Black Rock Lodge is a magical eco-lodge committed to offering a fully sustainable experience in the San Ignacio area of Belize. This stunning 250 acre rainforest location sits on the banks of the Macal River in the middle of the jungle, filled with birds, monkeys, spiders, lizards and other tropical animals.
Here are 10 Reasons why Black Rock Lodge is magical:
1. If you’re looking for a scenic, rainforest immersion, Black Rock Lodge is the perfect choice. Part of the adventure is the 7 miles of dirt road with amazing river views on the way to the resort. A 4WD vehicle is highly recommended for this drive. Entering the property through this 7 mile dirt road is magical, and felt like we were living in our own adventure movie as we avoided cows, iguanas, and coatimundi’s crossing the road!
2. Black Rock Lodge is approximately a 30 minute (13 mile) drive from San Ignacio and easy to access if you are looking for a change of scenery.
3. The natural beauty of Black Rock Lodge is simply stunning, sitting in a valley with amazing views and a gorgeous river running through the middle. Wildlife is abundant, particularly with birds, howler monkeys and reptiles.
4. The individual cabins are extremely peaceful – we felt as though we we living in our own personal meditation app as we fell asleep and woke up to the lively sounds of the jungle.
5. The dining area is a huge outdoor palapa overlooking the river. Nothing beats morning coffee sitting at the bar watching the river, morning mist and the birds!
6. The food and drinks are delicious with plenty of menu options for breakfast and lunch. Dinner each night is served family style at 7pm with a fixed menu selected earlier in the day. We enjoyed fresh organic meals made with local ingredients by kind and friendly staff. Most of the ingredients are grown onsite and the variety of fresh food was wonderful.
7. The activities on-site are another highlight. We spent a full day wandering around the property, checking out birds and the great views, tubing on the river, and relaxing by the spring water pool. There’s ample unguided hiking on offer with gorgeous views. We saw lots of wild life in the rainforest – coatimundis, howler monkeys, iguanas, spiders, snakes, and various lizards, bats, and birds. There are mosquitoes (everywhere) just waiting to chomp on sweet human meat, so highly recommend you bring plenty of bug spray.
8. Black Rock Lodge offers a variety of tours which include guides and drivers. The staff and guides are exceptional and eager to share their vast knowledge of the area. The ‘Night Insect Hike’ was the highlight for the boys, (who knew a family of tarantulas were living close to our cabin!!)
9. Black Rock Lodge is the perfect central location in the Cayo district of Belize, to experience the many ruins and attractions. We visited Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM), Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Rio Frio on Pools, and The Green Iguana Conservation Project.
10. Sustainability is a priority at Black Rock Lodge. Since 1989 they’ve implemented the most advanced systems of electricity generation, wastewater treatment, waste reduction, resource generation, and recycling.
*** This article is sponsored but all opinions are my own***
I’m a travel and health writer, digital and brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two active boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising teenage boys, family life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.