Cotton Tree Lodge

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On the banks of the Moho River in southern Belize, the Cotton Tree Lodge is tucked into the jungle. Here, visitors repeatedly experience an authentic, peaceful, and excellent all inclusive Belize vacation. Cotton Tree provides many options for uncrowded, "un-touristy" experiences. And because Cotton Tree is only an hour from the Caribbean Sea, you can easily get to the cayes for snorkeling and diving. At Cotton Tree, you can have it all while staying in one place!

[inset side="right" title="IWA Exclusive!"]Get an extra night free with a 4 or 7-night package! [/inset]Your private thatched roof cabana is built by local craftsmen from local rosewood. The sensitive, fluid design provides privacy and modern conveniences, yet preserves that elusive jungle-hut feeling that makes a stay in the jungle a memorable experience.

Our 4 or 7 night all-inclusive packages include snorkeling, cave exploration, an organic farm tour with chocolate making, and jungle walks. We can customize your trip - other options include diving, horseback riding, exploring local ruins, and birding.




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Four night package includes:

Snorkeling in a marine reserve

Cotton Tree snorkelingTake a morning trip down the Moho River on a canopied skiff, spotting wildlife along the way. You are likely to see turtles in the river, howler monkeys swinging through the trees, or iguanas sunning themselves on the river banks. When you reach the Carribean, you will head to four small islands in the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve where the shallow water is full of marine life. You are likely to see coral, fishes, turtles, conchs, and lobsters. After snorkeling, you'll enjoy a box lunch on a deserted beach. After lunch, spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, or fishing with hand lines. You'll explore the islands, including the local ranger station. Snorkeling instruction for beginners is included. 

Dive upgrades are available.  Please contact our office for details.

Eladio Pop farm tour

Eladio Pop looking at cacaoOn this unique tour, Mr. Eladio Pop, of Mayan ancestry, will share his organic farm, located on a hilly property just outside his small village. His enthusiasm and dazzling smile are contagious, and as he whacks his way through the farm with his machete, he will share samples of the foods that he grows for his large extended family, including his cash crop of cacao. This tour includes a traditional lunch prepared by Eladio and his family in their home. After lunch, Eladio's wife and eldest daughter will demonstrate how the cacao beans are roasted, ground, and turned to chocolate. You'll be able to taste fresh roasted cacao beans, and bring some home. The women in the family also make beautiful baskets that you may purchase.

Note: The hike on the farm can be physically challenging, and is not recommended for guests who have trouble walking.

Blue Creek Cave swim

Cotton Tree cave swimThis tour takes you out into the Toledo District, to the village of Blue Creek. The landscape of the area is formed by karst limestone, forming hills and a large network of wet and dry caves for swimming and exploration. You'll hike to Blue Creek Cave over fairly easy terrain through the jungle and upstream along the banks of the Moho. As you get closer, the hike becomes a bit more challenging until you arrive at the mouth of the cave, where you will step into the water and swim upstream towards the source of the river and into total darkness. Our trained guide accompanies you and provides lifejackets and headlamps for your safety and comfort. You will see stalactites, stalagmites, and other unique rock formations as you swim and hike upstream. Late Classic ceramics and an alter have been found inside this cave, leading archaeologists to believe the cave was probably used for Mayan ceremonial purposes.

Note: This is a physically challenging trip, but doable by most guests.

Nighttime jungle walk

Cotton Tree treeYou and your Cotton Tree Lodge guide will venture into the jungle, armed with flashlights and mudboots. The remote location of Cotton Tree Lodge means there is a healthy population of wildlife, many of them active at night. You'll hear howler monkeys and their distinct and eerie territorial calls. This adventure-filled outing is a favorite with adults and children alike.

Other activities available at Cotton Tree Lodge include birding, kayaking, swimming in the Moho River (it's muddy after the rainy season, and clear later on), exploring the on site organic garden, taking a bicycle ride to a nearby village, or relaxing on the balcony of your private cabana. The Main Lodge and bar is also a is a popular gathering spot, with its extensive library and gift shop.



Seven night package includes above activities plus:

Jungle Trail Ride

Explore the jungle on horseback, on this guided three hour jungle trail ride. You are likely to spot birds, howler monkeys, and other wildlife. Cotton Tree Lodge will provide a light snack.

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Cotton Tree Lodge all-inclusive rates

IWA exclusive special - Get an extra night free with a 4 or 7-night package!

Rates are per person



4 nights,

double occupancy

4 nights,

single occupancy

7 nights, 

double occupancy

7 nights,

single occupancy

Summer Jun 1 to Jul 15 and Nov 1 to Nov 20 $1149 $1349 $2269 $2269
Winter Jan 4 to May 31 and Nov 21 to Dec 20  $1249 $1539  $1899 $2599
Holiday Dec 21 to Jan 4, 2015  $1339 $1739  $2079 $2939







The lodge is open November 1 to July 15.

Rates are in USD and include:

  • Lodging in Deluxe Cabana (based on double occupancy)
  • All meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure
  • Transfers to and from Punta Gorda to Cotton Tree Lodge. (Transfers are by boat for flights arriving by mid-afternoon, by road for flights arriving late afternoon).
  • Wi-fi (in main lodge only)
  • Taxes and 10% service charge
  • Guided activities as follows (see ITINERARY tab for full descriptions)

Snorkeling at Snake Caye in the Port of Honduras marine reserve (not included in single occupany package)

Eladio Pop farm tour

Blue Creek Cave swim

Nighttime jungle walk

Horseback ride (included in seven night package)

Other activities for you to enjoy at Cotton Tree Lodge include kayaking, swimming in the crocodile free river (!), birding, exploring the garden on site, taking a bicycle ride to a nearby village, or just relaxing on your balcony in a hammock or in your screened cabana.

Price does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, or tips for guides.  We are happy to book your in-country flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda ($275.00 USD, subject to change).  Please contact our office prior to booking your flight to Belize City to coordinate arrival and departure times.



At Cotton Tree Lodge, you will stay in a comfortable, yet authentic feeling jungle lodge. Each cabana is slightly different, sited in the jungle for maximum privacy. The floors and screened windows are built of polished rosewood, and the thatched roofs provide a genuine jungle feel. Louvered shutters open to the riverfront and the jungle, screened canopied beds are a dream to sleep on, and each cabana has a spacious bath with on-demand hot water.

Your package includes a stay in a Deluxe Cabana, with either one or two queen sized beds. Your cabana is wrapped in a spacious balcony where a hammock invites you to relax and immerse yourself in the sounds of the jungle. The cabanas are connected by broad walkways that also guide you to the Main Lodge, where meals and drinks are served in a casual atmosphere.

Some Family Cabanas are available, with room for additional guests in a separate sleeping loft. Please contact our office for details.

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Cotton Tree Lodge river view from balcony Cotton Tree Lodge bar
Cotton Tree Lodge Deluxe Cabana Cotton Tree Lodge watercraft



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