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Mariposa Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

We visited the Cayo District from May 15 - 18, 2010 with our 21-year old son. Our experience with the Mariposa Lodge was perfect from beginning to end (check out the extensive & informative web site). The owner, Sharyn Brinker, was quick to reply to all email questions and we spoke on the phone several times when planning the trip. She has created a peaceful paradise in the middle of the jungle and she her achieved her goal of providing us with a wonderful experience in Belize. We were the only guests in the 6 available cabanas (May is slow season) so we felt like royalty. The cabana was spotless, comfortable, roomy and we enjoyed the sitting area with the hammock- my new "happy place" listening to the birds. The best feature was the mosquito netting around the beds- unique & useful- plus the ceiling fan and extra standing fan helped keep the temp comfortable. We loved the building with the restaurant/bar and library (internet access, games, books). The meal plan was well worth the price. Sharyn sends a food questionnaire prior to the trip so breakfasts, packed lunches & dinners were designed for our tastes. Nelmarie, the Belizean cook, made delicious meals planned around our sightseeing trips. She and the 2 guides (Agusto & Damian) spoke English, were very friendly and helped us to learn more about their local culture. Sharyn helps you to plan excursions before you arrive based on your interests and there is plenty to see and do. We highly recommend Caracol, Big Rock Falls, Barton Creek Cave, Calico Jack zip lining and the Belize Zoo. Agusto & Damien drove us in the lodge vehicles (from the airport pick up to all tour sites- definitely better than renting a car!!) and the location of the lodge was a reasonable distance to all activities. Having them as built-in guides available to us every day was a huge advantage due to their knowledge of the history & details of every site (plus they know when to avoid any crowds from cruise ships). If you choose Mariposa, you will get a great value, great service and have a great experience. I wouldn't stay anywhere else! Our thanks to the entire crew!

  • Stayed: May 2010
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1  Thank Italy1Colorado
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

Everything was very clean and neat. The food was delicious and fresh. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. The excursions were amazing and unlike anything I had experienced prior to this vacation. If I had another chance to go back to this area of Belize, I wouldn't stay in another spot!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank rosebanjo
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Reviewed 10 April 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 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, travelled with family
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1  Thank sunsnowandraines
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Reviewed 2 April 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, travelled with friends
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Thank CennieK
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