The Lodge at Big Falls , close to Punta Gorda, in Toledo, southern Belize, is the district’s premier inland resort. It offers guests easy access to Belize’s natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a host of adventures. Their tours will introduce you to the local Mayan people and culture, Mayan archaeology and the natural history of the area. Birders have access to a rich variety of habitats and an amazing range of resident and visiting species.
If you are looking for a southern Belize adventure vacation then they have jungle trekking, caving, river kayaking and snorkeling, fishing and manatee watching on the offshore cayes.
The Lodge offers elegant accommodation, fine food and drink and relaxation in a peaceful riverside setting. An unforgettable holiday experience.
The Lodge at Big Falls is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande river. The property is located on a meander of the river with almost a mile of river frontage. The lodge faces the Maya Mountains to the north west while the south eastern bank faces the village of Big Falls. However, there are no “big falls” in Big Falls. This is just the name of the village.
They are an intimate family run lodge with six thatched cottage style cabanas and three constructed from tropical hardwoods. Each cabana has a queen size double and either an extra single bed or full size bunks for family accommodation. The three hardwood cabanas have air conditioning and a kitchenette for families or longer stays.
The Lodge has a full service restaurant and bar. They are also a licensed tour operator offering a wide range of tours and activities that include a mix of natural history (birds, animals, butterflies and orchids), adventure (kayaking, snorkeling, caving and hiking) and cultural encounters with the local Kek’chi Maya and Garifuna people.
It is the ideal base in the heart of Toledo for your Belize adventure.
Big Falls lies at the end of the Southern Highway eighteen miles inland from Punta Gorda the district capital. Located in the heart of Toledo they are close to all sites and places of interest within Toledo (journey times are usually less than thirty minutes and within a radius of 18 miles) as well as attractions further north such as the Scarlet Macaw breeding area at Red Bank. The Snake and Sapodilla Cayes and coastal parks such as Payne’s Creek in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve are reached by boats departing from Punta Gorda town.
The Guatemalan towns of Livingston and Puerto Barrios are just seventy minutes ride by skiff across the Bay of Honduras.
Their spacious cabanas have been designed to achieve a living space which subtly merges the internal and external environments. Six of the rooms are individual cottage style cabanas (sleeping up to four persons) with a full en-suite bathroom and shower providing hot and cold water. These cabanas are thatched with bay-leaf palm, a traditional Belizean thatching material. Beautifully tiled floors, ceiling fans and fully screened, wood louvered windows offer a cool well-ventilated living area. Colourful local and regional soft furnishings complete the décor. Landscape plantings around the cabanas have been selected to attract birds and butterflies close to the guest’s living space and this wealth of flora and fauna can be enjoyed from your own thatched verandah. The Lodge will deliver your choice of juice, coffee or other drinks to your verandah each morning where you can sit and enjoy the cool air or survey the early bird activity.
The Lodge now has nine units with the addition of three new elegant hardwood cabanas. Each cabana has a hardwood floor and ceiling made from a mix of secondary tropical hardwoods including nargusta, santa maria and milady. Each has two queen size beds, ceiling fans, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom and shower, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and table-top stove with two burners.
The Lodge is covered by a high thatched ceiling and accommodates a full service restaurant and bar. Lodge meals offer a range of local and international dishes, with vegetarian, vegan, kashrut and children’s alternatives.
Local dishes include the Belizean national dish, stewed chicken with recado spice, coconut rice, stewed beans and fried plantain. The Lodge is incorporating local vegetables more and more into its menu. These include okra, breadfruit, calaloo (amaranth, a vegetable with similar properties to spinach and cooked in similar ways), plantain, pumpkin, yam, chocho and the heart of the cohune palm which is used to make cohune cabbage a curry made from the palm.
International dishes include a number of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes including Lebanese mezzeh dishes such as baba ghanoush, hummus and tabbouleh.
Fish comes fresh from the market in Punta Gorda.
The Lodge makes its own bread, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, ice cream and freshly baked cakes and desserts.
The lodge is always willing to share recipes that guests may want to take with them and try at home.
Their well stocked bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, fruit and soft drinks as well as beer and wine. From the main verandah, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets while sipping an ice cold drink.