duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
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... br> Iguanas, their habits, characteristics and threats they faced before
taking us to meet them.
The first cage we went into was full of adult Iguanas, these guys were biggies but not as big as they gown in the wild.
male of the pack has the greatest life of any Igauna ever living. He
gets messages and therapy. He is hand fed and bathed. He can never be
released into the wild as he wouldn’t know how to defend himself.
He has a ...
I went on a Ragamuffin full day snorkelling tour and it was such an amazing day and worth every penny! A nice little sail boat and a decent crew determined to give us all more Rum Punch to see us dancing on board. We sailed to 3 ...
... ve booked our ATM cave tour for tomorrow morning with Mayawalk and we’re just chilling on our balcony watching the world go by and updating the blog. There’s a tramp that lives on our street who’s asked me for money about 5 times and each time I decline he shouts another insult at me. So far we’ve been called ‘Tight *************’ and I was also asked if I was a ‘white racist’, charming.
... hiking trail, swimming in a waterfall pool with people from NH and MA! The world is extremely small.We left and climbed back up the crazy path (which was definitely less scary on the way up but a much better workout for the legs!).
From there, we headed to ... well... for a little while, we headed the wrong way. We figured it out pretty quickly and got going the right way. A half hour back up the dirt road and we made it ...
... welcome) after that we headed out to the ATM cave.
To get to the cave, you have to cross three rivers. At each river crossing, Carlos would say," Mmmm Refreshing", by the third crossing it was definitely on the cooler side of refreshing! He also taught us about all the medicinal plants in the jungle which he had learnt about from his grandfather.
The ATM cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal or Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher) is one of the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews duPlooy's Jungle Lodge San Ignacio
Exciting Adventure at Dupooly's Jungle Lodge
Exceptional food, great setting for birding, canoeing,
tubing, horseback riding, and great day trips available to include Mayan ruins, and caving. Super nice support staff and management. Clean spacious rooms. Botanical garden was outstanding.
duPlooys is absolutely charming; I spent a week there just over a year ago and can't wait for my trip there this Fall.
DuPlooys has changed day-to-day management in recent months abd that may explain the disappointment that we and fellow travellers have experienced recently.
The accomodations were more than expected, clean and well maintained. Service was excellent. Food was local, fresh and expertely prepared.
All empoyees were smiling and helpful.
Management went out of the way to make sure our stay was the best.
All guides were very informed and genuine.
We cannot wait to get back
We found DuPlooy's to be a great jungle lodge. You are really immersed in the jungle, and it is a true jungle, not a jungle created for the lodge itself (such as at Maruba). The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Even the cleaning staff was pointing out the different birds. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there were no expectations of us.
Loved the river
I just want to comment on the river, slightingly referred to in a review. I live on this river and swim in it every day - bliss to swim in and clean, despite the Chalillo dam which has muddied it up a bit. We have tested the water. A. llewellyn
We just returned from 4 days at duPlooy's and it was the highlight of our trip to Belize. We enjoyed it more than our beach visit to Placencia. We travled with our 9 and 7 yr old. They loved it. it is very easy to get to San Igancio by car from Belize City. Once you arrive, the staff are so welcoming and accomodating. (Luis, Anniver, Abner, Guillermo and Isaiah) Plenty of help with your luggage. We were upgraded to have a connecting jungle lodge room. which is like stone/log cabin meets hacienda style. Very clean and spacious. Hot water, screened porch. and we were right there on the canopy with the birds every morning. Wonerful coffee on the deck in the morning. Meal plan seems the way to go for adults. For the kids, the will accomodate fussy eaters - as that is what we have. Dinners were fabulous, low key , but good quality. EAch day we had a wonderful adventure, and the lodge was totally on top of every detail for the horses, canoe, picnics and knowledgeable guides. In the evening the kinkajou comes out to greet the guests and eat bananas. I developed a taste for the nice drink, the cheeky toucan. There is so much to do here.. don't be lured by too much beach time. Speand atleast 5 days. 4 was too short. In comparison, I checked out Chaa Creek, next door which is a bit more money, and I don't think as natural and accessible to nature as duPlooy's. Chaa creek looks more like thatch cabanas on a golf course. and you don't have the screened porches and close canopy walk. So, if you are deciding between the 2, choose duPlooy's. We had lunch one day at clarissa Falls... try the soup. The ruins in the area are great, and duPlooy's location is perfect and easy for accessing most sights in 20 minutes, except the Mtn. Pine Ridge. We never actually went into the Mtn Pine ridge... so If you want to explore that area... stay there at Five Sisters Lodge or something, because driving or tour times to various places is long and exhasuting. After dinner you will just crash from the adventures and hot sun. it isn't that chilly in the mountains, only a little bit at night. So go to duPlooy's and relax and have fun. We will be back
We spent a three-day weekend at duPlooy's in the height of low-season, taking advantage of a 50% off deal. The rooms were clean and comfortable, very simply decorated as is the restaurant and bar. For our first night we were the only guests which made for excellent customer service! The staff is very congenial, knowledgeable, and gracious. We enjoyed a well-organized trip to Xuanantunich as well as a day at the Belize Botanical Gardens which is connected to the property by a 20 minute hike along the Mopan river or a swift jaunt down the driveway. I would reccommend a rental car if you want to explore, unless you have time for hitchhiking (which is very safe). A one-way taxi ride between the main town and the lodge will cost somewhere between $25-40BZE. duPlooy's flaunts--and seems to adhere to--a great environmental credo, but this unfortunately includes shutting off the generator in the night and thus eliminating fans.
Going back again!
My husband and I are going back for the second time to Belize and the only repeat on our trip is Duplooy's! We stayed there 2 years ago and loved the simple casual, comfort of the lodgings and dining facilities. We even swam in the river! The staff was freindly and informative. The Botanical Garden was very interesting--can't wait to see how the Orchid House has grown!!
Cute & friendly - wildlife at your front door! - loved it!
My husband and i stayed at duPlooy's for a portion of our honeymoon. It was a recommendation from a co-worker - we really enjoyed ourselves. The staff was very friendly - every side trip we took was informative and fun. The food in the restaurant is amazing, always a vegetarian option and always delicious. The bar is right in the jungle on the deck. Birds and wildlife practically come to you. It was a real treat sipping our rum punch and relaxing with the staff or other vacationers. The hotel is on a lovely property with a botanical garden. The river is right below, but the water didn't look too good to swim in. It is peaceful and worth every penny.