Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge (formerly El Pescador Punta Gorda) is a remote and unique eco-tour and fishing lodge in southern Belize. Machaca Hill has deep roots as a fishing lodge, set in some of the most fertile permit fishing grounds anywhere in the world and employs award-winning guides. In addition to the excellent fishing, Machaca Hill has added luxury accommodations, gourmet food, and a number of non-fishing activities

Southern Belize, particularly the Toledo district where Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge is located, is renowned 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 every

day. Snook are also available in good numbers from November through March. Machaca Hill is also know as one of the most diverse angling destinations due to its proximity to the famous fishing grounds of Punta Ycacos, Wild Cane Cayes, Snake Caye, Punta Negra, hundreds of tiny islands and numerous freshwater lagoons and rivers including the Rio Grand, Golden Stream, Deep River, and Moho.

Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge and the 12,000 acres of rainforest
surrounding the lodge was purchased by the US based company "Outpost International" in 2005 and completely revonvated in 2008 - 2009. The 12,000 acres has been classified as a private reserve to ensure that native Belizean flora and fauna that makes this remote and virtually undisturbed wilderness area such an interesting and beautiful place to visit. The reserve surrounding the lodge also creates a unique feeling privacy.
Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge is situated at the plateau summit of "Machaca Hill" over looking the Rio Grand, the rainforest, and the Caribbean Sea. There is a private tram to take guests from the riverside deck (which includes the waterside dining area and Maya Bar) to the lodge compound 400 feet above the Rio Grand. Machaca Hill consists of the main lodge building, which includes the dining area, gift shop, lounging areas, concierge area, and observation decks and 12 private luxury suites, which have been carefully designed to maximize privacy and an intimate connection to the rainforest. Each suite has screen in verandahs with incredible views, vaulted beam ceilings, terra cotta floors, bench made furnishings produces from local wood, and spa style bathrooms that give an unobstructed view of the jungle.

Machaca Hill also provides gourmet meals. In the words of 5-star Executive Chef Ken Gundu, the meals at Machaca Hill "make a statement and please both the eye and the palate." The daily cuisine is based around produce grown on the property and fresh ingredients from the local markets combined to create a creative combination of nutritious ingredients and a close connection to the earth. There are also over 80 distinct wines from some of the finest vineyards around the world and a collection of choice Cuban cigars.

Machaca Hill manager, Brian Gardner, has more than 20 years of Eco-Luxury hospitality experience and has a creates a unique array of non-fishing programs and activities, and well-trained guides
focused on a providing a high level of personalized service. Other activities at Machaca Hill include birding and wildlife tours, jungle excursions, caving adventures, night time jungle hikes and drives, river tours, nighttime river cruises, snorkeling, diving, yoga, spa treatments, and explorations of the Mayan culture.


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Machaca Hill 2012 Rates

May 1 - December 17, 2012

(rates are per person, subject to change)

Package Length

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

7-nights/6-days fishing



4-nights/3-days fishing




January 5th - April 30th, 2012
(rates are subject to change)

Package Length

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

7-nights/6-days fishing



4-nights/3-days fishing



Included in the package cost are: number of days guided fishing; number of nights lodging; 3 meals per day and after fishing hors d'oeuvres; laundry service; use of all amenities (pool, internet, tram, canoes, bikes, etc); transfers from/to Punta Gorda Airstrip; taxes / fees.

Not included in the above rate are: Air transportation to and from Belize City; Roundtrip air Belize City / Punta Gorda ($280 pp, rate subject to change); rental tackle; beverages; gratuities; additional tours/sightseeing days. Additional expenses such as transfers, hotels, meals incurred due to delays or other unforeseen events. Other expenses might include tips to baggage handlers at Belize International Airport, $1 (US) per bag is adequate and the Belize Departure Tax.


800- 628-1447 / 860- 434-9624
Fax 860-434-8605
PO Box 872, Old Lyme, CT 06371


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