Located on the banks of the New River Lagoon , the Hill Bank Field Station serves as a research base for sustainable forest management and specialized tourism, which incorporates research activities into the visitors’ forest experience.
Hill Bank, an important site in Belize’s colonial history, served as a center of intensive timber extraction for more than 150 years, commencing in the 17th century. The Hill Bank experience brings to life the architecture and artifacts of colonial land use, such as the quaint wooden buildings of logging camps, antique steam engines, and railroad tracks.
Explore the wilds of Hill Bank by canoeing, crocodile spotting, hiking nature trails, birding, and jungle trekking. The scenic boat ride, replete with wildlife sightings along the New River Lagoon, is a great experience in itself.
For accommodations, guests stay in Hill Bank’s Caza Balanza, which features 100 percent solar power, no-flush composting toilets, and a rainwater collection system with shared baths. Or choose a charming double cabana with private baths with verandas overlooking the New River Lagoon. Rates are the same as at La Milpa —about US$135 per person per night and include your room, three meals, and two guided tours on the property.
Contact Programme for Belize (1 Eyre St., Belize City, tel. 501/207-5616 or 501/227-1020, U.S. tel. 617/259-9500, www.pfbelize.org ) for details.