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Mariposa Jungle Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Charmed, I'm sure!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

TripAdvisor did us marvelous- again! Mariposa came out #1 on our select list and here's why: small, catered-care, quiet, great staff, good food, beautifully tended grounds, comfy cabana. We spent 3 nights. ATM cave was arduous but fun (vine snake on trek in and foot blisters on trek out but hey...) Night canoe with Andy simply awesome- we saw many kinkajous, a beautiful owl as colorful as a tropical fish, a small fox. The Macal river was swift under a bowl of crystal stars. The not so great-- a pall of smoke over the entire country, concentrated in this agricultural valley- can U say "slash and burn"? Every visit to inland Belize we've encountered the smoke (we tend to travel in April & early May) and Never More- we'll stay on the cays. At least Mariposa is at an elevation where most of it blows out. Still. The road in will wrench the strongest back, shoulders and neck- it really beats you up traveling that road, which is sprayed down with petroleum to further insult the sinuses. Further-- no "rain forest" here, this is the piney uplands among agriculture. Dogs bark, rooster crow but no tropical birds call, no typical wall of jungle sounds at night. It is dry and dusty. Get down to a river to see any wildlife. If you want a true "jungle" experience you must leave the lodge area.

A Shout Out to Nell-Marie-- I would hire her in a minute, she is simply a buttoned-up, detail-and-people-oriented manager who is worth her weight in gold. And she comes complete with one heck of a chef-hubby :)

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Ontario,Canada
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

After arriving at the airport you will breeze through customs and someone will be waiting for you. We had Eric waiting for us and on route to the Lodge he was very informative about what we were seeing. The drive on paved road was 67 miles....the next 9 miles to the lodge is on rough road.
We were greeted by Nelmarie. This beautiful young lady took excellent care of us for the whole week. Our servers were Shamira, Eilda and Sharlene....sweethearts all !!! Melvin was tentative at the bar and makes an excellent drink. Esau is the Chef and takes great pride in making all meals, every meal was very good to excellent.
TRIPS
The ATM trip is a must !!! You'll leave at 8:00 am and return around 4:30 pm with a wide smile on your face.
My wife and I were the only ones to take the Village Culture Tour and may I suggest that you consider this tour. You will be very humbled by how these beautiful people live without electrical power and hot running water. They grow, raise and harvest all or much of what they consume.
Agusto was our guide and I must thank him for allowing us into his community to experience an amazing tour. I am not going to tell you too much about it....an experience you will never forget.
We had a great time !!!
Thank You Sharyn for hiring these beautiful people who pampered one and all !!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

My wife and I spent five nights at the Mariposa resort with another couple. The resort staff took excellent care of us with personalized service. The meals were exceptional and the staff pampered us. In one case a member of our party dropped their wallet in the parking area. A staff member found it in the dark and returned it to the owner with all the money intact. This incident highlighted the high integrity demonstrated by all their staff members.

The resort also provided us with a guide and vehical. He took us to several archeological sites and other local attractions. He was very knowledgeable and this sgnificantly enhanced our adventures as well as gave us an escort for local and Guatemala trips. We would highly recommend this service for anyone staying at the resort and travelling in the area. There is is so much more to learn from their local guides than you can gather on your own. It is also wothwhile considering their assistance with transport over the local logging roads that afford access to many sites and activities.

Jim and Sharyn took a personal interest in our comfort and the quality of our stay. They also worked wonders with their staff in arranging trips and outings on short notice. They were warm, welcoming and engaged in making our stay the best it could be.

By now you may notice that we don't have any negative critism. The accommodations were comfortable, clean and well appointed. The service was exceptional and personilzed. We visited several places in Belize and the Mariposa turned out to the highlight of our trip. It was most memorable.

If you are going to Beluze you MUST stay at the Mariposa!

Room Tip: All the rooms are equivalent and private since they are individual cabins.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Here are SOME of the problems I experienced at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge:

