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Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

Mile 8, Pine Ridge Road, Belize
+501 834-4017
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Ranked #8 of 36 attractions in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Green Hills Butterfly Ranch is the place to go to enjoy Belize butterflies and learn about them in the process. Green Hills literally has thousands of... more » Owner description: Green Hills Butterfly Ranch is the place to go to enjoy Belize butterflies and learn about them in the process. Green Hills literally has thousands of live butterflies on display in a 4,000 square feet walk-in flight area. The guided tour in the butterfly flight area and the Blue Morpho Breeding Center takes about an hour. The facilities are surrounded by a botanical garden with more than 150 labeled plants, shrubs and trees. These gardens are home to dozens of hummingbirds, and the average visitor can easily see eight or even more species while visiting the Butterfly Ranch. Green Hills is worth a stop on your way to or from other popular destinations such as the Mountain Pine Ridge, Barton Creek, Caracol or the nearby villages of San Antonio and El Progresso. We open at 7 am and close at 4 pm. Late tours are welcome but only after reservation. « less
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This property provides an excellent up-close view of some of Belize's most important inhabitants, the lowly butterfly. The ranch is helping to protect and study thousands of butterflies in a natural environment, so your entry fees also go to support a very important environmental project. You will not see more butterflies anywhere else in Belize, perhaps the world.

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The property is elegant serene. The plant garden is well-maintained while feeling natural. The butterfly house is fabulous, Hundreds (maybe 1000s) of all sizes, shapes,colors. Owners were personable, friendly, genuine.

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Montreal, Canada
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168 reviews 168 reviews
27 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

It's cheating, but nature photographers seeking close-up shots of Belizean butterflies should consider a visit here. In particular, the beautiful morpho butterflies are exceedingly difficult to photograph in the wild since they fly quickly and cover long distances, and even when they do perch they keep their wings folded behind their backs, displaying only their cryptic brown undersides rather than... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We learned so much about the life-cycle of butterflies and our wonderful guide showed us butterflies in every life-cycle stage. Magnificent butterflies to see and have land on you!

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SLC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is an interesting attraction. The owners have chickens, guiney fowl and roosters in pens and loose. The butterfly house has 14 types of butterflies, all very interesting. They show you the life of the butterfly and how they raise them. There are also many types of hummingbirds that you can watch closely. You should know that the toilet facilities... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

A very interesting stop, albeit a bit of a rough drive getting there. We were there when the butterflies were very active, which is normally earlier in the day. You get to walk through their enclosure, and have them land on you. Afterward, there is a short lesson on how they are raised. As a bonus, there were lots of... More

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Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We really enjoyed the tour and explanation of the work done here. We went on a nice day. Word is the butterflies are not active if it's raining. The hummingbirds were an unexpected bonus. It's a long way from San Ignacio but combine that with a horseback ride at MET or check at Moonracer Lodge for info about another great... More

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Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stopped here as a stop before an MET horseride. $40 for about 20 minutes. Saw just as many beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds across the road at MET. I would give it a rating of 3; my family suggested a 4.

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Cancun
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118 reviews 118 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This place with its owners-operators-tour guides are worth every dollar spent. You will experience close contact with over 16 species of butterflies and leave the place very well educated on the matter. Also the hummingbirds are amazing. Congratulations!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

My husband and I stopped by the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch on our honeymoon and really enjoyed it. The green house is busting with beautiful butterflies and flowers! The guide will take you into the greenhouse and then answer any questions you may have about the butterflies as you explore. There are a wide variety of specific and there is... More

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