The Lodge at Big Falls, near the town (and airstrip) of Punta Gorda is in Southern Belize’s lush and hidden Toledo District – famous for cacao and living Maya culture. The Lodge offers guests easy access to local natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a host of adventures. Tours from the lodge will introduce you to the local Mayan people and culture, Mayan archaeology and the natural history of the area. Birders have access to a rich variety of habitats and an amazing range of resident and visiting species. The area is ideal for a southern Belize adventure vacation complete with jungle trekking, cave explorations, river kayaking and snorkeling, fishing and manatee watching on the offshore cayes.
The Lodge offers elegant accommodation, fine food and drink and relaxation in a peaceful riverside setting. The Lodge at Big Falls is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande river. The property is located on a meander of the river with almost a mile of river frontage. The lodge faces the Maya Mountains to the north west while the south eastern bank faces the village of Big Falls. However, there are no “big falls” in Big Falls. This is just the name of the village.
The Lodge is covered by a high thatched ceiling and accommodates a full service restaurant and bar. Lodge meals offer a range of local and international dishes, with vegetarian, vegan, kashrut and children’s meals. Local dishes include the Belizean national dish, stewed chicken with recado spice, coconut rice, stewed beans and fried plantain. The Lodge is incorporating local vegetables more and more into its menu. These include okra, breadfruit, calaloo (amaranth, a vegetable with similar properties to spinach and cooked in similar ways), plantain, pumpkin, yam, chocho and the heart of the cohune palm which is used to make cohune cabbage a curry made from the palm. International cuisine is also featured on our menu and the Lodge prepares Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes including Lebanese mezzeh dishes such as baba ghanoush, hummus and tabbouleh.
The Lodge sources ingredients locally and fish comes fresh from the market in Punta Gorda. Bread, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, ice cream and freshly baked cakes and desserts are all made onsite. The well-stocked bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, fruit and soft drinks as well as beer and wine. From the main verandah, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets while sipping an ice cold drink.