Copal Tree is set in the verdant hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize. The definition of agritourism-chic: it’s a Jungle Lodge, organic farm, and a 12,000 acre nature reserve.
Copal Tree Lodge offers the best in local food and culture, active adventures, wildlife viewing, saltwater fly fishing, and world-class hospitality. Indulge in rainforest paradise with two swimming pools, spa, farm-to-table restaurant, rum distillery, organic coffee and sugar farms, and so much more.
Copal Tree Lodge is dedicated to developing lasting economic stability in Southern Belize through agriculture. Sugar Cane, Cacao and Coffee are being grown organically by local people who are paid fair wages, and treated with fairness and respect.
Copal Tree Lodge produces on-site more than 70% of the food we serve to our Lodge guests. With extensive gardens, tropical fruit trees, and livestock, our day-to-day food production is a hive of activity year round. Join our farm staff for a visit to our egg mobile.
Be entertained by our feasting, playful lambs. Visit our Cocktail Garden where we grow limes, coconut and pitaya. Explore our Flavour Garden to see, taste and smell the diverse range of tropical flavours that can be custom blended during our one day chocolate course.
Using seasonal produce, we seek to prepare foods that are culturally significant, fresh, flavorful and satisfying. At the Garden Table, we make everything in house using ingredients grown by our farm team or locally sourced from nearby farmers. We occasionally forage the rainforest for wild foods such as heart of cohune palm, wild herbs and flavorful leaves and fruits. We invite you to complete your meal with our house roasted coffee, farm raised “bean to bar” chocolate and a sampling of local rums.
Copal can accommodate a variety of diets including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free.
All suites have a breathtaking jungle view, but the panoramic canopy view can only be seen from the four Signature Canopy Suites with private infinity pool. Guests can add the Farm-to-Table All Inclusive Package to get all that Copal Tree has to offer in one perfect vacation.
It's no surprise that in just a few short years Copal Tree has grown from pioneering ideas of sustainable food production and agritourism to an award-winning, world-class destination welcoming discerning travelers from around the globe.
King Jungle Suites
Nestled in lush rainforest foliage, King Jungle Suites feature one king bed, as well as a shower room with views of the jungle canopy. King Jungle Suites are the perfect home away from home to experience all that Copal Tree Lodge has to offer.
Queen Jungle Suites
Nestled in lush rainforest foliage, Queen Jungle Suites feature two queen beds, as well as a shower room with views of the jungle canopy. Queen Jungle Suites are the perfect home away from home to experience all that Copal Tree Lodge has to offer.
Signature Canopy Suites
The four Signature Canopy Suites, perched above the jungle canopy, sharing their own private jungle-view infinity pool offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each spacious suite is elegantly designed to make each stay an unforgettable experience.
3 Bedroom Family Villa
The three bedroom Family Villa provides a wonderful retreat for your group or family to experience the luxury of the lodge with all the comforts of home with sweeping views of the jungle. The Family Villa sleeps up to 6 guests.
We are proud to produce approximately 70% of the food we serve at the Jungle Farm Restaurant. From our large organic gardens and pasture raised chickens to our lamb pastures, you will enjoy exploring the farm on your own or ask our front desk clerk about a guided tour.
Canoe/Kayak on the Rio Grande
Copal Tree Lodge’s 12,000-acre nature reserve is bordered by the winding Rio Grande River. Its gentle current allows for easy paddling up or downstream. Spot iguanas, howler monkeys, tropical birds, rolling tarpons and crocodiles among the plethora of indigenous jungle creatures. Explore on your own or ask a front desk clerk about a guided kayak adventure.
Spend a relaxing hour on the lush, tropical setting on the Rio Grande enjoying the sunset while sipping on wine or beer and snacks aboard our comfortable, covered 12 seat catamaran. Bring along: bug spray, light clothing. 4:30-6pm, Sunday and Wednesday. Departs from the river dock at 4:45pm.
Copal Tree Lodge has several moderate hiking trails to points of interest throughout the property. Trails on our farm include the Chocolate Trail through our cacao plantation and Sugar Cane Run, which extends around our sugar cane fields outside of the gates.
Hiking with a guide at least once is highly recommended as they are overflowing with information on the flora and fauna and are experts at spotting wildlife. Along the trails, you will see birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and tracks of larger nocturnal animals, such as tapirs and jaguars, and various medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms.
Alvaro, an experienced rider and cowboy leads our Horse Rides on trails through our unique tropical rain forests, cacao plantations, sugarcane fields and other aspects of Copal Tree Lodge Farms.
Wending through the cacao plantations and jungle you can catch glimpses of the Rio Grande river. Giant Fig, Ceiba and Gumbo-Limbo trees form the primary canopy, while the massive Cohune Palms used for thatch and tasty palm heart cabbage grow in dense stands. Howler monkeys, parrots, toucans are often spotted on the trails. Alvaro might even be able to point out jaguar, puma and tapir tracks.
These animals, while not often seen, leave their imprints in the soft jungle soil. Our horses Jim, Pinto, Queen and Max are very calm and know the trails very well. No riding experience is necessary, but it is helpful to be prepared for high humidity, and possibly some mosquitoes.
Our Gary Fisher bikes provide superb maneuverability through the narrow streets of Punta Gorda town. Biking through town offers a unique perspective of the sights and sounds of the area while offering a fun fitness tour. Ask the front desk clerk or a guide for a bike key. Helmets are provided.
The Jungle Gym
Our air conditioned “Jungle Gym” is located near the river dock where you will find free weights, a treadmill and a stationary bike as well as yoga mats, straps, exercise balls and resistance bands. For the ultimate workout walk down the 365 stairs to the gym and walk back up – the perfect cardio session.
Our Yoga Palapa sits above the treetops and offers panoramic jungle views. The Yoga Palapa can be accessed by taking the Signature Canopy Suite tram to the top of the overlook. This area is perfect for solo or group workouts. Ask us about hosting a retreat at Copal Tree Lodge.