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Hidden Valley Inn - Belmopan, Belize

The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is the largest and oldest of Belizean parklands. The red earth and sandy terrain, Caribbean pines, granite outcroppings, tumbling waterfalls, huge limestone caves, and rolling open savanna grasslands, bordered by lush tropical rainforest, make the Reserve unique in Central America.

Hidden Valley's two diverse ecosystems are divided by a huge geological fault line, which marks the edge of a towering 1000 Foot escarpment. Tropical broadleaf jungle covers one third of the property; the remainder consists predominantly of indigenous pine and oak savanna; ravine flora and palm swamp. Both areas are populated with over 70 species of colorful and delicate orchids and bromeliads. On the Hidden Valley property there are also cultivated areas of Arabica coffee trees, banana and plantain trees, macadamia trees, cacao trees, guava, and citrus.

Belize is truly a birders paradise. The Mountain Pine Ridge/Caracol area is home to many rare species and is considered one of the top birding spots in the country. Even the un-initiated will marvel at the colourful array of tropical birds. Green Jays, Blue-Crowned Mot-Mot, Golden Hooded Tanager, Humminbirds, Keel-Billed Toucan and Crested Guan are just a few of the flamboyant species you may encounter in the area.

Highlights for birders from all over the world include King Vulture, Stygian Owl, and Grace’s Warbler. The jungle around the Mayan Site of Caracol provides regular views of the exquisite Keel Billed Motmot.

The cliffs on the Hidden Valley property are one of the very few nesting sites for the endangered Orange Breasted Falcon. The Peregrine Fund www.peregrinefund.org was granted permission to take a female chick back to Panama where they have started a breeding program in an effort to save the species from extinction. Two male chicks have been successfully released on the property to date.

Exclusive to Hidden Valley Inn guests are over 90 miles of well marked and maintained hiking and biking trails. Hikes range from the short 45 minute Mot-mot Trail to all day excursions of varying difficulty.

The use of full suspension, 21 speed mountain bikes is included in your stay. An extensive road system and pick up or drop off service also provides 4 wheel drive access to the farthest corners of the property.

Whilst all our trails are clearly marked and easily negotiable independently, an on-site guide is available for early morning or late afternoon hikes and night walks. Birders will benefit from his extensive knowledge of local birds, their habitat and calls. General interest topics include natural history, the indigenous fauna and flora and their medicinal uses. On a night walk, learn how to spot spiders and experience the magic of the jungle at night, in the hope of spotting some of the elusive nocturnal wildlife.

Property Description

Hidden Valley Inn is an upscale eco resort located on 7200 acres of private reserve in the Maya Mountains of Western Belize. Guests enjoy exclusive access to 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as many secluded pools and waterfalls set in tropical rainforest.

For those seeking romance, Secret Pools and Falls or Orchid Falls may be reserved for the day with lunch set out next to the pool below the falls. This is included in the honeymoon package.

The Inn also serves as a convenient base for visiting the various scenic attractions of the area : Canoe trips and horseback riding through the jungle are a peaceful way to experience the indigenous flora and fauna, mystical caves can be explored on foot, by canoe or tube whilst ancient Mayan cities and modern day rural villages provide a glimpse of past and present cultures.

Hidden Valley Inn is comprised of a central Lodge surrounded by only 12 cottages guaranteeing outstanding personalized service and privacy.

The cozy rooms with ceiling fans and screened windows all feature en suite bathrooms providing plentiful hot water. Brick fireplaces, handcrafted mahogany furnishings and elegant décor in earthy tones reflect the warm intimacy of the Inn.

The Main House is the heart of the Inn. It has been converted from the original homestead and reflects the graciousness of a high-country lodge with its vaulted ceilings, exotic tropical cypress paneled walls and four fireplaces. Our guests enjoy meeting new friends in the relaxed, house party atmosphere. The three lounges and bar provide ample area to gather before dinner with a cocktail and share information with one another on the adventures of the day, or to settle quietly in a comfortable chair in one of the lounges to read.

The swimming pool and hot tub are the perfect place to soak away the stress of urban life or enjoy a frozen margarita at sunset.

A fusion of local and international ingredients lends a truly original flavor to our cuisine. Breakfast starts with our own Hidden Valley Inn Coffee, which is grown and roasted on the property and freshly squeezed juices. A choice of home-baked breads and pastries and an assortment of fresh fruits and cereals are on the buffet, followed by a full hot breakfast.

In the evening, the dining room is set with white linen, fresh flowers and candlelight to create an elegant and intimate atmosphere. The menu changes daily and offers a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts incorporating both local and international dishes. Signature fare includes Caribbean Snapper baked in Banana Leaves with a Banana Salsa., Coconut Beef Curry and Lime Mint Pork Tenderloin with a Pineapple Relish. Vegetarians are catered for with a variety of tasty treats such as Lentil and Eggplant Bake, Nutty Vegetable Stir Fry and Penne with a Tomato Zucchini Cream Sauce. Tempting desserts such as Key Lime Pie, Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Eclairs and Sticky Toffee Pudding finish off the meal accompanied by a selection of teas and Hidden Valley Coffee. When the weather is fine we also offer outdoor dining on the pool terrace. The service by attentive staff is unforgettable.

For those needing to stay in touch, a satellite connection provides high speed internet access. Wireless internet is available at no cost in the main house.

The rooms are tastefully appointed with Mahogony furnishings and topped with ceiling fans. Each room has its own brick fireplace to ward away the winter nigh-time chill.

Amenities

There is an outdoor pool and jacuzzi available for use for the guests.
Special Bird watching tours and night hikes can be organized from the Inn.

Ceiling Fans: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Pool: Yes
Wedding Services: Yes

Services/Activities

We have a tour desk and offer trips to all the major attractions of the area. These include Caracol, Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves, Barton Creek Cave canoeing, Horseback riding in the jungle, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River canoeing, Birdwatching, Cave tubing and visiting the other numerous Mayan sites in the area.

Restaurant

On site restaurant and bar.

Rates/Information

180 to 200 US dollars per room
Child Rates: Under 12 free in parents room
Type Payments Accepted: visa/mastercard
Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 10:00

Hidden Valley Inn
PO Box 170
Belmopan
Belize
Central America
Tel.: 501-822-3320, toll free 1-866-443-3364 (from USA)
Fax.: 501-822-3334
reservations@hiddenvalleyinn.com
http://www.hiddenvalleyinn.com



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