Exploring the placid reaches of the Rio Grande,
which winds through our reserve, is a high point of
any visit to Machaca Hill. From the shy fresh-water crocodiles to surprising
water-bird sightings, much
can be seen as you drift, in your canoe or kayak, beneath the overarching
canopy of jungle hardwoods
and palms. The character of the river shifts subtly, from shadowy and sheltered
upstream, to bright,
breezy and briny as you approach the Caribbean with its sand bars and sea
birds. An alternative for those
seeking a bit more excitement? Fly-fishing for the tarpon and snook which
congregate in the lower reaches
of the river at different times of the year. Bring your gear and prepare
to be challenged!
Guided Boat Adventures on the
Rio Grande and Moho rivers feature sightings of a wide variety of southern
Belize’s diverse flora and fauna, including Howler Monkeys, numerous
tropical birds, freshwater crocodiles, and green iguanas. The rivers,
creeks and mangrove lagoons surrounding Machaca Hill are the preferred
habitat for the shy West Indian Manatee. A second tour takes guests
to the nearby Sapodilla and Port of Honduras Marine Reserves and Payne’s
Creek National Park.
After Dark Rio Grande Cruises offer Machaca guests
an opportunity to head out with guides, utilizing red low-impact spotlights,
in search of the reserve’s nocturnal creatures. Each night it is possible
to spot a wide range of nocturnal animals along the way, and the tranquility
of nighttime on the river is simply mesmerizing.
Our rainforest reserve overlooks the Caribbean Ocean and is just a short
boat ride away. Many marine pursuits await your indulgence.
From day trips to our private Nicholas Caye, to the world-class wonders of
the Belize Barrier Reef,
second largest on the planet, there’s a different voice to the activities
available on the open waters just
off our shores.