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Mariposa Jungle Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Antonio
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

Put yourself in Sharyn's hands for the trip of a lifetime. This quiet, remote spot is wonderfully relaxing, but the area is also full of adventure. The cabanas are spotless and filled with beautiful handmade furniture. The staff goes out of their way to ensure that your every need is met. The food is out of this world -- especially the jungle barbeque! Let Sharyn book your tours -- we did four (Caracol, Tikal, Cave Tubing, and ATM) all with amazing tour guides. If you are adventurous, ATM is an unforgettable experience that we would highly recommend. One word of caution, the road to Mariposa is rough. It is easiest to have Mariposa make your travel and tour arrangements and plan to eat your meals there.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We just returned from vacationing in Belize and the highlight of our trip was staying at Mariposa Jungle Lodge. The lodge itself is a wonderful oasis in the tropical jungle. The cabanas are clean, comfortable and relaxing. The meals were delicious - even our kids enjoyed everything. The gardens surrounding the cabanas are beautifully planted with tropical orchids, palms, heliconias and other plants. Sharyn, the proprietor, makes sure all your needs are fulfilled and is amazing at setting up tours and having everything run smoothly. Each tour comes with a guide who enlightened us about the wildlife, plant life, culture and history we were seeing. It was great to learn so much about Belize. We were busy on a new adventure every day (tubing, horseback riding, caving, swimming, hiking, etc.) and loved returning to the lodge to relax, swim and talk with other guests about their adventures. We'll definitely stay at Mariposa when we return to Belize.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

Excellent accomidations, would stay again. Here's some things to consider. The area is teeming with fun and adventure with lots of things to do! You can easily spend a week and do different things every day. There are Zip lines, caves. lots of Mayan ruins,canoe rides, tube rides, swimming in both the Lodge Pool and local streams. However, the place is remote and eating and touring is pretty much locked in to the Lodge by the remoteness. The roads stink, they are full of pot holes, and getting anywhere is a challenge. You cannot go down the street and grab dinner. You bring it in or eat at the lodge. That can get expensive. Also the Lodge offers tours, if you did not rent a car that can be expensive too. We rented a 4x4 and it was expensive, but worked well. It provided us the flexibility to get around. The rooms are spotless and well maintained. All in all a very nice place.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

Mariposa was a wonderfully relaxing vacation destination. The cabanas were extremely comfortable (the best sleep i've had in years) and the staff was over-the-top amazing, catering to every need you could possibly think of. You truly feel like you are part of a family when visiting MPL and I plan on returning some time in the near future.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

There are not enough words to describe the wonderfulness that is Mariposa Jungle Lodge. The proprietor Sharyn is an adorable and instantly likeable woman, who welcomed me and my partner with open arms.
The rooms are fantastic! They are large, quiet, and the porch with a hammock was exactly what I needed after days of hiking through woods, caving, tubing, and visiting mayan ruins. The attention to detail within this Lodge is incredible. Their is complimentary umbrella, bug spray, and the best detail!?: Q-Tips in the bathroom! It's a simple addition, but honestly made my day.
Another tip that I found out while I was staying at Mariposa was that Sharyn and her team is able to set up any trip you would like to take, and is able to do it quickly and at great rates. They accomplish this by having great relationships with the Belizeans that live in the area.
The ultimate feeling you have while staying at Mariposa Jungle Lodge: "I'm Home."

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

We stayed 2 nights at Mariposa and also booked a trip to Caracol and will definitely be back. The staff is very accomodating, and will do anything they can to make your trip better. Their guide Augusto is very knowledgeable (almost too much, be prepared for a history lesson and a quiz afterwards by Sharon ;) ) We had lunch at Caracol, and while the rest of the large guided groups were pulling out brown sack lunches, we were having empanadas, banana cake, pasta salad, and chips with fabric napkins, place mats, etc. Also it was nice that they were willing to take just my husband and I on the tour, as opposed to the groups of 10 people, we had the trip to ourselves. Following our stop at Caracol we went to the Rio On Pools. My suggestion here, is that you use the restroom at Caracol and change into your swimsuit either there, or in the dressing rooms at the pools. The restrooms at the Pools are small and extremely dirty (think bad outhouse with doors not closing tight, lizards on the wall, etc,) The jungle bbq at Mariposa is definitely worth doing. We had a great night hike through the jungle, and enjoyed great food and conversation under the brightest stars I've ever seen. Next time I definitely want to spend one night sleeping on the bird tower. As far as the rooms-- they are nicely furnished. I loved going to sleep every night being able to hear the sounds of the outdoors, as I was sleeping in a nice soft bed. Next time we will spend more time in the jungle at Mariposa, and less on the beach at San Pedro. We loved it!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Mariposa Jungle Lodge for one week in February 2011. We picked Mariposa after comparing it to several several similar establishments in the Belize interior and we were not disappointed.This was our first trip to Belize, which we found to be a very friendly and welcoming country. For about half of our time at the lodge, we were the only guests. Another young couple was there for 3 nights.

