We are honoured to introduce ourselves as new owners of Mariposa Jungle Lodge! We are father and daughter Paul & Aline of Montreal, Canada and we have been in the hospitality industry in Belize for the last 13 years. We are very passionate about the history, culture, people, music and food of the country and we love sharing space with people from all over the world!
Prior to Mariposa, we owned and operated Wild Orchid in Placencia, but something was missing… Both my father and I wanted to do more than host people. We wanted to help people. We immediately fell in love with the vibrancy and energy of Mariposa. With its kind and attentive staff, luxury cabanas, and Chef Norma’s healing and replenishing culinary creations, we instantly knew this was the perfect place for us (and others) to live, love, learn, grow and heal.
We are deeply committed to sharing our values of love, acceptance, peace, and compassion in all aspects of our resort, and are well on our way to becoming a leader in sustainable tourism. We are dedicated to protecting our environment, and helping people find optimal health with the benefits of yoga, meditation, rest, and entirely plant-based wholesome foods.
The practice of Yoga has transformed our lives. We wish to share this practice and our little piece of paradise so that others can have transformative experiences as well. We just built a breathtaking yoga deck under the lush jungle canopy, as well as a newly expanded spa for our world-class Mayan massages. We are opening our doors to yoga teachers, leaders in health and fitness, and other conscious groups who would like to host retreats, seminars, and events at our beautiful resort.
In furtherance to growing our health and wellness offerings, we are transforming Mariposa Jungle Lodge into a fully vegan, smoke-free, alcohol-free resort, focusing on life-changing retreats and getaways. Our amazing chef is expanding her menu, adding new specialty dishes, and a variety of juices and smoothies that will satisfy all food-lovers, vegans and vegan-curious alike.
Paradise exists – the only thing missing from here is you!
Clara has been involved in the Hotel and Tourism Industry at different levels during the last 18 years, has completed a Tour Guide Training Course and a degree in Tourism Management. She has a passion for Caving, archaeology, and Scuba Diving that has taken her to many unique places throughout Belize. From diving The Great Blue Hole to exploring the underworld caves, her spirit of adventure has no limit. She has instilled a strong sense of conservation in her life and a commitment to the protection of the environment.
Freddy has had 5 years experience mixing a variety of concoctions including the ones he creates and serves at Mariposa Jungle Lodges Vegan Smoothie Station. Freddy has lived in western Belize all of his life and loves talking with guests from all over the world to learn of their culture, life and experiences.
Jim & Sharyn Brinker, retired American expatriates who first visited Belize as tourists, selected a day-long horseback ride excursion through the jungle. During the experience, they saw no one other than the small group of six riders, no sign of development other than the dirt road used as an alternative route for firefighting. They were awestruck by the natural beauty and peace. The sound of silence was interrupted only by the singing of numerous tropical birds. A single Blue Morpho butterfly (a mariposa in Spanish) appeared out of no where and they knew they had found a home for their dream. They fell in love with the area and bought the site of the future Mariposa Jungle Lodge several days later. Then they fulfilled a fantasy over the next decade by creating an intimate lodge that offers ambiance, amenities, and service.