Belize Family Travel
All-Inclusive Belize Family Vacations at Mariposa Jungle Lodge
Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a great place for family vacations with children who are adventuresome, well-traveled, comfortable with nature, and accustomed to an adult environment. It’s not for children of any age who will scream with fear at the sight of a spider or gecko. We do not have highchairs, cribs or other amenities for infants and toddlers. Mariposa Jungle Lodge is designed for adults and young people who are independent and self-sufficient.
We have hosted many families who have particularly enjoyed their Mariposa experience because we offer such a wide variety of things to do; there’s something for everyone.
If you have younger children, perhaps under nine, please consider carefully whether we’re the right place for you.
At the Lodge children can enjoy our pool and hammock palapa, nature trail, birdwatching tower, outside games, evening board games or videos and playing with Sika, Spencer & Daphne, the Lodge dogs.
Favorite excursions include:
- Caracol, where they can climb up Maya temples and learn how the ancient people lived
- Ziplining, where they can fly through and under the jungle canopy
- Village Culture Tour, where they can meet local kids and see how they live
- Cave Tubing and river tubing
- Jungle Horseback Riding
- Nearby Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to visit with thousands of butterflies and fabulous hummingbirds
- Caves and swimming in natural pools (see tours page)
- Belize Zoo
- Interacting with howler monkeys at the Burrell Boom Howler Monkey Sanctuary
Kids’ Adventure Club
To accommodate families with young children, Mariposa Jungle Lodge has designed and established a Youth Daycare Program called “Kid’s Adventure Club.” A qualified “Youth Guide” creates a flexible schedule of activities to occupy, educate and entertain young children throughout the day, while parents pursue adventures (like Actun Tunichil Muknal, or advanced caving) that are not yet appropriate for young people.
Activities include nature hikes along on-site trails to learn about indigenous trees and healing plants (at appropriate age-level of interest,) swimming, and water games, a visit to the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to learn about the life cycle of butterflies, a hike to the onsite Mariposa Bird Watch Tower to see tropical birds and nesting areas, lunch and snacks, optional board games, and a craft project relevant to the jungle experience. Older children may be taken to Bol’s Cave Museum, for a jungle hike and descent to a nearby cave that contains hundreds of Maya artifacts found on sites. The multi-chamber cave offers a safe junior “Indiana Jones” experience. All activities are subject to parental consent and authorization.
Children who love small animals are welcome to bathe the Lodge’s resident dogs. Each Youth Guide is an experienced child caregiver and licensed food handler who regularly works at Mariposa Jungle Lodge and is committed to the philosophy of personalized service to each guest.
Our family cabanãs offer king and queen bed or queen and two-bed combos for families up to 4. Larger families book a combo of 1 King Luxury Cabanã for the parents and a second family unit for the children.
Most of our Special Packages are put together specially for families to enjoy a fun yet affordable vacation at Mariposa Jungle Lodge. You will find reduced pricing for children sharing room with parents. One child under 10 per room stays free and reduced price meals.
Check out our Family Adventure Special.
We provide babysitting services for children too young to participate on trips.