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 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.
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.
Gladimir has been at Mariposa for the past 7 years and continues to be an asset to the company. He is a great multi-tasker starting up from assisting in the management of the resort, accounting and working with guest services up to trouble shooting internet and security system. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Belize and a Certificate in Tourism Hospitality Management. His leadership style has motivated the rest of the staff to work together as a team towards achieving the company’s objectives.
Norma is the Head Chef here at our Resort who is specialized in various culinary techniques which gives it a unique taste to our different specialties. She learned cooking at an early age which makes her an experienced Chef in the kitchen. She obtained a Certificate in Food Preparation from Cayo Center of Employment Training (CCET). Her priority is making individuals feel special through the taste of her meals either being appetizers, soups, Vegan dishes or Deserts. Norma is an active woman who is part of the San Antonio Women’s Group Cooperative in the village of San Antonio.
Rosa has been working at Mariposa Jungle Lodge for the past 5 years as a Housekeeping and Waitress. She enrolled for a course at Cayo CET and earned a Certificate in Tourism Hospitality Management. Rosa has unique talent of decorating Cabanas for Check-ins and honeymooners. When working in the dining, she will always make you feel at home through her smile and will ensure you have a memorable stay.
Josue is an expert in plants, botanical and does landscaping in order to keep our Resort at first sight. His love for plants started from since he was small up to signing up for a Horticulture Course and being the Head Guide at his previous workplace. He is eager about expanding his knowledge when it comes in the development and proper care of plants.
Leoncio is our in-house carpenter and furniture designer who has vast experience working with natural artifacts. With over 15 years working in the Carpentry field he has designed counter tops, wood surfaces, lamp stands, Mayan sculptures and different carvings. He continues to grow his range of creative skills by developing new projects for the attraction of our resort.
Luis is one of Mariposa’s first employees and continues working hard for the success of the company. He contributed in the development of the Resort setting and building our Luxury Cabanas, Restaurant and other attractions that we are pleased to offer. His main work area includes gardening, maintenance and makes sure everyone is safe. He can do anything from repairs to electrical and he’s also a Church Pastor.
Your Home Away From Home In The Heart Of The Belizean Rainforest.