Gaia Riverlodge

Luxury Hotel
Private Rooms
Tours & Activities
Paid Shuttles
Private Guides
Restaurant on-site
Bar on-site
Lowest Price
Suitable For
Couples, Families, Groups
Western Belize
Belize Gold Standard Certified -

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General Info

Perched atop the magnificent Five-Sisters Waterfalls in Belize’s famed secluded Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, GAÏA Riverlodge, named aptly for the Greek goddess of Earth and the mother of life and all creation, will fulfill its promise to reconnect you to your most authentic and adventurous self.

An hour jeep ride from the more populous San Ignacio area, guests can recharge in their private and spacious cabanas to the waterfall’s sounds. Enjoy the rainforest’s intimacy with its native birds, butterflies, and remarkable flora, set amongst the pink and orange glow of the setting sun.

Remote, private and sustainable by design, we are a proudly Green Globe Award certified hotel. We operate on hydropower and offer an electric tram to transports guests from the lodge to the river. Most of our fruits and vegetables are also farmed on-site by local staff in our Mayan organic garden.
  • Conde Naste Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Number 14 Hotel in Central America, 2020
  • Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Award, 2019
Check In:
2:00 PM
Check Out:
11:00 AM
Amenities & Services:
24-Hour Front Desk
Bikes Available
Concierge Service
Daily Housekeeping
Enhanced Cleaning
Free WiFi
Hot Water
Hair Dryer
In-Room Safe
Licensed Bar
Luggage Storage
Non Smoking
Free Parking
River Access
Room Service
Safety Deposit Box at Reception
Tour Desk
Cave Tubing
Horseback Riding
River Tubing
Water Sports
COVID-19 Measures
Gaia Riverlodge is proud to be Tourism Gold Standard Certified.

We have implemented new safety procedures and guidelines following the Tourism Gold Standard Certification requirements. The Gold Standard program is a rigorous set of requirements created by the Belize Tourism Board and the Government of Belize in an effort to keep travelers and our local community safe in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. We have enhanced cleaning and sanitation on both properties to keep us all safe without compromising on the GAÏA experience you know and love!
Health & Safety
  • Appointment a Gold Standard Manager to implement protocols and ensure compliance.
  • Temperature checks for all guests, staff and vendors.
  • Ensure social distancing protocols for guests and staff
  • Implementation of enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures.
  • Development of a response plan to manage Covid-19 suspected cases.
  • Communication with guests, staff and stakeholders about Covid protocols.
  • Installation of sanitation stations throughout the property.
  • Deployment of technology to reduce physical contact where possible.
  • Enhanced training to ensure staff members are prepared to manage new protocols.
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Payment Types:
American Express
Local Bank Cards
Cancellation Policy
May be made more than 14 days prior to arrival with a full refund of the deposit.

Within 14 days of arrival, there is no refund but the payment will be counted in full toward a rescheduled stay within 24 months of the original stay dates.

