The Mayans believed that chocolate held intense, mystical powers and was associated with the great gods that ruled their culture. And who can blame them? I mean, it’s probably not far from the truth. Chocolate still holds the allure of decadence, romance, and for some serious chocolate lovers a bit of ecstasy. Belize is home to dozens of small cacao farms, where the fruit that is the source of all chocolate is still grown in the traditional organic Mayan way. The best and freshest of all chocolates can be found here at family businesses like Belize Chocolate Company and Ajaw Chocolate, where the chocolate is made by hand with craftsmanship that is still fit for the gods.
2. JUMP INTO A WATERFALL TOGETHER
Is there any image more romantic than you and your favorite person frolicking in a fresh, clear waterfall? How about something a bit more thrilling? A bit more shocking? A bit more adventurous? Don’t just swim in that waterfall together–jump off it hand in hand. Western and southern Belize are peppered with waterfalls off all sizes and intensities. From tiny babbling falls spilling over limestone smoothed by the millennia to gushing behemoths barreling like a freight train into valleys one thousand feet below. And while we wouldn’t recommend taking the plunge off the latter, there are some stunning spots for just this thing throughout Belize. Make the leap at tons of gorgeous locations, like The Showers in Cristo Rey Village (pictured here), or from the big rock at Big Rock Falls. The possibilities for the most exciting type of romance abound!
3. INDULGE IN A PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER
It has long been held that food is the way to a person’s heart. Add private table service, loads of candles and flowers, and a backdrop that makes you feel as if you’re in a screensaver, and you have the perfect recipe for romance. Whether you’re indulging on the coast, cayes, or the jungles of Belize (pictured here at Table Rock Jungle Lodge), a private dinner will make even the hardest-hearted of us swoon.
4. RELAX WITH A COUPLE’S MASSAGE
Not much needs to be said here. I mean, seriously, experiencing the pleasure of a deep tissue massage in the beauty of Belize side-by-side with your love. . . well, it kind of speaks for itself. In-room and spa massage for couples is available at most well-appointed lodges and resorts throughout the country.
5. SAY “I DO” IN THE RAINFOREST
Destinations weddings continue to grow in popularity, and the romance that surrounds tying the knot in exotic locations such as Belize adds to their allure for both the couple getting married and the family and friends who come to witness their union. With the second largest barrier reef in the world, Mayan temples, and dense jungles, there is a location that is perfect for almost everyone. Whether you plan your wedding through a professional wedding consultant, like Signature Belize Weddings, or the resort you’re staying at, like Table Rock Jungle Lodge, you’re certain to begin your new life together in a setting you will never forget.
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!
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
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a couple of pounds of space in your suitcase to bring supplies for the projects we support — the Cristo Rey Primary School and St. Andrew’s Primary School — you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.
The San Ignacio Market in the Cayo District of Belize is a colorful and vibrant outdoor space right on the banks of the Macal River. Full of vendors at stalls selling everything from papaya to natural herbal medicines, there is a little something for everyone. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the biggest and most interesting days to visit the market—the place to see and be seen if you’re a local. Although the market is open 7 days a week, your best bet for getting the most out of this unique cultural experience is a Saturday morning visit.
So, what are you likely to see and what are our top picks for a morning at the market? Read on for 5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market:
1. EAT SOME PANADES
Similar to what you may know as Empanadas, Belizean Panades (pronounced “puh-NAH-duhs”) are one of the tastiest and most common types of fast food to be found in the country. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Belizean panades are made by folding corn massa (dough) over a stuffing, which most commonly consists of meat, fish, or refried beans. Or try some of the other delectable Belizean-style fast food fare–rice’n’beans, meat pies, coconut tarts, and garnaches, just to name a few.
2. CHECK OUT HAND CARVINGS ETCHED IN SLATE
Using techniques passed on through the generations, locals artisans retrieve this beautiful black stone from “the bush” and spend painstaking hours carving intricate details by hand depicting Mayan symbols, Belizean cultural icons, and wildlife. You can also find loads of other unique handmade cultural items, like clothing, handbags, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings, from Belize and nearby Guatemala at the market.
3. BURN SOME COPAL
Copal, the traditional Mayan incense made from the cured sap of the fragrant copal tree, is just one of many traditional Mayan items you’ll find for sale at the market. Get yourself a small block and try it out in a handmade clay incense burner.
