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By Kelly Gibbons, Features Editor

Just west of the beautiful waters of Belize, head into the jungle to find the Gaïa Riverlodge which provides the perfect base from which to explore Belize’s natural wonders.With magical views of the falls and the surrounding jungle forest reserve, the lodge provides you with the perfect environment to sit back and relax to the sound of cascading water.GAIA_RIVERLODGE_BELIZEPerched on the edge of a valley overlooking the Five Sisters waterfalls, this astounding lodge offers a choice of 16 beautiful private cabanas ranging in size and location. They contain the most incredible designs: Belizean hardwood, traditional bay leaf thatched roofs, and varnished mahogany interiors. And if that isn’t enough already, each cabana features panoramic windows or a private veranda with a hammock, ceiling fans, a bathroom decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles, beds with pillow top mattresses, and Matouk and Frette linen. GAIA_RIVERLODGE_BELIZE_2The treetops are full with a vast amount of birds, and bird watchers can often be seen spotting out the many species that live among this diverse habitat. Along the trails, you can also witness a spectacular array of over 450 species of orchids, and other exotic plants while butterflies dance around. The restaurant and lounge offer spectacular views, featuring an expansive veranda that wraps around the building. For those who enjoy watching the morning sunrise or sipping on cocktails before dinner, this is the perfect spot!  GAIA_RIVERLODGE_BELIZE_3For those adventurers out there, you may enjoy a visit to the Mayan ruins, zip lining the evergreen treetops, exploring the mystical caves of Belize, horseback riding on wilderness trails, and boating along the local rivers. For those who just want to kick back and relax, you can swim in the clear waters of the river just inches from your cabana, or relax in the sun on our tiny river-island retreat. And after a day of adventure, relax in a romantic atmosphere in a lamp-lit dining room and enjoy delicious local Belizean dishes and international cuisine prepared using organic produce from the garden. You can also enjoy other locally grown fruits and vegetables, and seafood from the nearby Caribbean Sea. There is a diverse breakfast options of which include, Continental, American, Belizean and Mayan. The lunch menu on the other hand offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, as well as local Belizean fajitas and enchiladas.

Photo credits: Gaia Riverlodge