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Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize | Plan South America

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Part of the trio of Francis Ford Coppola’s Central American hotels, Blancaneaux Lodge is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize’s Cayo District. The lodge’s 20 cabanas are scattered alongside the Privasson River, and offer luxury unlike anywhere else in the region.

What we love about Blancaneaux Lodge

  • The Italian restaurant with a wood-fired pizza oven – a rarity in Belize!
  • The Privasson River, perfect for a refreshing dip after a busy day of exploring
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s own villa, with an impressive open-air living room
  • Blancaneaux’s sustainability efforts – the lodge is powered by its own hydroelectric plant, sources food from an organic garden, and avoids air-conditioning
  • The ceiling fan in the lodge’s bar – a souvenir from the iconic opening scene of Apocalypse Now

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What to do at Blancaneaux Lodge?

We recommend three nights at Blancaneaux as activities in this part of Belize are plentiful.

Hop on a mountain bike, or go riding through the jungle (Blancaneaux has on-site stables). Visit nearby ancient Mayan ruins, take a dip in the Privasson River, or go caving. The night-time jungle walks are not to be missed. 

For those looking to relax, enjoy a lazy picnic by a hidden waterfall, or simply spend the afternoon in a hammock and admire Blancaneaux’s resident hummingbirds.

Map & location

Blancaneaux Lodge is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and is a bumpy three hour drive from Belize City airport.

For those keen to avoid the drive, we recommend chartering a small plane, and landing at the lodge’s own airstrip.

When to Travel

The climate is tropical in the Cayo District, and rain is to be expected at any time of the year. We would recommend visiting Blancaneaux Lodge during Belize’s dry season, which is between December and April, to avoid the heaviest downpours.

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