Machaca Hill Lodge, Belize

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Machaca Hill Lodge is in southern Belize, in the Toledo district. It is renowned for having one of the healthiest permit fisheries in the world. In addition to excellent flats fishing for permit, Machaca Hill also is proud to say it is one of the few places were an angler has the possibility of catching a grand slam: (permit, tarpon and bonefish) all in a single day. In addition to the excellent fishing, Machaca Hill has luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, and a number of non-fishing activities available. "Outpost International" is the owner and it has completely renovated the lodge in 2008 - 2009. The 12,000 acres upon which it is set is classified as a private reserve to ensure that native Belizean flora and fauna is virtually undisturbed. The reserve surrounding the lodge also creates a unique feeling privacy.


Machaca Hill Lodge is located about 100 miles South of Belize City. It is on the plateau summit of "Machaca Hill" overlooking the Rio Grande, rainforest, and Caribbean Sea. A private tram takes guests from the riverside deck to the lodge compound 400 feet above the Rio Grande. You will be transported through the rain forest with the canopy above. On the way, you may see tropical birds such as toucans or parrots as well as a resident troop of howler monkeys! Machaca Hill is composed of the main lodge building, including the dining area, gift shop, lounge areas, concierge, and observation decks. There are 12 private luxury suites, which have been meticulously designed to maximize privacy and comfort while keeping an intimate connection to the rainforest. Each suite boasts comfortable beds, a sitting area, and  screened verandahs with incredible views, vaulted beam ceilings, terra cotta floors, and locally made furnishings produced from local woods . The  spa-style bathrooms also with an unobstructed view of the jungle complete the suite. There is also a waterside dining area and Maya Bar near the riverside. This lodge provides gourmet meals that are aesthetically pleasing as well as delicious. The daily cuisine is based on produce grown on the property and fresh ingredients from local markets combined to create a beautiful combination of nutritious ingredients. The menu is a combination of Local and continental cuisine. There are also over 80 distinct wines from some of the finest vineyards around the world and a collection of choice Cuban cigars that you may opt to enjoy..


Machaca Hill has a long history as a fishing lodge and is known for having one of the healthiest permit fisheries in the world. In addition to excellent flats fishing for permit, Machaca Hill is also one of the few places were a grand slam (catching a permit, tarpon and bonefish) in a single day is a real possibility  It is also known as one of the most diverse angling destinations because of its proximity to the famous fishing grounds of Punta Ycacos, Wild Cane Cayes, Snake Caye, Punta Negra. There are hundreds of tiny islands and numerous freshwater lagoons and rivers including the Rio Grande, Golden Stream, Deep River, and Moho. It is a diverse angling destination, but  probably best known for world class permit fishing.  Permit are plentiful. The barrier reef flats and the Sapodilla Cayes are an 1 1/2 hour skiff ride away and offer excellent shots at bonefish. In the adjacent rivers, including the Monkey River, Boden Creek, Moho river etc., the Temash and the Sarstoon you will find tarpon and snook. Fresh water land-locked tarpon and bay snook are found in the inner lagoons of the Ycacos near Punta Negra. Whether Fly or Spin fishing is your game, the availability of permit, seasonal tarpon, snook and bonefish make Southern Belize one of few locations in the world that offers a legitimate GRAND SLAM opportunity all 12 months of the year. In addition to the big-four, Machaca Hill Lodge offers opportunities for several additional saltwater species including barracuda, jack crevelle, and snapper.

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In addition to phenomenal angling, birding and wildlife tours are available.  There are also jungle excursions, caving adventures, night time jungle hikes and drives, river tours, nighttime river cruises, snorkeling, diving, yoga, spa treatments, and explorations to learn about the Mayan culture. There is also canoeing and kayaking.

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