino is known to locals as the mountain cow, and is also Belize’s national animal. At the zoo you can also see jabiru storks, harpy eagles, scarlet macaws, crocodiles, and many snakes, including the poisonous and aggressive fer-de-lance.

The zoo owes its existence to the dedication and drive of one gutsy woman, Sharon Matola. An American who came to Belize as part of a film crew, Matola stayed on to care for some of the semi-tame animals used in the production. She opened the zoo in 1983 and in 1991 it moved to its present location. She is also an active environmentalist.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour on paved highway

Adventure Level: Easy. Flat ground, shady surroundings, and a paved drive make this adventure comfortable for all ages and ability levels.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts and a t-shirt with comfy shoes are fine for this excursion. A hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also nice to have along.

*Restrictions: None

Duration: Half-day tour. Make it a full day with lunch by combining it with Cave Tubing. Or add this as a stop during a ground transfer to or from Belize City (see restrictions for transfer add-ons).

  • Includes transportation to and from the lodge, and entrance fees
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Big Rock Falls

23Sep

BIG ROCK FALLS

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.  This site can be substituted with Rio On Pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45 minutes on unpaved roads

Adventure Level: Moderate to Strenuous.  The drive is 13 miles on unpaved roads and the hike down to the falls can leave even the fittest traveler’s legs a bit sore the next day.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are recommended for this site

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Combinations: Available only as a full day combo tour with Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Caracol, or Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Please add 12.5% sales tax
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Rio On Pools

23Sep

RIO ON POOLS

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a fairly easy to navigate and well-worn foot path through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 50 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Anyone can view this spectacle of nature and take photos of the site, no matter what your level of fitness. To access the pools and falls for swimming, however, you must either descend many stairs (and then ascend them back up) or take on a short hike via the foot path. Increase your Adventure Level by jumping from boulder to boulder to get to farther pools and falls.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: This site is available only as part one the full day tours listed below.

Combinations: This tour is offered as a full day tour in conjunction with Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge, Xunantunich, Barton Creek, or Chechem Ha.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch as part of the full day tour, and entry fees.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

23Sep

MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE RESERVE

Play in waterfalls and frolic in caves during a day spent in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge.  A protected forest reserve of over 100,000 acres, the Mountain Pine Ridge holds some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.  An excursion here will include these three beautiful natural wonders:

Big Rock Falls

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.

Rio On Pools & Falls

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a well-worn foot path (about 150 yards long with a few ups and downs) through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Rio Frio Cave

Rio Frio Cave is by far the most easily accessible of Belize’s river caves. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entryways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room sized boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave’s formations during daylight hours. There is a beach area with a foot bridge for crossing the stream and getting to the other side, which leads to the exit opening. It is a quarter mile through to the other side, another equally impressive opening. (Do bring a flashlight to watch your footing as you walk through to the other end and to explore other caves in the area). Laughing Jaw and several other caves are also located nearby. The trails are marked, and you can explore them on your own or with your guide.

 

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45-60 minutes

Adventure Level: Moderate. Some climbing of uneven stairs is required and stones at the sites can often be slippery. The 13-mile drive to the Reserve is entirely unpaved, so be prepared for lots of bumps.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, hiking/walking shoes, and water shoes. Don’t forget your extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a change of clothes.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness or who have serious balance, joint, or mobility issues. Some modifications to this tour may be able to be made for families with small children—please inquire.

Duration: Full-day tour.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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