There are many different ways to take a break from the heat when vacationing in tropical Belize. Some jungle resorts may house infinity pools perfect for suntanning against a rainforest backdrop. Others may boast suites with a private outdoor tub where you can take a bubble bath beneath looming trees. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get a resort that has both, like Sleeping Giant Lodge. But this Belize resort happens to have another more natural way of cooling off: waterfall chasing.
Sleeping Giant Lodge has no shortage of rainforest adventures, but a waterfall expedition might be its best one yet. Tucked within the foothills of the historic Maya Mountains, the Belize resort is no stranger to the wonders Mother Nature has hidden within its jungle foliage. Some of them just so happen to be gushing waterfalls. Five, to be exact. The best part? You can experience them all in one day.
A one-of-a-kind jungle adventure
The only one of its kind in Belize, Sleeping Giant Lodge’s waterfall expedition takes guests on a journey to spot naturally occurring water in more ways than one. This full-day excursion might require some energy-fueled ambition to start but like most rewarding things in life, the hike will be worth it. Besides, when have you backed down from a good challenge? If anything, now is your chance to prove that with great Instagrammable photos comes hard work!
Wake up bright and early to the crooning chirps of brown jays and grab some breakfast at the Grove House before setting off. Don’t forget to pack enough bug spray and sunscreen, and strap on your comfiest pair of hiking boots (you’re going to need it.) Throw a swimsuit and water bottle into your backpack and you’re good to go. At 9 a.m., your guide will drive you to the Rancho de Las Lomas Citrus Farm where your ambitious hike begins. Here, you’ll trek for about an hour and a half while donning a helmet and life vest (safety first!) Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself gawking at the rainforest enveloping you as you walk. You’ll find that you’ll be crossing the Silver Creek about 8 times during the trail.
By the time you reach the first waterfall around 11 a.m., you’d have earned a well-deserved rest. You could either opt for an invigorating massage from the gushing falls or take it easy against the smooth rocks. With a view like this, it’s almost hard to believe a there are four more waterfalls to see.
Lunch with a view
After a short hike involving some climbing and swimming, you will arrive at the base of the other four stunning waterfalls. The flowing cascades make the perfect scenery for a picnic lunch. The roaring water may lull you into a catnap, but there’s no better post-lunch lounging than practicing your backstroke at the base of the waterfalls. Out here, the beauty of Belize is evident in every nook and cranny surrounding you. And Sleeping Giant Lodge made sure you were able to appreciate every single one of them.
Once you’re ready, head back to the base where you’ll once more pass sweeping views of the jungle at every cliff edge. You should be back at Sleeping Giant Lodge by 3 p.m., meaning you’ll have enough daylight to enjoy a quick nap at The Nest.
Sleeping Giant Waterfall Expedition
If a waterfall chasing adventure sounds enticing, our other rainforest adventures might be just up your alley. Feel free to give us a call at 822-0037 to help you start planning.