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Parrot Nest Lodge

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The Parrot Nest Lodge consists of several huts with thatched roofs that sit on 12 foot stilts amongst huge guanacaste trees in a 5 acre tropical plant just outside of San Ignacio in Belize. The lodge has one en-suite room and the rest share the ground floor open-air bathrooms that are very clean, but often house surprise insect visitors that you might not want to see in the shower. In fact the lodge, which is on the banks of the Mopan River, is surrounded by wildlife, especially parrots (hence the name) and over a hundred other types of birds. If bird-watching is not for you, you can also expect to see Coatis, agoutis, otters and giant iguanas and all number of aquatic life as you take a cool dip in the clear waters of the river. Tours can also be arranged with the hotel to explore the local surroundings. Despite all the wildlife surrounding the hotel, it’s probably in your room where you will get the most up close and personal with the insects of the jungle. The hotel claims that mosquitoes are not a problem, but judging from the mosquito nets and the sliding screen doors in the laundry-fresh smelling rooms, you should definitely come prepared with insect repellent, and some ear plugs for the dawn chorus.

Written by  Alessia Horwich.

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