duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
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... ha ha ha). We are ushered into a cab and four of us plus our backpacks are squished in for the quick ride to San Ignacio.
We are too early to check in but the nice Shemera lets us dump our bags in the hotel while we wander around. First stop is for coffee for yours truly but it is so hot here that I changed my mind and grab a refreshing watermelon juice instead. It is Sunday when we arrive and most shops are closed for the day so the town is relatively ...
... day" where two teachers from each level were running literacy centres, and the other two were taking the kids around to the centres. Ms. Nancy asked me to come with her class because they had a present to give me, and they gave me an adorable little Belize purse with a toucan on it. I went in to Ms. Nancy's room during centres, and she had lots of reading coaches running the centres, which was great. Most of the kids were happily participating... but you ...
Today was PD day, so we needed to be ready to leave by 8:00. There is some sort of awful sounding screeching bird that thinks it is a rooster, and starts screeching around 5, so that wasn't a problem. We had breakfast at the hotel, and piled into both vans to head over to CET (which is a technical college - something like NAIT). Once we arrived, we set up the registration tables to have the teachers sign in. I was supposed to be on a team of ...
... One other brightside about this place, it does have some really good Wifi in place even if it is limited to one place.
Some of the guys had a quick play of Frisby golf before we had a quick presentation of some of the things we can do tomorrow. I decided I'd go caving in the Crystal Caves. it looks like the hardest option we have, and the longest one (I think about 8 hours or so in total), about 8 of the others are coming as well, should be ...
... just done some general vegetation clearing and it's obvious that it's there, you just have to know what you are looking at. They only started doing excavation back in 2010, so they have only scratched the surface. It's really a matter of getting the funding and an archeologist that is willing to take it on and disprove some previous theory's, and then the whole government thing. But there is the potential that this site is huge, ...
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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.