No refund or credit for no-shows.
Our cancellation policy has been modified to reflect the state of uncertainty that we are all collectively experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancellations made more than 45 days prior to arrival will receive full refunds with the exception of an administrative fee of US $100 + 9% government hotel tax per room. Cancellations within the 44 days prior to arrival, will receive a full credit, redeemable within 2 years of the arrival date of the scheduled trip.
If COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, you and other members of your party that you have been in close contact with will required to self-isolate in your designated room. Unless you develop symptoms that require medical attention, you will be kept onsite, and staff will attend to your needs with food deliveries, clean towels, hygiene items, etc. The Minister of Health will be contacted, and contract tracing will be deployed. You will have to stay isolated for two weeks and receive two negative COVID-19 tests, before the quarantine measures may be lifted. Costs incurred during that period will be at your own expense.
Gaia Riverlodge is located in the heart of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, located approximately 1-hour drive from the nearest twin towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena. This remote area is popularly known for its rivers & creeks, mountain scenery, impressive waterfalls, cave systems and the famous archeological site, Caracol. The location allows you to experience Caribbean Pine Forest as well as Broadleaf Jungle.
Belize’s climate is tropical all year long, so there will be sunny and rainy days and maybe a combination of both. June to November is the Caribbean Hurricane Season and you have to expect more showers. How much it will rain during a particular period, or come to that if any at all, we are of course not able to predict, especially since weather patterns have been changing significantly over the last few years. Please note that nights from November to March can be cool in the mountains and it is a good idea to bring a wrap, jacket or long-sleeved sweater.
While we do welcome families with older teens, a minimum age requirement of 10-years for children applies.
Our location is unique, but we are nestled on the mountain side and there is plenty of walking, uphill and downhill on natural ground surfaces, along with steep steps, involved to get around the lodge. Generally, Gaia is not an ideal location for anyone who has limited mobility or is physically impaired.
With prior notice, most special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Please share the information at the time of booking. Please note, however, that we are not able to offer Kosher or Halal arrangements.
The drive from the Belize International Airport (Belize City) to Gaia Riverlodge is approximately 3-hours, with one hour on unpaved road. Transfers can be arranged directly with the lodge, via reservations, at Of course, you also have the option of renting a vehicle and taking the adventure of driving in Belize. We will be happy to e-mail driving instructions and a map.
As per our tour policy, all tours and activities are booked/confirmed at the lodge, after your arrival. Tours may be combined with other lodge guests if your itinerary is the same and all tours are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Bikes are complimentary to all lodge guests. The front desk will be happy to inform you where they can be located on property.
There is one restaurant onsite which serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, daily. There is no need to make a meal reservation during your stay at the lodge.
There is complimentary WIFI in the main building on property, only; and there is also a guest computer with internet access. Please note, though, that there is no WIFI in our rooms.
There is no cell phone service at the lodge. However, there is a landline on property at the front desk for emergencies.
Gaia Riverlodge is home to the Five Sister’s Waterfalls and we boast the luxury of having a natural swimming pool by the waterfall, rather than a man-made swimming pool.
There are no air conditioned rooms at Gaia Riverlodge, all rooms are fan cooled, only. The lodge is powered by a sustainable hydro-power system that does not support the energy needed to hold A/C units in the rooms, however, with our unique location in the mountains and design of cabanas, the rooms are always relatively cool and even cooler in the nighttime.
Our location allows us to highlight all things natural and give our guests an opportunity to disconnect from the concrete world. So there are no appliances or electronics in our rooms. There is actually no TV anywhere in the guest area of the property.
There are no refrigerators in any of the rooms at the lodge, but the Riverside Villa has a fully equipped kitchen. Please note that due to our location close to nature, we strongly advise against storing snacks and sweets in your room to avoid inviting unwanted small visitors.
The closest neighbor is Blancaneaux Lodge which is about 10 – 15 minutes drive away.
There is an experienced night security guard on duty, daily
Yes, the age minimum is 10 years old, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Business Address
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Other Hotels Nearby
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A balcony with mountain views is offered in each unit. Mango Villa and Pua Villa have air conditioning. The Holiday Home, called Mahalo House, has ceiling fans and stand-up fans only.

There is an outdoor pool and entertainment deck with bbq facilities on the property.

San Ignacio is 30.6 km from Kāne Villas - Mountain Pine Ridge. Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is 127.1 km from the property.
Gold Certified:
Western Belize
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A must go hotel
A beautiful and nice hotel in the middle of the jungle.
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The place is amazing and the service excellent, only bad note the food in the restaurant can be better!
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Amazing... want to go back!
Amazing stay! Customer service was personalized and genuine. It’s a small lodge so they get to know you and remember your names. It’s a nice tough to be welcomed by name. The food, most from their onsite organic garden, was delicious!! We wish we would have stayed longer, we didn’t even get to do everything we wanted to do in the area. We took advantage of all the complimentary hikes/ garden tours/ ... more etc. all the transportation guides we had were amazing as well. We learned so much on all our drives to different destinations and even 3 hours all the way back to BZE. We can’t wait to go back! Thanks GAIA!
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