La Milpa Lodge and Research Center

Welcome to La Milpa Lodge! La Milpa is nestled deep in the forests of northwestern Belize and is known for the third largest archaeological site in Belize which is located three miles away from the Lodge. 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 Archaeological Site has evolved as the center of archaeological research. Guests visiting the La Milpa Lodge experience firsthand the rich history of the Maya Civilization and in 1996, the site received international recognition when a royal Maya tomb was found and a male skeleton adorned with a jeweled necklace was unearthed on its grounds.  The La Milpa site is only one of 60 Mayan sites found in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area.

Guests can choose between our private thatched- roof cabanas with private baths or a comfortable and tastefully decorated dormitory featuring state-of-the-art ‘green’ technology with shared baths. Hiking nature trails, jungle trekking and birding are the order of the day at La Milpa. Spend a day in the nearby Mestizo and Mennonite villages for a taste of Belizean culture. Tour breathtaking and majestic ancient Maya sites. Avid birders can compile a list of more than 150 species during a three day trip to our La Milpa venue.

There are 8 cabana rooms which can sleep a total of 16 based on double occupancy.  All cabana rooms carry an additional loft area which can accommodate a 3rd person.  The dorm has a total of 6 rooms each capable of sleeping 5 persons.


We hope your stay here is enjoyable and informative and that you experience the uniqueness of the tropical forest with its abundant flora, fauna, and Mayan cultural heritage.  Your comfort begins with your choice of accommodations at our site.

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Our resident naturalist guides are experts at identifying wildlife and plants and discussing environmental topics, the Maya civilization, and history of Belize among others. Also, you are invited to learn about and participate in the conservation work that Programme for Belize does in and around the RBCMA. 

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Other Services

Fresh coffee and tea are available daily in the dining room in our ‘Coffee Center’. All our meals are served buffet style in the dining hall and are tastefully prepared by our experienced kitchen staff. Guests are free to enjoy their meals in the comforts of the screened dining area.

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Effective July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
(Rates are quoted in US dollars and are per person per night. They also include both hotel tax – 9% and general sales tax – 12.5%. Government Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice and we are not responsible for these changes.)

Dorm Accommodation

Single Occupancy


Double Occupancy


Cabana Accommodation

Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4

Single Occupancy


Double Occupancy


All meals $65.00. Email us directly for current tour and transfer rates.

La Milpa Maya Site

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Belize was known to be occupied by the ancient Mayas as evidenced by the Mayan temples across the country and the RBCMA is no exception.

How to get there

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Take the Northern Highway to Orange Walk Town. In Orange Walk Town, take a left at the Fire station and head towards the village of Yo Creek.


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Itineraries include; Sample Small Groups or Individual Itineraries, Sample Family Itinerary, Winging It in Belize and much more.

Student Programme

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Arrival and pickup at International Airport in Belize City.  Three hour bus ride to La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center.  Welcome and settling into living quarters.

FAQ's & Travel Tips

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Quick Questions for Small Group/Tour Leaders

1. How many persons do you intend to bring in your group?
2. How many males and females are in the group?
3. What is the approximate age range within the group?
4. Do the group members know each other?
5.Do any of the group members have special dietary or other specific requirements?
6.Is your visit to the La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center or Hill Bank Field Station part of a longer tour of Belize or the region? If so please describe.
7.Is the purpose of the visit:

  • primarily recreational
  • recreational with opportunities to learn about rainforest issues.
  • educational with recreational opportunities
  • other – (please explain in the space below)

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