Calico Jack’s Village

Calico Jack’s Village (CJV) is a Belizean project committed to sustainable
tourism as well as community and personal development, and in particular, the development and empowerment of Belizeans. Calico Jack’s began as a project in early 2000 initially in Placencia, Belize led by financier Dr. Ydahlia Metzgen)(“Dr. Ydahlia”) and builder Mr. Chester Williams (Mr. Chet) and moved to Cayo in 2008. After more than 30 years of public service and public works, respectively,
Dr. Ydahlia and Mr. Chet decided to apply Dr. Ydahlia’s knowledge of economics and personal development with Mr. Chet’s construction expertise and creative energy to this project aimed at sustainable development and transformation in Belize.

Calico Jack’s offers overnight guests an authentic Belizean jungle retreat with the sights, sounds, and sensations of a tropical rainforest. The property spans more than 300 acres—home to stunning wildlife and vegetation. The Village delights guests with a creek, natural swimming hole and interesting trails for birding, hiking and horseback riding as well as other wonders of an authentic tropical paradise while providing access to modern amenities. The property also offers exciting zip line and other adventure tours to overnight and day visitors alike.

Calico Jack’s location also provides accessibility to the traditional life style of the small farming villages in the area, including the idyllic village of El Progresso (7Miles) with links to the ancient Maya, indigenous to Belize, Creoles, as well as most recently refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

CJV is best known for its first-class personalized, exhilarating and safe adventure tours, including zip line tours, rappelling, rope ladder challenge and a cablewalk available to both daytime explorers and overnight guests.

CJV’s location in the Mountain Pine Ridge region of central Belize provides ideal access to the magnificent ancient Mayan site of Caracol, Rio on the Pools,Rio Frio Cave, Big Rock Falls, Barton Creek Cave, ActunTunichil Mucknaland other area activities.

Guests highly praise CJV’s engaging staff and resort and restaurant services.CJV’s spacious 2 -3 bedroom/2 bathroom villas with kitchenettes provide comfortable and stylish lodging to the nature and retreat seekers as well as adventure lovers that visit us. In addition,CJV offers accommodations and meal packages for student, research or family groups for up to 21 guests that are also accommodated in our loft rooms.

Calico Jack’s elegant poolside-restaurant offers mouth-watering cuisine acclaimed by guests focused on Belizean and vegetarian specialties that showcase our eclectic and homegrown produce including super-fruit and herbs.

Calico Jack’s operations help to facilitate the financing of training and philanthropic activities for the village of El Progresso.

Dr. Ydahlia, Mr. Chet, Maria and the caretaker staff at Calico Jack’s Village are devoted to your comfort, safety, and pleasure, from the activities you wish to pursue to the food you eat.

Expect our help in mapping out activities onsite and to other areas. Expect our assistance in helping you to experience the awe of the abundant miracles of Mother Earth or participate in other reflective transformational activities in which we engage.Expect unpaved roads through Belizean local villages, tropical vegetation and wildlife, and opportunities to exchange stories with fellow adventurers and local residents.


Calico Jack’s Village resort is licensed by the Belize Tourism Board and is a member of Belize Chamber of Commerce, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association.


“If you want to relax, watch the clouds, just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really happens at Calico Jack’s…”