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Reviewed 26 February 2010

A wonderful lodge in the jungle! My girlfriend and I had the entire place to ourselves and we received wonderful service from the staff. They were very kind and were wonderful to speak to. Food was great and we were able to choose our themed meals - the Jungle BBQ is a must! Damien was great tour guide and driver and we appreciated his help! We had another wonderful guide into Tikal, Francisco, who was a walking encyclopedia! We did ATM (a great adventure), Tikal (amazing), and zip lining and river tubing (used as a "relaxation day"). I would highly recommend using all through through the lodge as they can give you a quote for all services.

The cabanas were wonderful! Plenty of hot water which is refreshing after long days in the jungle. The screened in patio was my favorite. A hammock and two chairs was a great way to relax in the morning and evening an hear the birds outside. We had the Jaguar cabana and it certainly was the romantic.

Overall, I certainly recommend this place to all travelers looking for a nice lodge that will not break the bank, but does not cut corners in the sake of price. An excellent value and highly recommend. To Sharyn and the staff - thank you!

Date of stay: February 2010
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Jetsetter629
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Belize. We spent four nights at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge. Based on other reviews on Trip Advisor, we had high expectations. We were definitely not disappointed. We were completely satisfied with every aspect of our stay -- atmosphere, cabanas, food, available tours, etc. The two things that stood out the most were the service and the flexibility of the staff. Everyone -- the owner Sharyn, the guides, the dining room and kitchen staff, drivers, and housekeeper -- treated us like we really mattered and that they truly wanted our stay to be as pleasant as possible. All of our special needs (and we have plenty pertaining to diet) were carefully attended to. Our stay in the Cayo district was memorable for lots of reasons but the hospitality provided by Mariposa Jungle Lodge was definitely one of the highlights.

Date of stay: January 2010
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Thank JAG1213
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

Sharon and Jim are a gregarious American couple, who after travelling to the four corners of the globe and sailing the seven seas, stumbled across a spot in a Belizean jungle that was to become Mariposa Jungle Lodge.

We were fortunate to visit just out of peak season and have the resort and their attention all to ourselves. They assure us though, that individual attention is their mantra even if the lodge is full. Despite the timing, we had gorgeous weather.

The couple picked us up from the airport and en route to the resort, regaled us with tales of the country and culture and wet our appetite for adventures to come. Our cabin was designed to blend into the jungle and was made with indigenous materials.
Inside was a 5 star quality room decorated with local treasures and equipped to the nines.

Sharon asks one to choose before hand from a wide variety of themed meals. These she prepares with fresh local ingredients as well as a few additions from her well stocked international pantry. The food was excellent quality, hearty, tasty and well presented. One night we were treated to a Belizean barbeque under the stars. This atop the newly built bird watch tower situated a few minutes walk into the jungle, camouflaged from the lights and cabins.

Guests are given tips about activities in and around the area as well as further a field if needed. Sharon and Jim are happy to organise or facilitate your arrangements but should you wish, you can do your own thing too. We were fortunate to have Augusto, a Belizean man who works for Mariposa Lodge, as our personal guide for most of our activities. He was able to spot rare birds and the odd jaguar, explain the idiosyncrasies of indigenous jungle plant life such as “The Marriage Tree”, imitate howler monkeys to get their attention for our photos and enlighten us about local culture, both the mystical ancient and the new. This he did while leading us up the giant stairs of ancient Mayan Ruins and through stunning, hard to reach waterfalls and secluded caves the size of an IMAX theatre. We were fortunate enough to still be able to take the ATM adventure tour where visitors hike into the jungle, wade through underwater streams and swim through water filled caves before climbing up into a secret cave where ancient artefacts of the Mayan people are buried.

After an energetic day out and about, it was so relaxing to come back to our cabin and sit on the balcony, reading a book or lying in the hammock and just absorbing the harmonious sounds of the jungle while drinking a specially prepared cocktail.

Date of stay: March 2009
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Junglefan72
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

After a week in San Pedro with it's hustle and bustle we finished up a two week vacation at this Lodge. The staff and location provided us the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation before returning home. We had a rather large group and everyone was able to do things as part of a group, individually or just hang out in the Lodge. The staff is friendly and attentive but not invasive. The huts were clean and comfortable inside but rustic outside. The property provided us places to explore on foot and the lodge provided transportation to the sights we wanted to visit. We look forward to returning in the future.

Date of stay: July 2009
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank metistravler
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

We had a lovely 5 nights at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge in late May 09. It was the start of our honeymoon and we were fortunate enough to have the place to ourselves. The cabanas are beautifully constructed and fit perfectly into the jungle environment, and offer good value for money - they are not the height of luxury but neither are they too "rustic" as some other places in the area advertise. For us, the quality and comfort were perfect. We used Mariposa for the following tours: Caracol and surroundings, ATM (outsourced to a 3rd party - and a must-do) and river tubing nearby. All were well organised, and the ones run by Mariposa were led by their local guide, Damian, who was excellent.

The lodge itself is right in the heart of the jungle canopy, just off the dirt road than leads from San Ignacio. It takes approx. 30 mins to get into San Ignacio and the ride is bumpy and annoying at times but that is part of the experience of course (and virtually all lodges have the same bumby ride to get to them). The food at Mariposa is home cooked and tasty - it's not gourmet, but we weren't expecting that either. If you have your own transportation and have the inclination to drive, you may want to try one of the numerous eateries in town on one of the nights just for variety (although as I said, the drive is bumpy).

Finally, Sharyn is a lovely host and goes out of her way to help. I read the previous review about her over-enthusiasm - this was true for us as well, although important to mention that she does this as she cares for her guests and wants them to have a great time. Feedback for Sharyn therefore is to evaluate the type of guests she has and adapt accordingly. There was also a comment previously about generator performance - people need to remember they are in the jungle in a place which is not connected to the electricity grid - it's all part of the experience. At no time did the electricity fail, so that is the most important thing. Finally, Sharyn provided a really good recommendation for us in San Pedro - a condo near the centre and right on the beach.

If you're after something cheaper than the Blancaneaux and Chaa Creeks of this world, but don't want to go too rustic (i.e. basic amenities, no ensuite etc) and you want to enjoy the comforts of a fully ensuite lodge that is authentic, attractive, spotless and well maintained then look no further.

Date of stay: May 2009
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1  Thank Aboxerking
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