Black Rock Lodge
At Black Rock Lodge [www.blackrocklodge.com], an eco-resort in the Cayo District of Belize, guides lead two-hour, after-dark hikes in search of creatures that only come out at night. Armed with a spotlight—plus years of local knowledge from growing up in the jungle—guides lead guests along the banks of the rushing Macal River and into a surrounding jungle wilderness. Common sights include howler monkeys and snakes, tarantulas, tapirs, and leaf-cutter ants tromping in long lines. Jaguars also roam the jungle, an elusive night target whose potential presence keeps hikers always on edge.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.