Turkey are plentiful
Orange Walk, the journey to Gallon Jug takes about three
hours, allowing plenty of time to look out for wildlife
along the way. Due to its remote location, and the
elimination of hunting, regular animal sightings can be
expected. From La Milpa Field Station to Gallon Jug,
there is an incredible abundance of birds. The toucan,
Belize's national bird, is particularly plentiful.
On this drive, it is impossible not to stop to watch or
take pictures. It is smart to keep the camera handy,
because you never know what you're going to see.
plentiful are Chachalaca and Aracari Toucanets, among other
smaller birds more difficult to recognize without binoculars
and a bird book. Closer to the Gallon Jug area, there
are many Wild Turkeys along the road. There are also
common sightings of the jaguar, as well as troops of howler
and spider monkeys.
expected deer sighting
entering the vicinity of Gallon Jug, which is private property,
visitors must pass a barrier gate, and report to the caretaker.
Chan Chich Lodge is located near Gallon Jug, and
is the only lodge in the area. Since this is
private property, everyone entering must be prepared to
state their purpose of visit. It is almost certain
that each visitor will see deer and wild turkey driving
toward Chan Chich. The grassy greens on both sides
of the road are also a perfect playground for the white-tailed
and Bracket deer.
entire area that is now Rio Bravo and Gallon Jug was once
logging territory. The area of Gallon Jug was once
owned by Belize Estate & Produce Company, a logging
operation. Up until the mid 1960's, these areas were
selectively logged for hardwood trees, primarily mahogany
and cedar. Logs were transported via railroad to
Hillbank Lagoon, 45 miles away. From Hillbank, the
logs were floated to Belize City via the New River Lagoon
and Orange Walk. They were then shipped to England
from Belize City, or used locally.
can be seen from the road
years of operation, several factors caused Belize Estates
to close down their Gallon Jug operation. In 1984,
Belizean businessman Barry Bowen purchased the company,
which came along with over 750,000 acres of land (approximately
1/6 of the country). After subdividing the property,
some 137,000 acres were retained, upon which sit the current
operations at Gallon Jug and Chan Chich Lodge. Gallon
Jug is now the site for experimental farming practices,
including corn, soybean, sugar cane, coffee and cacao.
Apart from the amazing
diversity of wildlife in the area, ancient and mostly undiscovered
Mayan sites also dot the property. Ten miles of well-marked
nature trails have been created to allow guests uninhibited
exploration of these sites and the awesome beauty and wildlife