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The Virgin Rainforest that surrounds us is breathtaking!The kitchen is stocked with all you need to cook awesoem meals, we can even provide organic food packages or meals! (NO FRIDGE, a/c etc)
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The Etho-House: Off Grid Experience

The Etho-House: Off Grid Experience

6 guests
1 bedroom
6 beds
1.5 baths
6 guests
1 bedroom
6 beds
1.5 baths

If you are looking for an affordable way to experience the Virgin Rainforest & natural beauty of Belize this is the place! A Basic Kitchen, Low-Voltage Solar Electricity, & Flushing Toilet ensure basic comfort while stepping off the beaten track!

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Pool
Essentials
Shampoo

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 4 single beds
Common spaces
2 floor mattresses, 2 hammocks

House Rules

Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

10 Reviews

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Lakiesha User Profile
Lakiesha
August 2016
The host canceled this reservation 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Hailey User Profile
Hailey
January 2016
The directions to the place were pretty accurate. We rented a 4wd Jeep Patriot from crystal auto rental and it performed just fine to get us out there. When we arrived, things were exactly as described and the pictures show. The property was well maintained, clean, and had more t…

Sheri User Profile
Sheri
December 2015
If you are looking for a true jungle experience, the Etho House is it! Andrea and Forest were very gracious hosts and increased our jungle knowledge with facts and interesting stories of their own life experiences living off the grid for 15 years. Andrea prepared wonderful meals…

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Dieneke
July 2015
The family was very nice and hospitable. We definitely recommend having a large four wheel drive and they mean what they say when it comes to OFF THE GRID experience! We have done a lot of camping and it felt more like staying in a camping shelter than a house.
Forest & Andrea Joy User Profile
Response from Forest & Andrea Joy:
Thanks Stephen!!! You guys were awesome guests! We would love to have you back anytime!
July 2015

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Pascale
July 2015
Really off the grid! If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life then this is a great place to go. Loved swimming in the pond, relaxing, unwinding and literally doing nothing. I loved it. Advice: Don't try and drive in late at night at least the first…
Forest & Andrea Joy User Profile
Response from Forest & Andrea Joy:
Thanks Pascale! We really enjoyed these guysm even though we only caught a few chats with eachother! They seem like intelligent busy people who relished in the low tech break of belize! Left the place practically spotless! Even stripped the sheets! What an awesome house guest! Come ba k anytime you need to stop and smell the 'frangipannis' again!
July 2015

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Alex & Jeff
April 2014
Guests should take caution before signing up to stay here. We were a group of 5 adults with our own car. The host provided us with very dubious instructions to get to her home, including landmarks such as a "pile of rocks" to mark turns. It took us several hours to find the hous…
Forest & Andrea Joy User Profile
Response from Forest & Andrea Joy:
I am proud to say my only poor review as a host comes from guests who never met me!!!! Unfortunately I never got the chance to meet Alex and Jeff! As they showed up about 9 pm and left before I was able to meet them (our house is a 2 minute walk from the ETHO-House and I heard them honk upon arrival as I was outside in the pasture feeding a bottle lamb and walked down immediately after this.) They did honk but it must have been moments before they left as they were gone in the 5 minutes it took me to go inside and put away the lambs bottle and walk down the hill. Then wrote a very rude email explaining that they had a hard time finding the house and got some flat tires on the road and chose to leave after finding the accommodation because no one was there immediately to greet them at 9 pm, and the lights of the house were off (we have renewable energy systems and thus I turned the lights on at dark and off again at 8:00 when I was sure they must have had a cancelled flight and would surely arrive the next evening!) Alex felt this was all my fault and they deserved full refund. I replied very politely explaining that while I was very sorry they had a frustrating journey to find us neither the flat tires of their failure to show up at any normal hour (who checks in at 9pm!!!!) were my fault and that I had the accommodation ready and waiting for them, it was unlocked, all they needed to do was to go inside, and that further more I had two separate inquires for that same time slot they paid for and reserved and had to turn them down and one of them was for an entire week so I would have turned over almost twice the profit. I hoped they might understand this but instead they wrote this nasty review. I believe they made the irresponsible decision to try to find their accommodations after dark, since there are no road signs of street lights this was poor planning. It gets dark about 6 pm here and our home is about a 45 minute drive form the main highway. THere are only two turns, two turns ONLY so even if they had missed the first turn (over the bridge) there is only about 2 minutes more of road to go on before it end abruptly at a neighboring farm, and again, if they had missed the second turn, the parking lot for the ATM cave is only a bout 5 minutes past that, where the road also ends, so how on earth it could have taken them several hours to find us in beyond me, but even if it did take them 2 hours... that STILL means they left after dark to find us... poor choice. I believe they actually decided they did not want to stay in a remote ''isolated' location as they mentioned in the review and that they would have been better off in town not in a PRISTINE REMOTE LOCATION, OFF THE BEATEN PATH which is exactly what this listing describes!) Other accommodations in locations like ours cost hundreds of dollars a night, we are offerring a very affodable stay in a pristine Rainforest location!
April 2014

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Brion
April 2014
Andrea was great--she was very responsive and picked us up from the airport, which was convenient and easy. She even had cold beers waiting for us! The house was as described, off the grid and in a beautiful natural setting. Her family was wonderful, helping to prepare meals …
Forest & Andrea Joy User Profile
Response from Forest & Andrea Joy:
Thanks Brion & Mattie! Glad you had a great time! We look forward to a longer visit one day!! :)
April 2014

Hosted by Forest & Andrea Joy

Belmopan, BelizeJoined in February 2013
Forest & Andrea Joy User Profile
15 Reviews
We have lived in Belize for almost fifteen years now and are raising our six children here in the Rainforest on our Permaculture Farm @ The STAND Center. We are committed to the growing of our own foods and over 95% of our diet is grown processed and prepared directly from our ga…
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Location
AguaViva, Cayo, Belize

We must emphasize this is in a pristine remote location! It is not the place to go if you like hustle and bustle and a lot of night life. However, if a quiet place to retire to after a day of touring …

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A lot of 'jungle lodges' are actually right on the main roads! We are not! You will need a 4wd vehicle to get to our location! There is no bus service to our location. That is the beauty of our spot!!…

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