About

Copal Tree Lodge

MANAGED BY MUY’ONO HOSPITALITY, COPAL TREE LODGE IS an eco-resort located in the southern belize jungle on LANDS THAT DATES BACK TO THE CLASSIC MAYA PERIOD

In only a few short years Copal Tree Lodge has grown from pioneering ideas of sustainable food production and agritourism to an award-winning, world-class destination welcoming discerning travelers from around the globe.

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Our Story

Copal Tree Lodge is built on lands that dates back to the Classic Maya period — around 600 AD — when the Maya people used the Rio Grande river as an important transportation route to the sea.

In the 1860’s Confederates from Alabama and Texas settled in the region to produce cane, cattle and rum. Ms. Marie Louise Young, a Confederate descendant born in Belize and our own Captain Jackie Young’s grandmother, eventually bought the “Big Hill” property and farmed cattle and 80-acres of cane. She produced aged and argicole rum and started a distillery called “Rocky Run Rum” on the property until the 1970s. The original cane press can be seen in the center of our Farm Center.  In 2001 the property was sold to the owners of El Pescador in San Pedro and construction began on El Pescador South, a new fly fishing lodge.

In 2005, Todd Robinson purchased the fishing lodge and renamed it Machaca Hill Lodge.

Now, Copal Tree Lodge is owned by Belcampo and managed by Muy'Ono Hospitality

 

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The Adventure Begins

ARRIVING AT THE BELIZE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Belize International Airport is a small airport that provides excellent signage to help travelers get through customs and transfer to your in-country flight to Punta Gorda. At the point of entry, a passport and proof of return or onward ticket are required. When booking your international flight, we recommend arriving to Belize City no later than 3:45 pm, as the last flight to Punta Gorda departs at 5:00 pm.

TRANSFERRING TO THE PUNTA GORDA AIRSTRIP, YOUR FINAL DESTINATION

We work exclusively with Tropic Air and are happy to arrange your connecting flight. Tropic Air has a small fleet of new, safe and comfortable 14 seat Cessna caravans. You will take a breathtaking 1 hour flight down the coast of Belize with a couple of short stops along the way. Punta Gorda is the last stop in southern Belize and getting here is part of the adventure!

As you land, one of our guides will be waiting to pick you up in our open air Land Cruiser. In only 15 minutes you’ll be pulling up to the Copal Tree Lodge. Transportation from Punta Gorda airstrip is included with the Farm-to-Table All Inclusive Package.

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Committed to Conservation

From the preservation of an intact 12,000 acre nature reserve to the implementation of daily practices that reduce the Lodges’ carbon footprint, Copal Tree Lodge is committed to conservation and local economic development.

  • Roughly 70% of the food we serve in our restaurant is organically produced on our farm.
  • We use sustainable, line caught fish and seasonal seafood purchased directly from local day boat fishermen.
  • We are helping to save Belize’s indigenous cuisine and the heirloom crops that define it by growing native crops on our 3,000-acre organic farm.
  • We are building a global marketplace for Belizean made products through our chocolate, coffee and rum productions right here at Copal Tree Lodge
  • We make furniture and building materials on site from our own wild fall or sustainably harvested wood.
  • We plant thousands of trees each year as part of an extensive agroforestry program that also supports local wildlife.
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