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It rained a lot in our first day in San Ignacio so we bought plastic ponchos and got a cab to see the Chaa Creek Natural History Museum and butterfly hatchery. We had asked the cab to come back for us at two so we walked down to the dining room and ordered lunch. The open sided thatched dining area was full when we had been seated and almost at …
... we did in
the Galapagos had a big part to play in our snap decision.
So we found ourselves on another bus heading for the town of San Ignacio.
The town centre has recently been done up and now boasts a charming plaza with some cafes and a large welcome centre.
checked out a few places to stay and settled on Bella's Place... a
Hostel owned by a dutch woman who was currently in the US so her
employee Les and her Daughter Bella were left ...
... hours for more hijinks. dorota got a free beer for flirting with sergio the tour planner at the restaurant, while i got a free beer for telling him that the U.S. soccer/football team would beat panama, which of course, it did. sergio rocks! he really helped us get the rest of our trip planned today, and is taking us to tikal in guatemala in the morning. and i'm so happy to know that i will likely be avoiding malaria-ridden areas that dorota was so keen on ...
... us there was another entrance to the Botanical Garden just across the river and that we would be able to paddle back here easily. Although I wasn't convinced by this judging by my little experience a moment ago, I really wanted to go to the gardens and so we ventured back down to the water knowing that this was the only exit to get back to our lodge for many miles. Big mistake! When the guy said it's "just over there" he was fibbing! We were going and going and then we suddenly ...
... to get into dry clothes and just managed it before another couple arrived. They would have got a shock. Had our lunch and set off along the trial towards the car. After some up an down hills, we got to the car and drove back to the hotel. Mel had a deep scrub in the hotel Spa. I just chilled. That evening was spent in the bar comparing walks with other guests and generally chatting. We drank and ate. Saturday we had decided we would go to see some Mayan Ruins which we about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blancaneaux Lodge San Ignacio
We just returned from Blancaneaux and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The resort is about a two hour drive from the airport about half of which is on very bumpy dirt/stone roads. Blancaneaux is in an area which is pine forested not tropical.
We just got back a few weeks ago and had a great time. The resort is rustic but well appointed. The cabanas were cahrming. The food was good not great. The staff was warm and friendly and most helpful. The ruins were amazing, the hiking fun. It's a great 4 day getaway max, one more day we would have been bored, one less, we would have missed a day trip to Tikal in Guatemala. The region is very remote and there are not many top choices, Blanceneux is the only way to go here. But be prepared, it is not cheap! with meals and airport trans, via private plane (which is s must, the drive up there sucks), day trips, etc, it's $1000 per couple per day. Loved the experience!
I just returned from a week at Blancaneaux and have to disagree with the previous reviews. While the setting is beautiful, the service and food in the dining room are only mediocre. The menu is primarily Italian food-pizzas and pastas with some specials each evening. One night I ordered the chicken salad. After one bite I had to send it back. It tasted like tar or creosote. I think someone had poured lighter fluid on the outside grill to start the coals, and it had seeped into the meat. It tasted just awful and probably would have made me very sick. Another night I had conch, which was so rubbery that I only ate 1/4 of it. On three nights our drinks were not brought to the table until we had completely finished our entrees. We and several other guests also wished there had been more Belizean food. We have more than enough pizza and Italian food in the United States.
Not true Belize
If you really want to know what the Belize and the forrest are really like, Blancanaux might not be the place for you. The staff, art work and food is great but they use harmful chemicals to take care of the native bugs but the horses bring in countless numbers of flies into the main lodge so it seemed a little counter productive to me. If you really want to see Belize, try Pine Ridge Lodge.
My husband and I just returned from Belize. Blancaneaux Lodge was FABULOUS! The cabanas and villas are spaced pretty far apart on the mountain overlooking a gurgling river. The accomodations were beautiful, the food great, and the service unbeatable. Their organized excursions were excellent too, and very convenient. We we to Tikal, in guatemala, and had our own private tour guide as we walked around (and on) the ruins. Now I'm telling all of my friends to go.
My husband and I stayed at Blancaneaux Lodge over New Years, 2004. We absolutely adored this place (we stayed at Turtle Inn too, but loved this more - we thought the food was much better at Blancaneaux also). The staff was the friendliest, nicest, and best we've ever known - Four Seasons plus!! They became our friends over the three days we were there. On New Year's Eve, they hired a mariachi band, and prepared a wonderful feast for us which they took great pride in. The effort they took to make sure we enjoyed our stay was unbelievable.
We have just returned from a fabulous two weeks in Belize. The first week was spent at Blancaneaux Lodge and we can't say enough in favour of this place. If you're looking for somewhere to truly relax surrounded by stunning scenery then this is the place for you. We stayed in one of the garden cabanas (the river cabanas and villas looked fab too) - it was lovely, private and beautifully decorated. If you are going in December, we would recommend you request a mosquito net - within five minutes of asking one will appear in your room. The staff at Blancaneaux are some of the most charming, helpful and all round delightful people you will ever meet and they made our holiday - nothing was too much trouble for them. Trips to the Mayan sites at Caracol and Tikal in Guatemala are highly recommended(we preferred Caracol as it was less touristy and a shorter ride along bumpy tracks) as is the Blancaneaux hike to Big Rock Falls which is along a well marked trail through the woods. Get under the waterfall and come alive! Blancaneaux was a real treat for two rather worn out writers from London badly in need of a break - we left there for a second week on the coast refreshed, relaxed and buzzing with jungle stories.
Blancaneaux Lodge is the travel world's best kept secret. I really can't say enough for this place. My family was lucky enough to stay in Francis Ford Coppola's own villa, which is the same as the other riverfront villas only with a larger deck, a private path to the stables and the best view in the place. Take full advantage of all the tours offered. Definitly take the Caracol/Rio On Pools combo tour because after walking around the mayan ruin there is nothing like cooling off! Also, if you take the canoing cave tour, ask for Hugh. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about the area. We asked him to stop at a butterfly farm we passed on the way back to the lodge and he was happy to comply. The restaurant is fabulous. Fresh eggs and fruit like I have never tasted. It was great for us as a family but we met several couples who were having a great time too. Highly recommended!
The best place on earth!
This is not merely a place to stay, it is an experience. We had a terrific stay and to this day, we still talk about our time at Blancaneaux. Every lodge there is wonderful. Here are the freebies: wonderful views, screened balconies, dips in the river below, walking through the onsite orchard, a wonderful tiled shower/tub, fresh flowers on arrival, handmade bar soap (ours was Allspice soap). For a nominal cost, we took a horseback ride through the neighboring rainforest area, and the onsite restaurant is phenomenal, using ingredients grown onsite and from the neighboring Mennonite farmers. Worth the drive (do rent a 4x4 - the drive is half the fun) and the cost!! FYI, we stayed there in October 2003, and the weather was great - just before the rainy season!
Oh yes - You must go!
Myself, my husband, and our two teenaged children stayed at Blancaneaux Lodge as the first leg of our Belize vacation last August. It surpassed all of our expectations and was, by far, the best in all categories: service, accommodations, activities, atmosphere, and food....oh, the food! Gourmet meals every night, prepared to perfection...peaceful, relaxing, tranquil, stunning accommodations....exciting activities. We were treated like family and we'd go back in an instant. All four of us agree - best accommodations we've ever had...best vacation we've ever had!