Hickatee Cottages, Toledo District, Belize
Hickatee Cottages is best described as a jungle guest house located close to the town of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of southern Belize.
The property is a family run establishment owned, managed and lovingly cared for by Ian and Kate who make exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable hosts. As a small guest house this wonderful property is set in well-tended gardens surrounded by rainforests and has lots of character and charm offering guests very personalized and attentive service levels.
There is no restaurant on site but Kate is an excellent cook and plentiful home cooked meals are available for both breakfast and dinner and all prepared with fresh seasonal produce from Punta Gorda market supplemented with ingredients from Hickatee's farm. Any special meal requirements must be advised in advance to allow for produce to be purchased prior to your arrival. Please note however that lunch (and dinner on Wednesday and Saturday nights) is not available at the guest house but town is only a short cycle ride away where you can eat at a number of local restaurants and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Punta Gorda.
On site guests have access to jungle nature trails as well as bikes which can be used to access town and to explore the local area. After a busy day enjoying the Toledo district and all it has to offer you can return to Hickatee to relax in a hammock or take a dip in the property's plunge pool. The owner's are very passionate about the Toledo area and its people and they are keen that sustainable development and responsible tourism play an integral role in the growth of tourism.
Although it is best to book activities locally due to changeable weather and the potential opportunity to join with other guests to do a small-group tour this does mean that we cannot guarantee what will be available, so you may need to be flexible regarding activities on offer. If there is an excursion that you would particularly like to do in Toledo, do let us know prior to travel and we will inform the lodge.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Follow an experienced guide and plantation owner on a tour of a working organic cocoa farm, before visiting a traditional Belizean community located in a small village on the banks of the Moho river.
Visit a traditional Mayan musician and instrument maker, learn about the Crystal Skull and fascinating history of Lubaantun, and enjoy a swim beneath a cascading waterfall in the Rio Blanco National Park.