According to Greek mythology,
the primordial goddess Gaia is the personification of Earth, often referred to
as Mother Earth or Mother Nature.
So it’s not all that surprising that a resort like Five Sisters,
which has always strived to remain as environmentally friendly and ecologically
conscious as possible, would be renamed as Gaia River Lodge when it came under
Daniel Lighter, owner of Matachica Resort & Spa on Ambergris
Caye, acquired Five Sisters Lodge & Tours in early 2012, and along with the
change in ownership came a change of name as well.
Located in the
heart of Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge, surrounded by jungle, mountains and pine
forests on the banks of the white-water Privassion River, Gaia River Lodge
offers a peaceful sanctuary from everyday life.
provide a dramatic backdrop to Mayan ruins, dense rainforest, stalactite
caverns and some of the most diverse wildlife on earth… not to mention the
series of spectacular waterfalls known collectively as the Five Sisters, from
which the resort derived its original name when it first opened in 1991.
The falls can be
readily accessed via Belize’s only hydro-powered rain forest tram, which
affords a unique view of the valley as you descend further down into the
rainforest. At the falls, you will also see a spectacular display of flowers
growing in the wild, including over 450 species of orchids, palmettos,
bromeliads and other exotic plants, not to mention all the different species of
birds and butterflies that flit along the rainforest trails.
And speaking of
trails, Gaia River offers specially guided tours of its very own medicinal
nature trail, where guests can view and learn about over 76 different species
of medicinal plants and trees. This is a particularly informative tour for
those interested in alternative medicine.
Guests at Gaia
River Lodge can also enjoy a wide range of off-site activities, including archaeological
tours of ancient Mayan sites such as Caracol, Xunantunich and Tikal, horseback
jungle treks, or exploring the wonders of the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave,
which National Geographic Magazinehas described as the most spectacular cave to be seen in this part of the
ziplining, tubing through the cave formations of the Caves Branch River,
birdwatching, hiking and rock climbing are also activities that are just steps
away from your door at Gaia River.
redesign of the property is currently underway, with plans to transform Gaia
River Lodge into an intimate rainforest retreat that reflects the unparalleled
standards of quality and service at its sister property, Matachica Resort & Spa.
however, the mountain lodge in Belize’s Cayo District continues to offer comfortable
accommodations ranging from standard and family-sized cabanas to riverside villas
and junior suites (as well as full restaurant and bar services, natural swimming
pools, and even its own wedding chapel, located on a beautiful river island
nicknamed “The Garden of Eden.”
And of course, the
highest standards of service and hospitality will continue to be a mainstay of
the resort under its new management team, which includes Nigel Richards, the
on-site manager, and Gricel Graniel, now the managing director at both Gaia
River and Matachica.