Our cabana at the Mariposa was perfect. It was large and beautifully decorated with works of local artisans. It had a very comfortable bed, two sitting areas (one inside, one looking out into the jungle) and adequate storage space. The bathroom was also large, well lit, and very clean. There was always good water pressure and lots of hot water. The cabana was equipped with umbrellas - which we needed. The grounds are nicely manicured and have a romantic ambiance at night when lit by the Tiki torches (thanks to Wilton, the Tiki-boy!).

The main lodge building has the restaurant and a well-equipped bar, a lounge/library for guests to use (decorated with the spoils of Sharyn's own world travels), a small sitting area, and a small gift shop. Sometimes locals stopped in at the bar/restaurant, which made for interesting evenings.

The Pool area is new and during our stay was still under development (the waterfall and palapa bar still to be completed). We were the first guests to use the pool, and we spent the better part of our last full day sitting pool-side and reading, which was nice.

The staff were excellent - all local Mayans except for Sharyn herself. We spent a good deal of time with the two very knowledgeable guides Agusto and Damian who took us out on excursions. In the dining room we were served by Nelmarie and Eilda. The food was expertly prepared by Esau and beautifully presented. We mostly ate local dishes (at our request) and were never disappointed.

Sharyn herself is an excellent host and a big part of what made our stay so memorable. We always felt that she put hospitality ahead of business, but was still business-like enough to ensure that everything ran smoothly at the lodge. She treated my wife an me like family during our stay, and when it came time for us to leave at the end of the week, we both felt like it would have been nice to stay just a little bit longer!

This is how we spent our week:
FRIDAY: arrival, picked up at the airport by Agusto, stopped at the zoo on the way. The zoo was very worthwhile. We arrived after dark and in a heavy rain, were fed and went to bed.
SATURDAY: (heavy rain) Went to San Ignacio for the morning with Agusto and spent a hour or so in the lively market. We walked around town (not that large) and had lunch. In the afternoon, we went to Xunantunich, an interesting Mayan site not far from San Ignacio. The rain was lighter and intermittent during the day, but heavy again when we got back to the lodge in the evening. The forecast was for more rain, so Sharyn offered to find us an alternate place to go where it might be drier. Last two night have been quite cool, with temperatures in the low teens (celsius) so the blankets were needed.
SUNDAY: Still raining heavily, but the forecast is looking up. Our booked trip to ATM is postponed. We spent the morning in the cabana reading. In the afternoon we went to Bol's Cave, a small Mayan cave owned and run by a local man. Bol himself is a very interesting person, and we enjoyed this low-key experience a lot. When we returned to the lodge, the rain had pretty much stopped. Went for a swim in the pool.
MONDAY: Day-long excursion with Agusto to Caracol, another Mayan site and the largest in Belize. Long but very interesting drive to get there, great site. Saw Rio Frio Cave on the way there, which was a worthwhile stop. Rio On pools on the way back was nothing special, but we went to another waterfall nearby for a swim, which was nicer. Sunny days now for the rest of our stay.
TUESDAY: Our ATM day. This is a very worthwhile cave exploration trip. It involves an hour+ long drive to get there, the last stretch of which is very beautiful. This is followed by a 30min easy hike that crosses the rive 3 times (waist deep). You have to swim into the cave itself, but after the initial short swim the water depth ranges from ankle to shoulder deep. The next 45 minutes are spent in the cave moving through the river and scrambling over rocks. Then there's a climb up to a higher and drier cavern where the Mayan remains are found. Altogether about 3 hours are spent underground.
WEDNESDAY: Excursion to Tikal in Guatemala. This is also a day-long trip. Do it with others if you can, to save money. Tikal is a larger and more spectacular site than Caracol, but Caracol has an intimacy and involves a feeling of adventure that Tikal doesn't have.
THURSDAY: The first cloudless day, we spent in mostly at the lodge on the pool deck, reading and swimming. I did spend an hour or so with Agusto at Pacbitun, a Mayan site in the jungle within walking distance of the lodge. It's nearly completely overgrown, so you have to use some imagination to see the buildings, but interesting all the same. Sharyn warned me they had ticks there, and sure enough I got two of them, despite wearing all long-sleeved clothes. Still, glad I went.
FRIDAY: Last day, checked out and driven to Belize CIty. Along the way, we stopped at the Cave Tubing location and spent two hours floating through caves on innertubes. We also got a quick tour of Belmopan and a drive-by tour of Belize City. Our guide for the day was Louis Juan, who doesn't work at Mariposa, but sometimes guides excursions for them. We found him to be very knowledgeable and really enjoyed our time with him.

One other thing to note if you go: March seems to be the busiest month in the Cayo district. If you prefer to stay when there are a lot of other guests in the resort, go in March. If you prefer a quieter and more intimate experience, go in February.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: San Antonio Road, San Antonio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Antonio
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Antonio
Price Range: $218 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mariposa Jungle Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This boutique eco-resort nestled under the jungle canopy of San Antonio, Belize, offers six luxury cabanas with air conditioning and wifi, mosquito-netted canopy beds, private screened porches with hammocks, and comfortable sitting areas for relaxation. Enjoy local and international cuisine, full bar, and the library with an eclectic book collection, games, and array of international art and memorabilia. Mariposa is well-located for tours to regional Maya archaeological sites, waterfalls, caves, and rivers. ... more   less 
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