Ben Pundole

GAIA Riverlodge

with Ben Pundole
  • Where:Belize


  • When:March 2014

  • Who:Adventurers.

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Highs & Lows

  • The location is spectacular. I mean absolutely mind blowing. The natural beauty is incredible and it’s yours for the taking, from the tropical birds, waterfalls, fauna and flora, sunsets… wow!

  • GAIA can provide multiple experiences… romantic, serene, calm getaway or an action packed jungle adventure with trekking, Mayan Ruins, zip lining, cave canoeing, etc.

  • The service at GAIA is absurdly good. Attentive, informative, knowledgeable friendly people, who you can tell are genuinely happy to be there.

  • GAIA is remote. This is a plus and a minus, probably more of a plus because it means it will never become overrun with idiots. However, sadly, it means it takes some planning. Miami to Belize, Belize to Maya Flats, an hour or two up a dusty jungle road… but TRUST me, it’s worth it!!!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    River lodge

  • Vibe

    Magical jungle retreat.

  • Location

    Perfectly remote.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Local Belizean jungle vibes.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The lodge was designed by architect Vicky Nelder and the décor was selected by owner Daniel Lighter.

  • Pool/Gym

    Mountain waterfall and spa.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, with the most incredible views!

  • Bar

    Yes... cocktail list needs updating.

  • Wifi

    Yes, in the main building.

  • Children

    Bring them if they're well behaved.

  • Price

    Reasonably priced, although you can't put a price on this kind of magic!


Mayan Cave
Canoeing Adventure

Tea Kettle Village, Belize


Right through the canopies.

Zip Lining

El Progresso Cayo District Belize, C.A.

Right through the canopies.

For a sunset swim.

Big Rock Waterfall

big rock waterfall belize

For a sunset swim.

GAIA Riverlodge

Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize

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