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“A true Belizeian Jungle Lodge experience, with personal friendly service, and terrific guides.” 5 of 5 stars
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Mariposa Jungle Lodge
San Antonio Road, San Antonio, Belize   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Calgary
1 review
“A true Belizeian Jungle Lodge experience, with personal friendly service, and terrific guides.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We feel very lucky to have found the Mariposa Jungle Lodge, which was our base camp for experiencing the myriad outdoor adventures and Mayan ruins accessible in the Cayo area. Our luck started with findiing it at all, given that it is an intimate and isolated jungle lodge, with a total of six individual cabanas, and perfectly located for us near the entrance to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Our luck continued when we found the highest level of personal service from the moment we sent an e-mail enquiry, through our adventures with their guide Damian, our time in the main lodge including the terrific meals and service from Nelmarie, right through to the moment we left with a friendly farewell at the lodge doors with the proprietress and new friend, Sharyn Brinker.

Our recommendation - go. Don't miss out on experiencing this part of Belize, and do it while perfectly located for adventure with Mariposa's small staff of committed caring hostess, guides, and lodge servers. The cabanas exceeded our expectations, with each being spacious, exotic, thach-roofed, high-end, and fully serviced private suites - with king size canopy bed, sitting area, bathroom, and sunroom with hammock surrounded by the jungle and nature. Even if you have the usual Belize beach holiday planned, take a couple days to experience somethiing different, you will be amazed at how much adventure you can fit in and how enjoyable your time will be at the jungle lodge with such friendly personal service, relaxed setting and comfortable cabanas.

To provide more detail, we planned this trip as a side trip from a beach holiday on the Placencia peninsula. Our main destination was the major Mayan arcaelogical site at Caracol. The Mariposa Jungle Lodge is in the perfect location to experience all of the adventure accessible in and through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve - including nature and bird watching, exploring caves, visiting and swimming in waterfalls, enjoying forests and central american jungle, and of course seeing Mayan archaelogical sites including Caracol. Make no mistake about the experience you are setting out on. This is no resort town. It is isolated, away from San Ignatio and night life, and with some rough roads thrown in. But that is why it should be part of your Belize experience.

Mariposa has two brothers as their private guides. Damian was our guide for several adventures and always providing personal services to just our group (4 travelling companions), not in big groups. We explored and climbed through Caracol (a Mayan site which had 35,000 buildings including many recovered and significant pyramids, the tallest of which is still the tallest building in Belize), walked through the Rio Frio Cave, canoed into the Barton Creek Cave, visited the Green Hills Butterfly Farm, viewed the Rio On Pools waterfall, hiked to and swam in the scenic Big Rock Falls, travelled through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. And we experienced them all with the friendly and knowledgeable guiding by Damian who provided insight into the sites through his training and knowledge of the area and of Mayan culture and history. Mariposa provided the picnic lunches and snacks, and their private guide provided terrific value for unforgettable exeriences. All of our adventures were outstanding and memorable, and Caracol is amazing and worth the trip. At each days end Sharyn personally welcomed us back to the bar and restaurant in the Lodge where we shared our adventures and learned more about the area. After theme night dinners, we also visited in the sitting rooms in the lodge, sharing drinks and travel stories with Sharyn and each other. And at days end we enjoyed the very comfortable quiet cabanas, with the restful sounds and scents of the Belizean jungle. It was definitely a worthwile travel experience.

I can confirm that we recommend this location, and can assure you that we are doing that with the full intent of staying at Mariposa again ourselves for our continuing adventures in Cayo.

Bryan & Pat, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

My daughter and I stayed at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge a few days ago. It was an unforgetably wonderful experience! Upon arriving we were greeted by Sharyn (the owner/mgr) who made us feel so welcome. We were showed to our forest retreat that couldn't have been more exceptional. It was like a little private cabin in the woods and everywhere you looked was nature. The design and ambience were perfect for the jungle setting. Thatched roof, porch with a hammoc, large clean bathroom where even the tiny details were not overlooked (Q-tips, shampoo, fluffy towels, etc.). We were given a guided tour of the jungle property by an extremely knowledgable guide who pointed out and gave us tons of information on many many of the trees and wildlife of the area. The food was superior. If you love nature you can not find a better place to stay!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

The Mariposa Jungle Lodge was a very friendly and beautiful place to stay. The staff were knowledgeable on their topics - such as the Caracol Tour, a must do. The caving trip to ATM was clearly the highlight of the trip. Any reasonably active individual would enjoy this experience. The cabanas are comfortable and clean with needed hammocks to relax in after a day's adventures. The Lodge also has a bird tower - a nice place to go in the morning and see a toucan or a parrot before your delicious breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

