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Friday 2nd August Chechem Ha, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
We had a private trip booked to a less common place (Chechem Ha Cave), combined with Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. This was a very reasonable £170 for 2 including transport, entrance fees, lunch and guide.
We assumed they would not be too …
Wednesday 31st July Caracol
We had a really good sleep and woke in time for a good breakfast (Hidden Valley's own coffee, grown and roasted on site), fresh orange, kraabu (sweet yellow-white, bread-like texture fruit) and pancakes. We had a pre-booked trip to Caracol (35 miles, approx 1 hour drive) and Rio Frio, so we …
We caught a flight out of San Pedro to Belize city at mid morning, again a small tropic air flight. 20 minutes later landed in Belize, got our luggage and rental car and headed east. We had booked cave tubing on the way so would stop off there on the way. Belize city isn't worth talking about. Best avoided. Arrived at the cave tubing place at …
Today we were going to explore the ancient Mayan site of Xunantunich (once we can figure out how to pronounce it!) Fortunately this is one we can do ourselves by getting a local bus and doing a self-guided tour, saving some bucks. So we headed out in the morning for the short bus ride, where we were dropped off next to the river at a hand-cranked ferry. After the small crossing it is about a mile walk up to ...
... topped off with cerviche and rum punch.
The day before was just incredible and really hard to beat, but the day Michelle and I went to the Blue Hole was unforgettable! We left our hotel at 5am to be treated to breakfast, ready for the 2 hour boat ride to the world famous diving destination. The boat was incredible with fresh water showers, navigation systems and it was all so ...
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Super. Friendly and professional. The staff and management were excellent. The food was well presented and freely available through much of the day. A pleasant warmed pool by hummingbird feeders. Set in a huge forest with multiple choices of walks including Butterfly Falls (waterfall), Lake Lolly Folly, King Vulture Point, etc. Free use of bikes and their own taxi service.
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So far a hidden gem
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My husband and I stayed at Hidden Valley Inn (HVI) for our Honeymoon over Christmas! Everything about the trip was absolutely perfect from the pre-arranged pick-up at the airport to the packed lunch on our last day.
Go now while it's still undiscovered.
A fabulous place to stay in the mountains of Belize. The hotel itself has several cottages that are clean and equipped with working fireplaces; food is terrific and they grow their own coffee which is also great. The staff are very friendly and willing to accommodate requests. Go before this place becomes overrun with tourists. You'll remember this one forever.
***Winner: TripAdvisor's Best Review with Photos Contest, week of August 4th, 2005***
My family and I greatly enjoyed Hidden Valley Inn in the Mountain Pine Ridge. I had visited several times before and stayed there a few years ago. With its thousands of acres of surrounding property, private waterfalls and great birding, Hidden Valley Inn always has had the potential to be one of the best lodges in Belize. But, lacking attention, Hidden Valley had been in a decline for years. Now, with new ownership (the Roe family, who also are involved in the SunBreeze in San Pedro, the Biltmore in Belize City and who have many other interests in Belize) and new management, Hidden Valley is quickly moving back to top form. Managers Craig and Lisa Milner, originally from South Africa, are doing a fine job.
Clean guest rooms, a cozy main lodge full of books, very friendly staff, excellent food, attentive guides, amazing scenery, private hikes through pristine forests..what more can you ask for? The ride from Belize City is worth it! We were welcomed with open arms. Our daytrips were planned perfectly and went off without a hitch. I wonder where else in the world a traveller is lucky enough to have a guide who is an expert in tracking wildlife and birds, can name every tree in the forest (and it's place in local folklore), knows local history inside-out AND keeps the guests comfortable and smiling through every bump in the road? Where else can you have a Mayan ruin all to yourself? Hike for hours, see a dozen waterfalls, take a dip in hidden pools, and not see another soul? Include Caracol, Rio Frio and Rio on Pools, Barton Creek Caves..and ask for Rick! What a wonderful experience. Food top-notch too! Thank you Elmer, Rick and the entire staff. Was also amazing to meet the group from the Peregrine Fund and hear about their project to release the red-breasted Falcon back into the wild. Informative, relaxing, adventurous....can't wait to go back!
The highlight of our trip to Belize
This place is a hidden treasure. 7,200 acres of private forest to hike through and discover beautiful waterfalls on the way. We stayed for 3 nights and walked everyday without seeing another soul - total escapism! The managers planned us different walking trails each day and the kitchen prepared us fabulous packed lunches. We were not keen walkers when we arrived, but were hooked by the time we left.
The hotel is lovely - very pleasant rooms, gorgeous pool and hot tub to ease the sore legs and a very socialable drawing room to read and relax in before dinner over a G&T. Food was excellent - different menu each day and very creative. The staff were passionate about the valley and very well informed - the best place we stayed in Cayo district.
From the moment we arrived at Hidden Valley my friend and I were treated like welcomed guests and served a cool glass of lemonade after our bumpy ride to the mountains. Elmer, the manager, was extremely pleasant and helped us to plan our daily itinerary. Just a few minutes walk from the lodge and you find yourself in a gorgeous broadleaf jungle with streams and log bridges. Our favorite hike was the one from Butterfly Falls to Devil's Falls. It's a tropical paradise complete with well marked trails and several pools to jump in along the way. That morning we had visited 1000 Ft. Falls. When we arrived, the entire valley was blanketed in a thick mist which magically parted for us long enough to view the falls. After we took it all in, the mist slowly consumed the valley once again. It was a thrilling experience. We spent one day in Tikal to view the Mayan ruins there, and one day with our fantastic guide, Rick, who took us to Rio on Pools, Rio Frio Cave, and the ruins at Caracol (which we had entirely to ourselves). We saw a lot of wildlife, including a peccary, a colony of coatamundi, monkeys, and huge tapir tracks. We loved Hidden Valley. The cottages were a bit small, but aside from that, everything was perfect.
This place was our favorite spot in Belize. Where else can you hike to 3 waterfalls in one day and not see a soul except for your companion? we loved using the hotel's trails which are for the exclusive use of their guests. they have something like 1200 acres and with only 12 guest rooms or so, you do the math. the rooms are immaculate. It is a bit pricey and you pretty much have to eat all of your meals at the hotel unless you do a day trip that takes you to san ignacio. the food at the hotel is great and having a nice candlelight dinner by the pool is awesome after a day of getting muddy and sweaty on the trails. the staff does a great job of making sure that you don't run into any other guests on your treks. Must sees are butterfly falls- as soon as you see it from a distance you know you are in paradise; do the caving tour- the one off the beaten path, I forget the name of it but it is the type of place that will be closed off (or should be closed off) because it allows you to get closer to mayan artifacts than you ever will in your lifetime unless you are indiana jones.
We spent 10 days in Belize and spent the first four nights at this resort before heading out to Abergris Caye. I wasn't sure what to expect, but our stay far exceeded whatever expectations we did have. The room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated, with plenty of hot water in the shower. The grounds were gorgeous, and it was very nice to relax in the pool & hot tub after a long day of adventuring.
A pearl hidden in the jungle!
This hotel is outstanding. If you are looking for a private, quiet and beautiful place, top service and excellent food, this is the place. Between visiting the maya ruins, hiking in the jungle, swimmimg in the cascades, we had a wonderful time!
Everything was "custom made"/arrange to fit our plans. We were only 2 couples present at the Inn because it's the low season right now.
One of the best hotel we ever stayed!