Chan Chich Lodge is located on Gallon Jug Estate in northwestern Belize. This lies within the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon basin. Conservation efforts to protect 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 the late Sir Barry Bowen to control hunting and other illegal activities over the past 20+ years, wildlife has thrived.
We are 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:
There are direct, nonstop flights to Belize from Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Dallas Fort Worth in the USA; and from El Salvador and Panama in Central America. You can also find excellent connecting flights through those airports from cities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The airport code for Belize City is BZE.
Once you arrive in Belize there are several ways to arrive at Chan Chich Lodge. First, we offer a ground transfer from the international airport, with Lodge vehicle and Lodge staff, at a price of USD$100 + tax for 1-2 people. The advantage of this option is that you see the Belize countryside and have a conversational introduction to Belize and the Lodge with our driver; the transfer, depending on time of day ranges from 3-4 hours.
For that same price we offer a transfer from the Lodge back to the international airport. We also offer ground transfers to and from Chan Chich for guests arriving from or going to other lodges in Belize.
Another option is rental vehicle, and we will provide you a map with instructions for the drive from the airport to the Lodge in case you prefer to drive yourself. We have a relationship with a car rental agency at the airport that provides guests of Chan Chich Lodge preferred rental rates. We recommend 4WD vehicles and a mobile phone with local service to be best prepared for all contingencies. Also, permission is required to pass through the surrounding private conservation lands, and this must be obtained in advance of your arrival. We will assist you with all of that.
Guests with limited time prefer the fastest route, which is by air into Gallon Jug airstrip, and then a 10-minute drive to the Lodge. A 30-minute charter flight from the international airport, and from most other locations within Belize, can be arranged with our reservationist. Private Planes are welcome.
For details on any of these options please contact us at [email protected] for information.
Our Coordinates: 353° N | 17°32´21´´N 89°6´40´´W | 110 m Elevation