Entrance to El Progresso Village
Calico Jack’s Village is located in the farming community of El Progresso/7 Mile, situated in the picturesque Cayo District, in central Belize, located between the Macal and Mopan Rivers. Cayo spans more than 2,000 square miles across diverse terrain, changing from lush river valleys and savannahs, to jungle hillsides and rugged mountain ridges.
Calico Jack’s Village is a rainforest preserve area of about 400 acres with flora and fauna representative of Belize. Magnificent Ceiba trees, called Yaxche by the ancient Maya, abound consistent with the caves and general Mayan flavour of the property. Yaxche or Tree of Life, represents the axis mundi, the stable world center or the bridge between heaven, earth, and the underworld as the Maya saw it. The roots of the Ceiba tree reach down into the caves systems and are also said to shelter bats, symbolic of the underworld. Yaxche, The Tree of life adorn the property.
To experience our area, you can hike, bike, canoe, travel by horseback, or tour in the comfort of an air-conditioned van. We can arrange your accommodations and onsite tours, as well as off site tours to the Mayan Temples of Caracol, Xunantunich, and Cahal Pech. Prepare yourself for the ultimate in an up close and personal experience you are unlikely to forget.
Calico Jack’s is located within driving distance of many of Belize’s popular natural land and sea vacation attractions. Our guests can enjoy multiple adventures: Caving, travel back in time and follow pathways used by the ancient Maya and discover lost underground worlds; tubing through Mayan caves and jungles; and bird watching, exploration of Mayan temples, a trip to Guatemala to explore Tikal, hiking, horse back riding or a day on a Mayan medicine trail.
We are accessible from Belize City by vehicle (2 to 2.5 hour drive) via the George Price Highway and also rugged roads that wind through the hills and local villages. There are two roads from the George Price Highway to Calico Jack’s. At the village of Georgeville, you can pick up the Chiquibul Road (known also locally as the Mt. Pine Ridge Road) from the George Price Highway traveling west and then south to Calico Jack’s.
Alternatively, you can continue on the George Price Highway and pick up the San Antonio Road through Cristo Rey and San Antonio and to a T junction (see photo below) where you would go to the left. Your choice of road will depend on weather conditions, other stops you would like to make on the way, and the type of vehicle you are driving.
Flights to Belize
International flights land at Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in Ladyville, north of Belize City. U.S. airlines serving this destination include American, Avianca Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines.
Flight times are 2 hours from Miami, 2.5 hours from Houston, 5 hours from New York, and 8 hours from San Francisco. From Europe, there are no direct flights, so a U.S. connection is required.
Transfer from Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) Flights to Cayo
From the International Airport, ground transfer to San Ignacio or the El Progresso is required to bring you to the Village. If you prefer, we will make arrangements to have you picked up at the International Airport and transport you to Calico Jack’s Village by vehicle. The transit time is approximately 2.0 to 2.5 hours.
Tropic Air offers flights from PGIA to Belmopan and San Ignacio. Calico Jack’s can provide transfers between these airstrips and our property.
While waiting at PGIA, stop in at Jet’s Bar and have a taste of your first Belikan Beer or one of the best rum punches you have tasted. Jet has been selling beverages and Belizean styled hot dogs to guests at the International Airport for more than 40 years. Tell him or his grandson, that Calico Jack’s sent you.