The Lodge at Big Falls in Southern Belize
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Hosts: Robert & Marta Hirons

Guestrooms: 6 cabanas

Address: P.O. Box 103, Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize, Central America

Telephone: +(501) 614-2888

Activities/Attractions: Toledo, the southern most district of Belize, is the least populated and most unspoilt. Toledo welcomes visitors who want to explore its natural riches or simply find physical and spiritual refreshment in the peace of the rainforest. The district is extraordinarily well endowed with cultural and environmental attractions.

The Lodge at Big Falls provides an exciting environment for birding and birders. Our property includes a variety of habitats which attract many different species. From sungrebes, herons and kingfishers on the river to oropendolas, woodpeckers and orioles in the orchard. The relative silence of the pre-dawn is broken by the calls of chachalacas, melodious blackbirds, parrots and parakeets among many others.

Toledo District is also rich in marine reserves. The Port Honduras Marine Reserve contains many idyllic islands (cayes) which are exceptional locations for snorkeling, manatee watching or just relaxing on one of the white sand beaches.

Further out, the Sapodilla Marine Reserve lies along the southern end of Belize's barrier reef, the second longest in the world. This area, dotted with palm fringed coral islands, is an unrivalled location for scuba diving and whale shark watching. Fishing is permitted outside the Reserve and this area has some of the best fishing grounds in the Caribbean. Fresh fish such as snapper, king fish, grouper and barracuda are common local dishes.

"The perfect getaway. We live in Belize and your place stands tall - ambience, food, service, everything."

"So wonderful - Great food, wine, wildlife! First class in the wilds of Belize! We would recommend to everyone and come back soon!"

"A delightful place - birding was excellent - staff is very caring. Ruins, swimming, botanicals etc. all well done - may your future include a long waiting list."

"Far exceeded expectations! A wonderful mix of adventure and tranquility. Very skilled and friendly tour guides. Wonderful attention to detail. The perfect escape! Aracari felt like a tree house penthouse!"

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"Your Lodge is a true joy. After many years of coming to Southern Belize I've found a place that captures my imagination. I've been honored by a visit by a grisson. On top of it all, night time here looks like a huge celebration of fireflies, as they carpet the grounds of the estate. Thank you!"

"Was the best possible introduction to beautiful Toledo. Can't fault food, beds, showers or landscaping - and I'm a picky person."

General Information: The Lodge at Big Falls is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande river in Belize's southern Toledo District. The property is located on a meander of the river with almost a mile of river frontage. There are views towards the Maya Mountains to the north west while the south eastern bank faces the village of Big Falls where villagers come down to the riverside to wash their clothes and bathe.

Our spacious cabanas have been designed to achieve a living space which subtly merges the internal and external environments. The rooms are all individual cottage style cabanas (sleeping up to four persons) with a full en-suite bathroom providing hot and cold water.

  • each cabana is thatched with bay-leaf palm, a traditional Belizean thatching material
  • beautifully tiled floors
  • ceiling fans and fully screened, wood louvered windows offer a cool well-ventilated living area
  • colourful local and regional soft furnishings complete the décor, many of which will be available to purchase in our gift shop
  • landscape plantings around the cabanas have been selected to attract birds and butterflies close to the guest's living space and this wealth of flora and fauna can be enjoyed from your own thatched verandah
  • the Lodge delivers your choice of juice, coffee or other drinks to your verandah each morning where you can sit and enjoy the cool air or survey the early bird activity

Big Falls lies at the end of the Southern Highway eighteen miles inland from Punta Gorda the district capital. The lodge's location provides easy access to all sites and places of interest within Toledo (journey times are usually less than one hour) as well as attractions further north such as the Scarlet Macaw breeding area at Red Bank and the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve.

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).


"A marvelous experience! We deeply appreciate the care you take with everything from your hospitality to the wonderful staff, terrific facilities, great food etc. And you are so fortunate to have Steven (birding guide) who is fabulous! He was a highlight of our three weeks in Belize."