-Expensive for what it is.
-Falsely advertised the proximity to the city. Driving time to San Ignacio was something like 45 minutes to an hour for something that was mileage wise supposedly close. Therefore, we had to use their car service often and spend a lot to get into the city.
-The beds had stains on their sheets, which were either from bugs or other guests.
-There were stains all over the comforter, similarly from bugs or other guests.
-There were holes in the bed sheets.
-Stains all over the towels.
-Mosquito net was not thoroughly cleaned before our arrival, therefore there were dead bugs atop the bed.
-The door for the rooms was not built properly, so there is a gap between the door and the floor. This let in random bugs and other creatures. I was told that several guests had tarantulas, lizards, etc. visit them in their rooms. I understand I am staying in the "jungle", but it shouldn't travel with me into bed.
-Mosquitos and gnats all attracted to the bathroom. You can't take a nice normal shower without there being bugs.
-They use FIVE GENERATORS! These generators were broken for four of the five days of our stay. Because this happened during Christmas, they couldn't get anyone to fix the problem, therefore we often had no light, or hot water, or had to wait for our meals.
-Internet only works in the common area by the kitchen, but the common area computer did not function, so you could not check your email unless you bring your own computer.
-Meals are "tailored" to your preferences, but if you stay for more than a few days the meals are redundant and lifeless. I'm pretty sure I got sick from eating some of their quesedillas for one lunch and had to miss one of our excursions. The chicken they cooked one night was super tough to eat.
-The pool picture they post is super deceptive, as it is tiny and is cluttered with bugs and leaves.
-There are three or more dogs on the site. If you are not an animal lover you will not enjoy the dogs roaming around the area, especially the kitchen. ick!
-The owner of the property is kind of scary. She wasn't super nice when we checked into our rooms.
-They also did not warn us that they were moving us from one room to the next, so when we got back from our excursion they had already moved our stuff without our consent.

Despite all of the bad I mentioned above, there was some good:

-They were able to do our laundry!
-They acquired some swim shoes for me at the last minute.
-Claim they will remove any insects or animals from your room if you have any.
-Rooms are nicely ventilated if you keep your windows open and ceiling fan on.
-Fly swatter is included with the room. You will certainly need it!
-They have a random CD playing every night during dinner. The mix included Michael Bolton covers of let's get it on and sexual healing! HIGHLIGHT OF THE STAY!
-They did make some picky New Yorkers kids hamburgers on demand, because the New Yorkers were being obnoxious!
-They will try to reschedule excursions that you could not make.
-We learned about the CHICKEN POOP game!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We have been meaning to write this review for months as it is well deserved. We had a wonderful time at Mariposa!! We are confident our trip would not have gone as smoothly without Sharyn's assistance. Despite the extreme rain while we were there (which closed ATM and cave-tubing as well as roads to many Mayan sites) Sharyn and Nelmarie made sure we made the most of everyday. We went zip-lining, visited Bol's cave, went to Cahal Pech and San Ignacio, held iguana's at the hatchery, and finally went to Tikal (definitely the highlight). Agusto and Damian were wonderful guides and taught us a lot about the region. The food was delicious as well. We always looked forward to the gourmet dinners after a day of adventure. The cabanas were spacious, clean and comfortable. We hope to go back one day soon!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Freeland, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2014

We stayed at Mariposa Jungle Lodge from March 29 to April 5th. This was our first Belize experience and luckily I found an ad about Mariposa when I was researching Belize. We only had to contact Sharyn Brinker by email and she took it from there. She is totally amazing and our trip was fantastic because of her planning and attention to detail. She planned our itinerary after asking great questions about us and what we wanted to do and see. She arranged our tours, our two other destinations and the travel arrangements to get to each place. I was so relaxed without a care in the world regarding our trip and travel arrangements. Agusto, Damian, Nelmarie, Melvin and Eilda were amazing. Eilda made our anniversary very special for us with the assistance of Melvin. He was so excited about surprising us. It was fantastic and brought me to tears. I cannot say enough about Eric. He helped us through a very scary medical emergency (nothing to do with anything in Belize) and was our ROCK in a storm. The entire staff is amazing. We saw monkeys almost every single day right outside of our cabana which was Jaguar. The bright green parrots visited every morning. If you want a jungle experience this is the place. The only downfall was that Sharyn was not there during our stay, so we didn't get to meet the wonderful lady that planned our trip. Guess we will have to go back.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We had a fine time in the Belizean jungle and enjoyed our stay at Mariposa very much.
We stayed in Jaguar, went on great trips, and ate delicious food. Both breakfasts and dinners were enjoyable, and it was fun to try different foods than what we usually have at home. Good variety and taste sensations. Staff was friendly and all you could ask for.

Our trips to explore were good. The small ones were just as good as the longer ones. We enjoyed the zoo very much and liked how all was related to loving the animals and the environment. The Howler Monkey Sanctuary was amazing as we got to stand close to a mama and her baby. At the butterfly farm we had butterflies perch on us.

We went to Barton Creek Cave where you relax in a canoe and see incredible sights, San Ignacio with Xunantnich where it is nice to be around locals and to see such amazing ruins, and ATM where you can experience beauty and terror at the same time. All were excellent with the ATM trip being most memorable with Gliss as an incredible guide. I told him taking us was like taking his parents through the cave.

The staff is wonderful here, personable, kind, flexible, knowledgeable, and fun. We highly recommend Mariposa.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mariposa Jungle Lodge
Address: San Antonio Road, San Antonio, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > San Antonio
Amenities:
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mariposa Jungle Lodge 3.5*
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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