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One of the few places on earth where you can say "as far as the eye can see" without hyperbole, Machaca Hill defies you to spot anything but dense rain forest in any given direction. An 11,000-acre private reserve in the southern district of Toledo, this former fishing lodge recently reopened as a soft adventure resort with 12 wooden (mostly stilt-borne) rooms, where the average day goes like this: You wake up to the calls of the resident, name-affirming howler monkeys; watch the mistsand birdsrise from the forest canopy over breakfast; head down to the river and canoe or kayak while blue morpho butterflies flirt, kiskadees and toucans argue, and iguanas high-dive off tree branches into the lily-filled water below. After lunch, you head to the neighborhood Mayan ruins, whichthough admittedly not as majestic as Xunantunich and Caracolare beautifully intimate, crumbling, and on the verge of being reclaimed by the jungle.
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