Luxury in the Jungle
If you want to spoil yourself in between climbing Maya ruins or exploring the depths of the Maya underworld, the Lodge at Chaa Creek is the place. Even Prince Harry and Bill Gates think so, as they both stopped by during visits to Belize recently. Rooms are decorated with local Belizean and Guatemalan furniture, and there is nothing the staff won't do for you. The infinity edge pool is a beautiful respite from the midday heat.
By Brianna Simmons, AFAR Local Expert
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Sacred chocolate at primisima ceremony
At sunset, from a lesser Maya archaeological mound near the Lodge at Chaa Creek, we drank sacred chocolate and prayed to the four directions. Ceremony was led by Rosita Arvigo, author of "Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer."
By Joshua Berman, AFAR Local Expert