Conde Nast Traveler Readers tab Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn as Top Ten Resorts

Posted 11-04-09 at 12:55 PM

The 2009 Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards have been announced and Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn were both named among the Top Ten Resorts in Central & South America.

From the Condé Nast website: "The big news is that, undaunted by tough times, our readers are still way out in front, discovering the coolest experiences, electing the top performers for every kind of service—and reaffrming an enduring passion for travel. Look no further for the most stimulating global stimulus package you could hope for.

Every year since 1988, a select sample of Condé Nast Traveler readers have taken the Readers' Choice Survey. In 2009, the questionnaire was available to all readers through a secure Web site. The final tabulations of 25,008 responses were done by Mediamark Research, Inc., of New York City."

For the complete list of winners, and more information visit


Experience Pacbitun Maya site in 2010

Posted 10-12-09 at 12:49 PM

Blancaneaux Lodge will be offering a Maya archaeology workshop in June 2010 where guests will combine participation at the Pacbitun Maya site field school along with a series of field trips and seminars on Caracol, Cahal Pech, El Pilar and Xunantunich led by Terry Powis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Kennesaw State University.

More details on this exciting opportunity coming soon.

View Images from the Summer 2009 Field SchoolArchaeologists Dr. Terry Powis (left), Tiffany Streit (center), Gregory Hansen (right) sieve dirt through a screen looking for Mayan artifacts from the site of Pacbitun. Archaeologists digging into an early Maya building at Pacbitun. The building was constructed during the Middle Preclassic Period, dating to 900-600 BC. The focus of the investigations was on the daily life of the earliest inhabitants in the Belize River Valley. Photo of Structures 1, 4, and 5 at the ancient Maya site of Pacbitun. These are the largest temples at the site, measuring 12 meters in height.


Big Cat 'Grand Slam'

Posted 10-02-09 at 12:46 PM

For the last several months our 10 infrared, motion sensitive cameras have been busy recording base line information on Felidae within a five-mile radius of Blancaneaux Lodge. The study area covers pine ridge, the broad-leaf/pine ridge transition zone and the moist tropical broadleaf forest (jungle) of Noj Kax Meen Elijio Panti National Park.

The data gathered by Blancaneaux Lodge will supplement the Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot density research data gathered by Dr. Marcella Kelly of Virginia Tech who in turn contributes to the WCS Jaguar Conservation Program for the Americas.

We were incredibly excited at the end of March when our cameras captured not one, but two margay’s on film. Then at mid-afternoon on the 22nd of April we completed the Felidae ‘Grand Slam’ when a jaguarundi tripped a camera along one of our trails. Read More