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Jungle Retreat on the Macal River, Belize


Holiday house • Cristo Rey Village Belize

    6 Guests  
    2 Bedrooms  
    4 Beds  
    2 Bathrooms  
    2 Car spaces 
    1 Car available  
  Secondary home

Exchange types accepted

  Simultaneous  
  Non-simultaneous  
  Non-reciprocal  

Statistics

Listed  July 2021
Views  372

General overview

We have three separate homes on our 1.6 acre property, right on the Macal River. The two guest bungalows are available for exchange. We can exchange both bungalows or just one at a time. This listing (#10481) is for both bungalows. Listing#10676 is for the Belize Bungalow (sleeps 4) and Listing #10532 is for the Banana Bungalow (sleeps 2). Please note that only the Belize Bungalow has A/C. The Banana bungalow is located and built in such a way that A/C isn't needed. It's been an AirBnB rental for 5 years, and we've only had 2 or 3 comments about needing A/C (We are SuperHosts with hundreds of guests). Our busiest season is Mid-Dec through February, so usually those dates would not be available for an exchange. And if we aren't doing a simultaneous exchange, we will most likely be on the property staying in our own home. We have a lot of flexibility!

The space

The Banana Bungalow: Our Banana Bungalow is a stand-alone building that sleeps 2 and overlooks the river. It is made of local hardwoods and local pine from Mountain Pine Ridge (We built it ourselves). The bungalow interior is fully screened. There is a custom-made mahogany king bed and hardwood nightstands. The covered, open deck overlooks the property with a peek at the Macal River and hills beyond. The Banana Bungalow has a spacious private covered deck, with a hammock, dining table/2 chairs and extra loveseat for two. There is also a private stone courtyard area. The Belize Bungalow: Our Belize Bungalow is Air-conditioned and sleeps 4 comfortably. It is a stand-alone building. It was our home for over 5 years, before we built our current home closer to the river. The Belize Bungalow is roomy and functional, but not fancy :-) There is a custom-made mahogany queen bed, and two twin-size sofa beds. The very large, covered/screened deck overlooks the property with extra seating and private dining area, and includes 4 hammocks, and additional seating - with room to spare! The Belize Bungalow does not have a view of the river, but does have a nice jungle-yard view. Shared Spaces: There is a separate outdoor kitchen/dining area for the use of our guests. The kitchen is attached to the Belize Bungalow and is a shared area with guests that book the Banana Bungalow. It is not inside the cabin - as just boiling water would heat the entire room! The outdoor kitchen is two steps down from the screened deck. We also have a dedicated laundry area, also shared with the other bungalow.

Guest access

Three steps up to access the Belize Bungalow. And a step-in access to the Banana Bungalow shower. Other than that, there are no steps on the property. However, due to the gravel driveway and walkway, the property is not wheelchair-friendly.

Notes

There are birds everywhere & of every kind! Toucans and parrots are daily visitors. We had a birdwatcher recently identify over 60 bird species in a three week period! We have dozens of fruit trees on the property, from coconuts & bananas, to avocados and mangoes - and nearly everything in between! Wildlife includes iguanas, agoutis, kinkajous and much, much more!

Features

Washer

Washer

Clothes dryer

Clothes dryer

Oven

Oven

Fridge

Fridge

Iron

Iron

Hair dryer

Hair dryer

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

WiFi

WiFi

First aid kit

First aid kit

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms

Fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher

Bed sheets

Bed sheets

Towels

Towels

Workspace

Workspace

BBQ

BBQ

Balcony

Balcony

Garden / yard

Garden / yard

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Covered porch / verandah

Covered porch / verandah


Travel Styles

    Adventure
    Romantic
    Relaxing
    Eco
    Village
    Mountains
    Water
    Remote
    Tropical
    Hiking
    Good public transport

Accessibility

Single level 
Wide hallways 
Accessible door handles 
Accessible parking space 

House rules

    Unsuitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets not allowed
    No smoking

Allergens

    Cat free
    Carpet free
    Smoke free
    Low allergen

Neighbourhood

Cristo Rey Village is nestled in a lush jungle between San Ignacio and the Mountain Pine Ridge are of the Cayo District. Additionally, Cristo Rey was settled by the Mayan and much of that cultural influence still exists. There are local eateries & grocers within walking distance. Cristo Rey boasts a population of approximately 700 mostly ‘Mestizo’ (Mexican + Mayan heritage) residents. While English is the official language, the villagers grow up speaking Spanish and start learning English formally in school about the age of four. And you may also hear Kriol and Mayan spoken in the village.

Getting to my home

Our GPS coordinates are: 17.1302° N, 89.0593° W We do not have a physical address. We can provide detailed directions when visiting.

Nearest airport

Our place is about a 1.5 hour drive from the Belize City airport.

Getting around

The village shuttle stops in front of our property, as does the San Antonio (next village up from us) bus. Taxi service is also available between us and San Ignacio.

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Cheryl & Jeff

Cristo Rey, Cayo, Belize
Member Since July 2021
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We both grew up camping and love nature with all it has to offer. In 2014 we moved to the ‘wilds’ of Belize from the ‘wilds’ of Minnesota. We love animals and would welcome the opportunity to care for pets/animals during an exchange. We currently have two dogs, and only if an exchange is simultaneous we would need our dogs cared for (no need for walks, as they roam the 1.6 acre property). Just really need to have a love of dogs.....
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