One of the most amazing things about staying with the Viva Belize Hotel Group is that they offer the opportunity to enjoy a huge variety of activities around each of their Belize resorts.
I cannot write enough of how much I love and enjoy the rainforest in Belize, doubtless to say, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is my favorite place to stay.
Apart from the activities outside the lodge that Viva Belize offers, you can enjoy amenities around the property that includes the Sibun River, orange plantations, hills, biking, hiking and many more… There are a lot of memories to make just a few steps away from your room.
Let me share my top 5 favorite adventures to do around Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge:
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Probably you will think that Stand Up Paddleboarding is only for the ocean but you cannot imagine how much you will enjoy it in a river surrounded by jungle! Just a few meters from the main building of the hotel, you will find the impressive Sibun River. The hotel provides you (absolutely free) some paddle boards to discover the river and its hidden secrets, like gigantic iguanas, majestic tropical trees almost above the river and if you are lucky you can see my favorite animal in Belize, the Tapir (National Animal of Belize)! We couldn’t believe when we had such a cool and unexpected visit!
One of the best ways to explore the surrounding areas of the hotel is on the mountain bike which is provided complimentary by Sleeping Giant Lodge. I recommend to go all the way to the river and look up to the gazebo at the top of the hill and admire the amazing valley. You will also see why the hotel is called Sleeping Giant, because the mountains are shaped like a sleeping person. If you cross the river you will enjoy a great ride through the orange plantations.
This tour is simply perfect! The entrance of the path to the top of the gazebo starts just a few meters away from the hotel. During the activity you will find yourself “lost” in the middle of the jungle but don’t be alarmed or scared. I made this hike twice and I always saw different animals, howler monkeys, frogs, toucans… You will never know what might come across your way! The views from the top of the Gazebo are indescribable, I could stay there for hours! Fresh air, light breeze and the rainforest under your feet!
Every morning you could arrange a Bird Watching Tour nearby the hotel. Early in the morning is the time when the birds are more active, so wake up ready and be astonished at the many special and different species of birds you will see around the lodge. I was amazed! Abel is a professional guide specialized in birds and with his help and those of some binoculars, you will discover a new world at the tree tops. Some of these birds include Orange Breasted Falcon, the Keel-billed Toucan (National Bird of Belize), Blue-crowned Mot-Mot, Violaceous Trogon, Grey-necked Wood-Rail, Collared Forest Falcon, different types of hummingbirds, and a lot of other exotic bird species.
This is another great way to discover the Sibun River! You can arrange a complete tour at the lodge with a guide to go further along the river, or be brave and take a kayak by yourself to enjoy the river. You just have to relax, paddle and delight yourself paddling, surrounded by the water and Rainforest!
All these activities are almost mandatory! You can’t miss the opportunity to explore them and discover all that the rainforest has to offer!