Full-Service Belize Boutique Jungle Resort in the Heart of Maya Country
Check out our accommodation, pool, restaurant, cantina, palapa bar, bird tower and Main Lodge.
Mariposa Jungle Lodge is an intimate boutique-style resort offering “Adventure by Day and Comfort by Night” with a great location close to over 20 Amazing Attractions from Mayan Caves and City Ruins to high adventure zip lines or mountain biking to natural beauty so profound it may take your breath away. We are an authentic Belize eco-resort carved gently into rainforest in the very heart of Maya country.
5 Reasons to Choose Mariposa Jungle Lodge
- Authentic eco-resort that blends into the natural rainforest location in the Maya Mountains of western Cayo, Belize (one of the country’s top tourism destinations).
- Personal service that responds to your unique needs and interests in Belize. We strive always for hospitality excellence.
- Emphasis on celebrating the fascinating Maya culture and historic treasures found all around us. We help you experience and learn to your heart’s desire.
- The comfort and convenience of our individual cabañas with modern amenities, the Mariposa Main Lodge, refreshing pool, Palapa Bar and personalized service will delight you. Free in-room WiFi keeps you connected to the world while you escape from it.
- Location. Location. Location. Mariposa is close to so much of what makes Cayo, Belize an amazing place to take an adventure vacation enhanced by aspects of Maya culture. You get to see more and drive around less.
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Mariposa’s full-service restaurant and bars cater to your desire for fine-quality meals prepared by our Chef, using fresh, local ingredients offering the tastes of Belizean, Mayan and Caribbean cuisines. Two fully stocked bars serve your favorite cocktails, wine and beer. You’ll love our daily Happy Hour Specials or, when possible, Happy Hour with the Butterflies at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.
Mariposa Main Lodge
The Main Lodge Building contains our full-service restaurant and fully stocked bar, extensive travel library and air-conditioned lounge, game room, gift shop and Hummingbird Haven. All of the furniture was built on-site by our talented staff including tables, chairs, cabinets, and bar. Walls are adorned with paintings and carvings by local artists. Guests like to gather here after dark and first thing in the morning before the day’s adventure.
Our 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.
Mariposa Nature Trails
Mariposa Nature Trails were 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. 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 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.”
Our Freshwater Pool
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. Our nearby Blue Morpho Cantina provides poolside snack and full bar service. Our hammock palapa offers comfortable respite from the sun.
Poolside Fun Events
We love to make night time special with poolside events now and then. Here is a short list of some of our recent poolside happenings:
» Gourmet Barbeques
» Maya Pibil Feast
» Annual New Year’s Eve Party – It’s Mariposa tradition to prepare a superb dinner, engage a local DJ, and host a party with dancing and surprise activities. Our only rule at Midnight: Please remove shoes before jumping into the pool!
» Wedding & Special Occasion Receptions – We can comfortably host a sit-down dinner for up to 80 on and around the pool deck and under the palapas, leaving the adjacent dance floor free for action
Our Full-Service Cayo Tour Company
Whether exploring the remains of the great Mayan Culture at superb Maya ruins, swimming in a natural waterfall pool, shopping at a local market, cooking with local Belizeans, listening to birds singing, horseback riding under the jungle canopy, river or cave tubing, canoeing in search of iguanas and tropical birds or ziplining under and over the dense jungle canopy, we want you to have a diverse and wonderful adventure.
We offer the widest variety of Belize tours that you’ll find in the Cayo District of Belize. Learn more about our full-service tours available to Mariposa guests.
True Belizean Eco-Resort
Mariposa Jungle Lodge is committed to providing a great Belize jungle adventure for our guests in a safe, comfortable and environmentally-friendly manner, conserving our natural resources and operating with Eco-tourism principles in mind. As a Belize Eco-resort, we follow practices that assist in the preservation of the ancient rainforest and protection of the bio-diversity of our earth. We also contribute to our local population and protect and preserve our magnificent natural surroundings. Learn more about our eco-resort practices.
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. A favorite place to wind down after a day of fun and adventure.
Mariposa Bird Watching 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 with 16 square foot deck and 3’ tall guardrails. Structure allows as many as 16 people to sit comfortably taking in nature at its finest. Dedicated twitchers (birdwatchers) love the full 360 degree view with different trees, density, nests, and birdlife. We sometimes schedule Gourmet Jungle BBQ dinners on the tower under the stars. We need at least 8 guests and cooperative weather.
Mariposa Jungle Gift Shop
The Mariposa Jungle Lodge gift shop concentrates on offering the arts and crafts of local Belizeans, ranging from wood carvings made from exquisite, colorful Belizean hardwoods, original paintings to slate carvings from the artisans of nearby SakTunich. It also features baskets, placemats, 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 screened-in room at 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. Guests can watch their magical behavior 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.