This review is late, but as they always say, better late than never, right? We traveled to Belize last year (May 2012), where we decided to spend the first five days of our trip in San Pedro and then the last five days of our trip in San Ignacio.
We were picked up at the water boat taxi stand, where we then were taken to our first excursions on our way to Mariposa Jungle Lodge. Our excursions were booked by Mariposa. We went cave tubing and ziplining. Both were great fun.
Just an FYI, if you get carsickness easily, this isn't the place for you. The ride up to Mariposa is long and bumpy.
We arrived back at Mariposa to check in and were showed our casita. It was beautiful and big enough for four people (two couples). Be warned (we knew this, but I wouldn't want anyone to be surprised) the casita was not air conditioned. If you get hot easily, be sure to request a few fans like we did. They gladly brought some up to our room.
We chose to have our meals included (breakfast and dinner) (alcoholic drinks are extra). We did not get a package that included lunch. We did decide one day to order lunch, and I will admit, I found the offerings to be a bit sparse. I would recommend if you're not getting lunch in your package to buy some snacks from the main city or bring some with you from the US, as there aren't any restaurants (well none that we could see) near Mariposa.
We found Clara and Nelmarie to be wonderful hostesses! Both always had a smile on their faces and were more than happy to help with any questions we may had over the course of our stay.
The food was good. We do have to admit that the portions weren't huge (for some dishes) and we were always a bit timid to speak up to ask for seconds. We did find that when we did ask for more, they were more than happy to get us additional helpings. We especially liked the night that we had dinner outside by the pool. It was just lovely. The best meal had to have been the chicken, rice, and pineapple dish, inside a pineapple!
We also did a few more excursions: ATM and Caracol, Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, and the butterfly happy hour. These were our two favorite excursions. Our guides for both tours were amazing. All our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. All of these excursions require a lot of physical activity.
The butterfly happy hour was fun, but you will have to pay for this "excursion".
The casitas are secluded and we couldn't hear the other guests in their casitas, which was nice.
We also learned how to make fresh tortillas with the cooks at Mariposa. This was wonderful! Nelmarie even provided us with the recipe for the tortillas for us to take home. The tortillas were wonderful!
All in all we had a wonderful trip to Mariposa. I would recommend others to stay here.
Pros: Clara and Nelmarie were fabulous! They always provided service with a smile. The grounds at Mariposa are beautiful!
Cons: Food portions weren't huge, but you can ask for seconds.
Tips: If you go on the ATM excursion, women be sure to wear a shirt that covers your shoulders. Also, everyone should wear socks and water shoes (there's a part of the tour that requires you to take your shoes off, but have socks on). If you're hungry, ask for more food. Bring lots of bugspray if you don't like bugs! Check your shoes for scorpions before putting them on.
- Also Known As:
- Mariposa Jungle Hotel
- Mariposa Jungle Hotel San Ignacio
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique eco-resort, nestled under the dense jungle canopy of San Antonio, Belize, offers six thatch-roof luxury cabanas, mosquito-netted canopy beds, private screened porches with hammocks, and comfortable sitting areas for relaxation. Enjoy international cuisine, full bar and dancing in the main building, or the library with an eclectic book collection, games, and array of international art and memorabilia. The Lodge is well-located for tours to all regional Mayan archaeological sites, waterfalls, caves, and rivers. ... more less
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