Top Ten Eco-Resorts in North America, Caribbean, and Central America

Machaca Hill, Toledo, Belize
Room at Machaca Hill, Belize
Room at Machaca Hill, Belize (courtesy, Machaca Hill)

5. Machaca Hill, Toledo, Belize
Nestled inside an 11,000-acre private nature reserve in the southernmost tip of Belize is a coveted rainforest retreat called Machaca Hill. If you like your orange juice freshly squeezed from the oranges grown on the property or prefer aromatherapy that emanates from the hibiscus flowers planted in your treehouse room, then this is the place for you. Machaca goes out of its way to reduce the travel imprint by using local food and local staff. What you get in return is a lush green canopy, rich with adventures and Mayan ruins. You're also close to the ocean for snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. Fly into Punta Gorda, an hour-long flight from Belize City. Rates start at $850 a night including all meals, excursions, food, beer, and rum.

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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