4. FIND A NATURAL CURE FROM THE RAINFOREST
Traditional cures using homeopathic remedies from the jungle have been in use in the tropics for thousands of years and continue to be widely used and accepted in Belize. From treatments for skin rashes to diabetes, you’re bound to find something to cure whatever ails you.
5. TRY SOMETHING FRESH
Ever eaten a soursop? How about a sapodilla fruit, star fruit, coco yam, or custard apple? Market is the perfect place to try a new tropical fruit or veggie. Get wild and crazy and take a big bite of life!
Table Rock’s generous guests answered the call to help others again this year by making it possible for us to award three laptops and one tablet to top performing kids in need as they prepare to move on to high school next year. Thanks to great travelers wishing to make a big impression while leaving a small footprint, Table Rock matched the donation of two refurbished Dell laptops with a Sony laptop and an Apple iPad.
For a country where high school is is not free and is only optional, and where the average dual-income family brings in less than $25,000 USD per year, the financial strain of advancing one’s education is not always a possibility. For those students whose families do find the funds to send them on to high school, the tools we know to be necessary for success aren’t always able to be had. Laptops and tablets, items most of us consider indispensable for learning and producing quality work, are prohibitively expensive for many families in Belize.
So, it is with great joy and appreciation that four outstanding students graduating from primary school receive these wonderful gifts of technology that will undoubtedly create a huge positive contribution toward their success as students at the secondary level. Congratulations to Raonie, Joanna, Lorely, and Kasie!
WANT TO HELP? PACK FOR A PURPOSE.
By packing for a purpose each time you travel, you can help local communities with important needs and social projects. Putting just a few items–soccer balls, pencils, printer ink cartridges–into your suitcase can add up to a big difference throughout the year for those who live in the places you visit. Table Rock supports two local schools with needed school supplies and technology. Check out how you can help at Pack for a Purpose or contact us at email@example.com!
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TABLE ROCK GIVES BACK
Want to know more about how Table Rock Jungle Lodge gives back to our community and the world? Learn more about our ecologically and socially green initiatives here: Sustainability & Giving Back
"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.
Don’t miss out on enjoying the bliss that is our new Jungle Infinity Pool. Tucked into the soaring trees of the surrounding jungle and built into the face of a hill overlooking the Macal River Valley, this newest addition to Table Rock doesn’t disappoint. After years of dreaming and six months of intense construction, the pool not only gives our guests a gorgeous view and a fabulous spot to beat the heat, but it also provides more beautiful open-air spaces to relax, unwind, and rediscover themselves.
How did we do it? Well, it all started with building a new road on the property so that we could reach the spot where we knew the pool would be perfect. A couple of weeks and a large excavator later, and voila!–new road. Then we began the slow and painstaking process of working with the natural contours of the land to best fit the pool to the environment. Nobody likes skimming the pool, but we love our trees at Table Rock and we didn’t want to loose the feeling of the surrounding forest, so only a bare minimum of trees were removed during the building.
Then came the addition of bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a great pool deck with loads of seating, a breezy pavilion filled with comfy sofas and ceiling fans overlooking it all, and finally a bridge for access to and from the dining room and bar. All of this and Wifi access to boot! You’ll never want to move from this fabulous new space! Your holiday time with us is limited, though, so be sure to make time to enjoy the pool as well as all our other onsite activities and our amazing guided excursions, too!
There’s nothing like taking the adventure trip of your dreams and saving big while you do. Table Rock Jungle Lodge is now offering great last minute Belize Vacation Deals this fall so you can have the best of both!
When can I stay?
These deals are good for stays at Table Rock anytime between now and December 20, 2017.
How big are these Belize deals?
You’ll get discounts of up to 25% off our 2018 rates for stays in 2017!
At Table Rock, we are committed to the core values of sustainable tourism: helping the environment, aiding the local community, and educating travelers about both. The resident American owners have worked to make Table Rock Jungle Lodge unique by preserving the natural surroundings, keeping the number of rooms limited, employing local villagers, and by replenishing one of Belize’s earliest natural resources, the Mahogany tree. In addition to the jungle canopy, Table Rock is home to a small working farm where you can gather exotic tropical fruits and visit with our pet donkeys, laying hens, and bunny rabbits. We produce our own electricity and supply the majority of our water needs with purified rainwater.
We invite you to join us in our lifestyle at Table Rock Jungle Lodge, to rediscover yourself, and to experience the beauty and adventure that is Belize.