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Blancaneaux Lodge



"a jungle retreat
in an entirely self-sustained sanctuary"


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Blancaneaux is outside of San Ignacio in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a 300-square-mile national wildlife reserve in the Maya Mountains.  The drive from Belize City is around two hours via the Western Highway. Blancaneaux also has a private Islander aircraft, the Sofia. You can fly to Belize City in less than an hour.

There are 17 Cabanas & Villas. Each bungalow features a soaring hand-woven thatched roof, artisan-crafted and antique colonial furnishings and a luxurious Japanese bath with views of the jungle sky. Click here for photos of the Cabanas and Villas

  • Francis Coppola Villa (1)
    Find dramtatic views from this impressive open-air living area. A kitchenette and table seating 14 adjoins to large bedrooms with full bath. Francis's personal art and antiques are displayed throughout
  • Two-bedroom Villas (6)
    Skirting the Privassion River, these roomy 1,600 sq ft. villas feauture a large comnfortable open-air living room with kitchenette. Off the living room are two luxurious bedrooms, each with its own full bath.
  • Family Cabana (1)
    The spacious Family Cabana is well-appointed with a large table, queen-size bed, a pair of twin beds, and the charm of a hammock. A large screened-in porch overlooks our beautiful gardens.
  • Honeymoon Cabanas (2)
    Perched over a Privassion River waterfall, the Honeymoon Cabanas offer the ideal getaway.   Choose between a huge private deck overlooking the falls or your own private garden paradise.
  • Riverfront Cabanas (5)
    Expansive deck with wrap-around walkway ensures a dramatic view of the Privassion River. Elegantly themed with native art and local textiles, each cabana offers a queen-size bed and hand-painted tile bath.
  • Garden Cabanas (2)
    Nestled in our carefully manicured gardens, the comfortable Garden Cabanas showcase native arts and antiques, plus a large screened-in porch with hammock.

A delicately balanced mix of luxurious comfort and natural beauty makes Blancaneaux Lodge a truly enchanting experience.

Restaurant & Bar: Classic Italian cuisine, including made-to-order brick oven pizza, is featured at the comfortably elegant Montagna Restaurant. Enjoy drinks in the Jungle Bar before your meal or after dinner.

Privassion River: Tumbling directly through Blancaneaux, The Privassion River thoughtfully leaves crystal clear pools along the wau that are ideal for swimming. The more adventurous can traverse a length of the river in search of a private riverside picnic spot.

Riverside Spa: Relax in Paradise. Enjoy a dip in the massive hot pool followed by a traditional Thai massage.

Horse stables: Our own horse stables allow you both convenience and the assurance that your riding adventures meet Blancaneaux standards.

Organic Garden:Our impressive organic garden featuresacres of vegetables and herbs, plus fruit and nut orchards. This garden provides up to  80% of the produce for both Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn.  Additionally, our carefully maintained chicken coop provides fresh eggs daily.

Gift Store: Tour the crafts of Belize and its neighboring countries through our gift store. Eleanor Coppola personally gathers many of our offerings in an effort to ensure your access to the best native fabrics and artwork the area has to offer.

Hiking and Biking: Miles of trails await your visit to Blancaneaux and the surrounding 300-square-mile Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Pass through diverse environments as you travel in the footsteps of the ancient Maya people. Spot iguanas, rare howler monkeys and butterflies, along with an impressive list of birds that call the area home. Complimentary mountain bikes are provided.


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An hour's drive south of Blancaneaux is Caracol, a city that once covered 35-square miles and was home to 150,000 people. Here you can explore vast plazas, descend into ancient tombs and climb pyramids that provide sweeping views of the surrounding jungle. Watch for groups of endangered Black Howler Monkeys in the trees above Caracol--this rare and beautiful animal is only found in Belize.

Other ancient cities such as Xunantunich are nearby.

A day trip away and across the border in Guatemala is Tikal, one of the largest and best-known Mayan cities.

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Horseback riding

Explore the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve's many Caves and Caverns.  Blancaneaux Lodge is surrounded by many cave complexes that vary from the tiny to the vast.   On the vast side is the Rio Frio Cave, an enormous two-ended cave carved out of a mountain by the Rio Frio River.  Many other caves surround the Lodge. Some, such as the popular Barton Creek Cave and the newly opened complex at Actun Tunichil Muknal, contain pottery and bones left by the Mayans.

Take a dip in nearby Pools and Waterfalls. The hidden Big Rock Falls are a short trip away by car, horse or mountainbike. Hike down to the misty base of the falls, and swim in the warm pools.  Or take a trip to the Rio On Pools, where small waterfalls spill between pools carved by the river out of the mountain granite. Some of the pools are connected by natural waterslides.

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