Our lodges are located off the National Electrical Grid system and therefore we have to provide for the generation of our own electrical demand. Both operate on 110 volts supplied by a three-way system. Our system uses a combination and a battery bank unit in conjunction with a small generator that is turned on for approximately three hours in the early morning and in the evenings for about four hours. Both lodges operate with 100% SOLAR ENERGY. We are proud of our alternative “green” power source and we encourage guests to conserve power when- ever possible. We also encourage all guests to bring water bottles to refill.
We remain committed to remain in har- mony with nature in a sustainable and bal- anced way. We encourage the use of fans instead of Air Conditioning. Our Dormitory Accommodation at both lodges offer state
of the art green facility which features sep- arate male and female shared bath units. Additionally, the facility features Clivus Multrum composting toilets which are self contained, waterless and odourless. In addi- tion, the shared baths also use natural light- ing where possible. We also practice rain- water collection systems and promote gray water storage and recycle systems.
We also encourage guests to be a part of an opportunity for positive action by promoting our Yellow-Headed Parrot Programme which includes extra protection of nesting sites and public awareness programs.
The RBCMA is home to a wide cross section of biodiversity possibly not found as con- centrated anywhere else in the country of Belize. The uniqueness of this area serves as a model for other protected areas.
The La Milpa Lodge lies nestled deep in the forests of northwestern Belize. It is located only three miles from the third largest archaeological site in Belize. The La Milpa Archaeological Site is only one of at least sixty other archaeological sites found on the Rio Bravo. Serving as a base for two long-term archaeological projects, La Milpa has evolved as the center of archaeological research on the Rio Bravo. Guests visiting the La Milpa Lodge experience firsthand the rich history of the Maya Civilization.
Our Hill Bank site was established in 1995 and one of two stations located on the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA). But the history of this site goes way back to when the Hill Bank area was inhabited by the ancient Maya. Along the length of the New River Lagoon you will find evidence of Mayan habitation in the form of house mounds, and just 12 miles away we find the second largest Mayan Monument in Belize, Lamanai.
Today, Hill Bank is a working conservation field station, committed to managing the conservation of Belize’s natural heritage.
While some financing for projects such as those mentioned come through grant funding and donations, Programme for Belize is committed to the goal of earning sufficient supplementary revenue to support the expansion of its efforts to preserve and manage the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. Ecotourism is currently the most substantial source of self-generated income for Rio Bravo and is likely to remain so for several years.
With a vision to provide visitors with an enlightening yet low impact experience in the rainforest, Programme for Belize links environmental education with human-nature interaction. Every year international students visit Rio Bravo to participate in our Tropical Forest and Marine Ecology Programme, which offers an exceptional wildlife experience in forest and marine ecology education.
Belize is located on the East coast of Central America. Mexico borders Belize in the north and Guatemala borders Belize to the west and south. Belize is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the East.
Belize is 174 miles long and 68 miles wide. It is roughly about the size of the State of Massachusetts in the USA.
The Climate in Belize is Subtropical. The average temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit or (26 C) and the average humidity is 85%. There are two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season runs from June thru November, the same as hurricane season. The dry season runs from November thru May. The coolest months are November thru February coinciding with the passage of cold fronts from the North.
The Capital City is Belmopan City. Belize City is the main center of commerce and industry. There are seven major towns which are: Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, San Pedro Town, San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town, Benque Viejo Town, Dangriga Town and Punta Gorda Town. All other settlements are villages located around the country.
300,000 persons at recent national survey.
The following groups can be found in Belize: Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya (Kekchi, Mopan & Yucatec), Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese, East Indian.