Lower Dover Field Station and Jungle Lodge provides guests the most affordable option for experiencing “Real Belize…the Right Way”. For travelers looking for a total Mayan travel adventure in 2012, look no further. From Lower Dover it is possible to hit all the Maya hotspots (Xunantunich, ATM Cave, Caracol, and Tikal) in Western Belize. Plus, we are located on a newly identified, yet still un-excavated, major ceremonial Mayan city also named “Lower Dover”. Best yet, our bunk room is built into the side of a Mayan temple.
The bunk room is the most affordable room option for staying in Western Belize if you’re looking to be immersed in a jungle setting. You will experience nature first hand, while still having modern luxuries like a hot shower, electricity, wi-fi connectivity, and an interior bathroom with western style plumbing.
All of our recent bird photo stories: White Collard Seed-eater, Collard Aracari, Yellow Winged Tanager have been taken from right outside the bunkhouse. The birds literally come to you when you stay here. It’s lazy bird watching to some, but multitasking to others (for those who like to drink a Belikin beer at the same time).
Backpackers will also find our close proximity to the Western Highway ideal. We are located on a secluded and protected 100 acre section of jungle along the Belize River, at mile 59, only a 1/2 mile walk from the black and yellow Lower Dover Field Station sign, in the village of Unitedville. The bus fare from Belize City ranges between $3 to $4 USD, and takes about 2 hours, including local stops and a brief stop over in Belmopan. From San Ignacio the bus fare is only $1 USD. Lower Dover Jungle Lodge is also an ideal stop over on the route to Tikal from Caye Caulker or San Pedro. It’s takes about 4 hours to reach Flores or Tikal in Guatemala from Lower Dover by bus.
Lower Dover is also the last hotel to get picked up for ATM Cave tours (8:45 AM) versus leaving at 6AM from trips leaving the Mountain Pine Ridge or further west of San Ignacio. This also makes it the first stop on the way back, allowing for plenty of time before sundown to hike in jungle at Lower Dover and see the large unexcavated Maya site.
For only $15 USD a night, Belize travelers have the opportunity to see the very best Belize has to offer, with top-notch accessibility, for much less than anywhere else in the jungles of Belize. It makes it much cheaper to take the bus when traveling in Belize, and no other jungle hotel offers so much, so close to the highway.