We are proud to have a fabulous staff team, many of whom have been with us from the beginning of the Mariposa Jungle Lodge creation.
Meet Agusto Ixtecoc
Agusto was the first employee at Mariposa Jungle Lodge. Miraculously, this gem of a find lived within five minutes walking distance to our site and was able to serve us as Foreman/Caretaker and Site Manager from the beginning of our Belize adventure.
Agusto Ixtecoc is a graduate of Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo and the Center for Employment Training Licensing Program for Tour Guides in San Ignacio. Agusto and his wife, Elizabeth, have six beautiful children: Calvin, Anthony, Abner, Judith, Alysa and Adriel. Elizabeth is part of our Village Culture Tour team and is recognized especially for her delicious bean dip.
Meet Damian Ixtecoc
Damian was our second employee, is also a graduate of the Center for Employment Training Licensing Program for Tour Guides. He and his wife, Olmi, have two beautiful children: Wilton and Daisy. Olmi is also part of our Village Culture Tour team. Her specialty for our guests is demonstrating and teaching the art of making flour tortillas. Wilton has been a key member of our team of servers in offering our Gourmet Jungle Barbeque and Poolside Pibil Maya Feast from boyhood to teens.
Agusto and Damian, Belizeans of Mayan and Guatemalan ancestry, grew up in the nearby village of El Progresso, popularly known as Seven Miles, just two miles from the site of Mariposa Jungle Lodge, until their family moved to the nearby junction with San Antonio Road. In other words, they grew up in this jungle area and know it intimately.
As licensed tour guides, their special expertise is our local jungle, the Mountain Pine Ridge area, birding, and the awesome Maya history and culture of Caracol, Cahal Pech and Xunantunich. In 2010, they were among a privileged group who attended an anthropology course at Galen University, “Maya Culture and Archaeology of Belize,” taught by the esteemed Dr. Jaime Awe, formerly Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology in the National Institute of Culture and History.Along with Nelmarie, they have also pursued special training in birding and plant identifcation to supplement their extensive knowledge of the jungle and nearby pine ridge Eco-systems.
Agusto and Damian are sincere, dependable men who thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share their culture and natural environment with guests. They consistently earn and receive excellent evaluations. We are very proud and fortunate to have Agusto and Damian on our team.
Meet Luis Barrientos
Luis was the third member of the Mariposa team, bringing us a keen sense of jungle flora and years of landscaping experience. Along with Agusto, Damian and later employees, Luis has always made a significant contribution to site improvement, as well as building and roof thatching.