Lower Dover Private Protected Area
Lower Dover has a well established series of nature trails for our guest’s convenience and pleasure. We have nearly 2 miles of well maintained jungle trails that provide easy access to the Belize River and our “rock beach”, Big Barton Creek and our “sand beach”, and Little Barton Creek’s natural swimming pools. Don’t forget your camera! Guests have seen tapirs, howler monkeys, peccary, river otters, porcupines, toucans, parrots, and other native and migratory birds that call Lower Dover home, It’s a real jungle adventure!
Our bird watching trail follows the cascading waterfalls of Little Barton Creek. Once a year, a regular nesting pair of toucans can been seen in a large Bullet Tree that hugs the banks of the creek. For birding enthusiasts, Collard Aracaris, Yellow Headed Parrots, flocks of Green Parakeets, as well as the very photogenic inspiration to our logo, the Kis-ka-dee, are morning and afternoon regulars found in the 20 different mature fruit trees at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge.[pullquote align="left" cite="" link="" color="green" class="" size=""]The jungle was so thick we didn’t even know how big some of the ruins were and we have lived here for 25 years![/pullquote]
Our Mayan Ruin trail intersects the 15+ plazas and multiple unexcavated structures overlooking the Belize River on the site named “Lower Dover”. The tallest of these structures is 36 feet, and many others are over 25 feet. The site is believed to be a royal ceremonial center, where nobility conducted and regulated trade along the Belize River valley. It is a major discovery and more will be officially announced as concrete information becomes available during further dig seasons. The site is adjacent from the much studied housing settlement of Barton Ramie on the opposite side of the Belize River. The jungle was so thick we didn’t even know how big some of the ruins were and we have lived here for 25 years! so it is very understandable why Harvard archaeologists Gordon Willey did not find the site during the 1950’s when he was digging nearby.
Further work by Gifford and Garber need to be completely reexamined in light of the recent discoveries at Lower Dover Field Station.
Our medicinal plant trail identifies over 100 different trees, vines, and ferns that have been used since Mayan times for traditional holistic uses. It is amazing to learn about where the many synthetic drugs we regularly take are derived. It is even more amazing to learn about the story of a former employee’s cervical cancer battle and her recovery following a treatment with a plant found growing on the many Cahoon Palm trees at Lower Dover and throughout Belize. Further fun facts about the Belize’s past in the rubber and chicle industry are sure to fascinate. The 80 jungle acres of untouched jungle are a site to see and we are happy to protect its pristine state for future generations to enjoy!
For reservations, book directly on the accommodations tab.
Lower Dover Field Station LTD
Madeline or Bill Reynolds
011-501-834-4200 or 011-501-666-1756
Our SKYPE identification is: LowerDoverBelize
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