The Resort, Lodge & Amenities
Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a boutique eco-resort that offers luxury thatched cabanas,(see “Our Cabanas”) a restaurant, bar, and onsite tour operation. Relax at our pool and poolside hammock palapa with service from our Blue Morpho Cantina, enjoy the private jungle view hammock in your individual luxury cabana, or experience some of our exhaustive range of Belize tours and excursions.
The Main Lodge Building
The Main Lodge Building contains our restaurant, bar, library/lounge, gift shop and Hummingbird Haven. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in and around the building, along with a computer for guest use. Our main building contains our restaurant, main bar, and lounge. We invite you here for your Belize Complimentary Welcome Drink.
A visit to Mariposa Jungle Lodge includes fine-quality meals, featuring the best available local ingredients and a focus on Belizean and Mayan specialties. We offer a Full Breakfast and Four-Course Dinner but guests may request a three-course theme dinner or order from a limited a la carte menu. Lunch and snacks are always available to our guests.
Our unique signature offering is a Gourmet Jungle Barbeque, served on our bird watch tower under the stars. Our chef also offers pibil, a Mayan specialty made with either pork or chicken. When weather permits we serve “Pibil by Poolside," where our guests can enjoy the pleasant jungle outdoors on the pool deck.
For typical culinary offerings, see Typical Dinner Menu Selections
We offer a full bar in the Lodge with a variety of popular imported liquors and liqueurs, as well as Belizean brands of rum and brandy. We proudly offer Belikin Beer & Stout, unofficially the national drinks of Belize.
Imported red, white and sparkling wines are offered based on local availability.
Mariposa Jungle Library/Lounge
The Mariposa Jungle Library and Lounge is a spacious room designed for comfort and relaxation. Our guests can enjoy comfortable seating with feet up on the table, visit, read, watch a video, play a game, or update their Facebook status and check email. The Library offers hundreds of books. The double entry doors to the Lounge are solid mahogany carved with a jungle motif by local artist, Henry Aguirre. The walls and shelves are decorated with art and memorabilia from the owners’ international travels, offering many conversation stimuli to visitors. The Lounge is air-conditioned in anticipation of the rare times when it is uncomfortably warm in the Lodge.
Mariposa Jungle Gift Shop
The Mariposa Jungle Lodge gift shop concentrates on offering the arts and crafts of local Belizeans, ranging from mahogany wood carvings to original paintings to slate carvings from the artisans of nearby SakTunich. It also features baskets and earrings made of Jippy Jappa by Belizean Mayans who are perpetuating the traditional art of their people.
We carry a selection of Belize souvenirs and selected textile and woven items from nearby Guatemala, the original home of many of the Maya and Mestizos in our immediate area.
Hummingbird Haven is a separate screened-in room to the rear of the Lodge that looks out onto the area of jungle in which we’ve hung several hummingbird feeders to attract the amazing and beautiful creatures. Hummingbirds drink twice their weight in nectar each day to sustain their nearly perpetual movement. Guests can watch their magical behavior from Hummingbird Haven by hammock or couch, or sit outside in the adjacent garden area. So far we’ve identified seven species, namely, the Wedge-Tailed Saberwing, White-Necked Jacobin, Green-Breasted Mango, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Long-Billed Hermit. We expect the group to expand with time.
We are pleased to offer complimentary Wi-Fi in and around the Lodge. It extends to the pool area and nearest park area. We hope to extend the service to the cabañas in the near future.
Around the Resort
Our el-shaped pool is enhanced by a Belizean slate waterfall designed and built by Damian Ixtecoc, one of our key long-term staff and licensed tour guides. The pool, with depth ranging from 4’ to 5’, features built-in bar stools and ledges for reading and relaxation.
The Blue Morpho Cantina
The Blue Morpho Cantina is our poolside palapa bar. Our guests can enjoy tropical cocktails and other beverage service in and around the pool.
The Hammock Palapa
The Hammock Palapa features three double-sized hammocks for individual or joint use. Guests enjoy the gentle sway of the hammock and shade afforded by the cohune palm roof. Whether in the pool or in a hammock, guests need only lift a hand to beckon a Mariposa staff member for service.
- Gourmet Barbeques
- Maya Pibil Feast
- Annual New Year’s Eve Party – It is now Mariposa tradition to prepare a superb dinner, engage the services of a local DJ, and host a party with dancing and surprise activities at the poolside palapas. The only rule at Midnight: Please remove shoe before jumping into the pool.
- Wedding & Special Occasion Receptions – We can comfortably host a sit-down dinner for 80 on and around the pool deck and under the palapas, leaving the adjacent dance floor free for action.
Mariposa Orchid Garden
The Mariposa Orchid Garden is a labor of love conceived by a friend and occasional employee with expertise in landscaping and jungle flora and fauna. He erected a bamboo frame on which he placed species of Belize orchids that bloom at different times of the year. Guests are offered a technical map and welcome to visit the Orchid Garden and learn more about these exquisite miniature flowers. The Mariposa Jungle Lodge site is naturally blessed with a generous collection of Black Orchids, the National Flower of Belize. These are among the numerous epiphytes (air plants) that miraculously appear on tree trunks, branches, dead stumps, and other plants and accentuate the complexity of jungle nature. Beautiful Black Orchid plants can be found in the center of the main parking area and in front of the cabaña surprisingly named “Orchid.”
Mariposa Nature Trail
The Mariposa Nature Trail was identified and created by the original Mariposa outdoor staff. Numerous Belize trees and medicinal plants are identified along the route. Mariposa offers morning Nature Trail guided tours by appointment, so guests can learn more about the wonders of jungle nature. A leisurely hike of the Mariposa Nature Trail takes about 45 minutes and leads the hiker to the main path to the Mariposa Birdwatching Tower or back to the Lodge and Cabañas.
For guests who prefer to explore independently, a Resort Map is provided at check-in.
Mariposa Jungle Birdwatching Tower
A ten minute jungle hike along a groomed path leads to our Jungle Birdwatching Tower. This sturdy structure is about 20 feet above the jungle ground, 16 square foot deck with 3’ tall guardrails, and comfortably allows as many as 16 people to sit comfortably. Its primary purpose was to afford a 360 degree view of an area replete with different trees, density, nests, and birdlife. But soon after its completion, we conceived our unique notion of offering a Gourmet Jungle BBQ on the tower under stars. The event is scheduled when requested by at least 8 guests and weather cooperates.