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.