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 :)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mariposa Jungle Hotel San Ignacio