Our Team

Meet Your Hosts - La Familia Juarez

What is it about the Belize Rainforest Retreat that people find so attractive? Our staff.

There are a number of special people in the world for whom living and working in the Belizean rainforest is home. Being surrounded by nature, connecting with people from all walks of life, a passion for the environment and a sensitivity to the land, its animals and the communities who live in it, are all common attributes in these individuals. At the Belize Rainforest Retreat, we are thrilled to work with such people.

One thing everyone seems to agree upon is how much they enjoy the conversation, cooking and company of our staff – the Belize Rainforest Retreat's manager and his family.

Not that it surprises us. Docio and Francelia Juarez have been the heart and soul of the Belize Rainforest Retreat since its inception some 23 years ago, and when son Ariel joined the team eleven years ago, the family circle was complete.

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Meet the Team

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Docio Juarez


Docio keeps the camp and surroundings immaculate

Francelia Juarez

Head Cook

The person behind your delicious Belizean breakfast & dinner

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Ariel Juarez


Ariel makes sure that everything is in place for a great stay

Our Founders

The Belize Rainforest Retreat reflects the passion Mick and Lucy Fleming have for introducing visitors to the natural beauty that first attracted them to Chaa Creek back in 1977 when, as two young adventurers, they discovered the little bit of paradise that was to become their home.

Living on the banks of the Macal River, with no electricity or access in and out other than the river and a dirt track, the young couple found themselves becoming more in tune with the surrounding jungle and its many wildlife inhabitants.

Today, the Macal River Camp gives visitors the rare opportunity to enjoy the jungle as people have done for millennia…from the ancient Maya who lived here for centuries, to the early explorers, chicleros, settlers and, more recently, an adventurous young couple who pursued a dream … and invite you to share it today.

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