The Mariposa Jungle Lodge was a real treat for our family and a great way to experience the Cayo District in Belize. Sharyn and her staff were fantastic - from the service and meals to the excursions organized by the lodge - everything was top notch. The thatch-roofed cabanas were beautiful, well-appointed, clean and comfortable. The lodge is located in a jungle setting with plenty of opportunities to view the wildlife and tropical vegetation. I can't say enough about the sightseeing excursions to Caracol and ATM. Our Mayan guides, Agusto and Damian, were so informative and enthusiastic about their jobs, it really added to the experience. However, the best was the Village Culture Tour where we were able to meet a family and learn about their daily lives. We enjoyed a traditional meal with tortillas we made ourselves! Be prepared, paved roads are the exception, not the rule, but we wouldn't have missed a mile of it!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

The road to all the hotels in the area are down not well marked and very bumpy gravel roads so we were thinking we might have made a mistake in choosing to stay in the Jungle. When we finally made it there we were pleasantly surprised. Our rooms were wonderful and the owner is very friendly. We did the BBQ on the birdwatching tower and really enjoyed the food and the company. We were able to choose our meals so we all were happy with those. We had already book a tour at Jaguar Paw and it ended up taking 1 1/2 hours to get there. I would recommend asking Sharyn what they have along their road because they have Zipling and Tubing and Caves and Ruins so you don't have to go back to other roads. They are alot further then they look on a map. We took one of Sharyn's guides with us to the Cave, Caracol, and waterfalls and found him to be very knowledgable and very friendly. Sharyn is very good at recommending things in the area because she has done most of them. We were very happy with the rooms (finally a hot shower that stays hot), the use of her umbrellas at the ruins were a life saver, and the stories while we were bellied up to the bar.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

Every minute of our time was enjoyable. Sharyn, the owner, provided an informative, and friendly guide for us to visit extraordinary Carocal and swim in beautiful pools beneath a waterfall. The Mariposa property is beautiful with a trail through the jungle and a three-story bird watching tower; cabanas are comfortable and beautifully furnished. Meals were delicious, prepared by Nelmarie, a local woman whose father lead us on a tour of a cave filled with Mayan relics. As we left, Sharyn encouraged us to try a nearby zip line which was another great recommendation. We were delighted with our stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

Stayed at Mariposa when other last minute choices were sold out. Boy, I'm so glad we did. I can't imagine a better place to spend a few days while exploring the Mayan ruins and other attractions in the Cayo district. Mariposa's host and proprietor, Sharyn, is an American ex-pat with a fascinating previous life. She was a hoot, and her personal involvement added immeasurably to the experience (just make sure you are on her side in any games of trivial pursuit). As others have commented, the rest of her local team was charming, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. They genuinely seem to like both their jobs and working there. Damian was such a great guide and driver, and something of a renaissance man. Take the hike through the grounds with him and you'll come away immeasurably more appreciative of life in the jungle. Nelmarie, Sharyn's assistant manager, could not have been more friendly and competent.

My friends and I found the scale of the place just right for this kind of experience. There are 6 huts set in a nicely landscaped area with thatched roofs, four poster beds that were very comfortable, a great bathroom (loved the shower), and a small separate room with screens and a hammock to feel even closer to the jungle. No TV, though they have that in the main lodge, at least for watching movies if you'd like. We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge, and the meals were a real treat. You get to choose from a variety of themes, and Sharyn makes sure to find out what you like and don't like. In the lodge, they have a nice bar, lot's of games and books to read, and of course talking to the staff and other guests is really what it's all about. It is a very intimate setting, and you quickly feel like a welcomed, appreciated lost friend.

We took tours of Tikal and ATM, which were all arranged by Sharyn. When one of our party decided that spending 3 hours in the ATM was too claustrophobic (though we all had a fascinating time in there), Sharyn found a great alternative activity, and arranged for seperate transportation. She has great attention to detail, and is "right on it."

(By the way, you are not deep in the jungle far from civilization. Like other "jungle lodges" in the area, you are just a little into the forest so that you have the experience, but are still close near enough to the roads to make going places accessible.

All in all, a great place if what I've described is what you are looking for. While we were leaving, they were getting started with set up for a wedding that was taking place on the grounds in a few days. So if you have an event like that, it's worth exploring too.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Antonio Road, San Antonio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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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Mariposa Jungle Hotel San Ignacio

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