Chan Chich Lodge is located on Gallon Jug Estate in north-western Belize. This lies within the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon basin. Conservation efforts to sustain and preserve the tri-national Maya Forest (“La Selva Maya”) are underway with collaborative efforts undertaken in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Gallon Jug Estate enjoys a fortunate location at the heart of La Selva Maya, buffered on all sides by forest and/or protected areas. Thanks to the efforts of owner, Barry Bowen, to control hunting and other illegal activities over the past 20+ years, wildlife has thrived.
Gallon Jug Estate is also an important component in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a regional conservation effort that seeks to link green areas throughout the region to promote biological and genetic diversity as well as healthy ecosystems. With its excellent diversity and species numbers, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists believe that the Gallon Jug Estate provides a safe haven for “source” populations to disperse to outlying areas in La Selva Maya that are more impacted by human activities.
Traveling to Chan Chich Lodge:
Belize is a 2 hour direct flight from Miami, Houston and Dallas Fortworth. There are also direct flights from Newark, Charlotte and Atlanta (as well as various locations in Mexico and throughout Central America).
The Lodge is reachable by a 30 minute charter flight from within most locations within Belize, which can be arranged upon booking. We also provide a vehicle transfer, and a road/river day-trip coming in to Gallon Jug via the New River, stopping at the ruins at Lamanai, and then onward to Chan Chich.
Gallon Jug has its own airstrip which is a 10-15 minute drive from the Lodge. Private plane owners are welcome to land here – please advise the Lodge if this will be your means of arrival, so we can arrange your transfer to the Lodge. The strip is 3000′ long and coordinates are as follows:
GPS Coordinates – UTM Grid 16
Latitude & Longitude
N 17Å 34′ 03.1″
W 89Å 03′ 04.0″
Auto rentals are available and the drive takes approximately three and a half hours on all-weather roads (access is only via Orange Walk). We strongly recommend renting a 4WD vehicle if you choose this option, and can provide detailed directions upon request.
Note: Please ensure that you obtain these directions, as there are many roads leading to Gallon Jug that pass through private property and access will be denied.