The Resort and Rooms, Pooks Hill
Pook’s Hill Lodge is a small, family run eco-lodge located outside of Belmopan in Western Belize. It’s a secret spot amongst birders for its excellent location and calm and peaceful ambience. Despite its remote location, Pook’s Hill is less than 2 hours from Belize City and the coast, making it a perfect outpost to visit the treasures of the rainforest and the jungle. Whether you’re an adventurer, researcher, birder, a family group, or are looking to explore some of Belize’s top inland gems, you will find Pook’s Hill an ideal base to explore.
The lodge has an incredible locational advantage in being walking distance from the spectacular ATM caves (Actun Tunichil Mucnal), the most adventurous caving expedition in Belize. You can set out at dawn and visit the caves in the early morning, having the entire cave network to yourselves, long before before any other groups arrive.
Complimentary onsite activities include early morning birding – let one of their naturalist guides help you spot toucans, trogons, orioles, woodpeckers, and hawks (just to name a few) all right around the lodge. Guided jungle trekking takes you through old growth primary rainforest with mind-bending vines where you can learn about jungle ecology and local fauna. You can also take a 15 minute walk to the Roaring River and go inner tubing! And for the more adventurous, the jungle is a different world once the sun goes down. Head out with your flashlight to experience a bit of the “night life” on an exhilarating night hiking expedition.
Pook’s Hill is situated five and half miles south of the adorable local village of Teakettle, which is on the Western Highway between Belmopan and San Ignacio. Being an eco-retreat, there is electricity and ceiling fans in all rooms, but no AC.
Pook’s Hill offers some good packaged itineraries, whether your interest is in all things Maya, adventure, family fun or a combination of everything. Contact us for more information.
The Pook’s Hill forest Reserve is listed with Belize Association of Private Protected Areas and is successfully protected through its status as an ecotourism destination
All cabanas are built with a traditional Maya thatch roofing technique and are designed with the jungle location in mind. Each private cabana is fully screened and equipped with a private bathroom, hot water shower, ceiling fan, and 24 hour electricity. The decor is ethnic Mayan with crisp cotton linens, hibiscus flower arrangements and local craftwork.
Forest and plaza view cabanas in the main lodge clearing provide excellent vistas of the surrounding forest and the Maya Plaza and are available as single, double, or triple rooms.
Two ‘Bird Walk’ cabanas are set across the creek from the main lodge on platforms above the forest floor, which are accessed by a raised walkway through the trees. These are the most spacious cabanas and are perfectly situated to watch and listen to the movements of the jungle and rainforest inhabitants.
Pook’s Hill is in a remote location, so plan on enjoying every meal on site at the lodge. Meals are served in a lantern-lit dining room overlooking the forest canopy. Traditional Maya, contemporary Belizean and European dishes are served buffet style.
Enjoy a co0l drink in the open air bar overlooking the rainforest as you catch up on the days adventures, before enjoying the days culinary creations.
The following room only rates are subject to 9% hotel tax and 10% service charge. Contact us for details on all inclusive packages available.
Low season: June to November
High season: December to May
Peak season: December 15th to January 5th
|Single||Double||Family**||Bird Walk Cabana***|
** Based on 4 people sharing 2 cabanas
*** Based on 2 people sharing the Bird Cabana. US $25 (plus tax) for each additional person sharing, to a maximum 4 per cabana
Children under 12 sharing a parent’s cabana stay free – Maximum 1 child per Standard Double Cabana and 2 children per Bird Walk Cabana
This is the place! If you are looking for a base camp for several days in the interior of Belize, this is the place. The emphasis is on service, quality excursions with top guides and delicious meals with fresh, organic ingredients. My traveling friend and I were there for a week birding, exploring the amazing Mayan ruins at Tikal and Xunantunich, the Macal River by canoe, the extraordinary ATM ancient ceremonial cave subject of a National Geographic documentary and hiking the many trails on site. It felt like being on safari! That same excitement of what lies ahead each day and returning to base camp and sharing stories with other travellers around the bar lounge in the evening. Kit C, Vermont
A little piece of paradise: Pook’s Hill is a perfect get-away with the most welcoming and accommodating hosts, good food, charming cabins, and wildlife setting. Going to sleep under starry skies, and being awakened by the birdsong and howler monkeys prepared us for days filled with exceptional tours. Special kudos go to the guide, Hector, who took me and my broken arm through the challenging ATM Mayan cave, which is our most unusual and exciting caving experience, both from an historical point of view as well as for the geographical beauty and majesty of the place. We would not hesitate to recommend this lodge or any of its tours to anyone interested in getting a taste of the Central American rainforest, particularly during the beautiful weather of April! Kealia, Ontario
A very special place: We just returned from 3 days here and it was a wonderful experience. I travelled with my husband and 2 sons. We really loved the place, excellent food, great activities, charming cabins, stunning grounds and superb service. You are greeted with a cocktail and an introduction in the lovely lodge then left to explore,relax or socialize with the other guests. We met interesting travellers from all over the world . I can’t say enough about the wonderful meals we were served and the laid back cocktail social hour, or the tours and guides either! You must visit! ‘Little Garden’, Minneapolis