Archive for July, 2016

Snorkeling from the Jungle

Another great day in Belize with guests of Mariposa Jungle Lodge.  We were hosting a 3-generation family for a week who wanted to focus on jungle adventures and Maya culture.  But some members couldn’t resist a day of snorkelling.  So, with four adults and 5 children ranging from 4-12, we embarked on a drive to Belize City where we took a water taxi to San Pedro.  After a picnic lunch on the beach, we enjoyed a private snorkelling tour of Hol Chan Park and Shark Ray Alley, where we had a glorious experience, thanks to Seaduced by Belize, a popular and well respected marine tour operator.  The weather was perfect, the water was calm, clear and warm, the nurse sharks were out in abundance.  We saw a giant eel, numerous schools of large fish, and a huge, graceful stingray, among other things.

We returned to the mainland on a late afternoon water taxi, followed by the drive home to Mariposa.  It was a 12.5   hour day but all agreed it was worth it to experience the beauty of the Belize reef.

While this group was at sea, the other eight members of the 17-member group opted to devote the day to the history and mysteries of the Mayan ruins.  They visited two great Mayan sites, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

The broad range diversity of natural and historical wonders are among the reasons to visit us at Mariposa Jungle Lodge. Whether you are searching for nature, history or physical adventure, we can accommodate you.

We are ready!!

We are ready!!

Shark Ray Alley!! A must do.

Shark Ray Alley!! A must do.

After all the excitement, Some needed a cool sea rest.

After all the excitement, Some needed a cool sea rest.

“La Selva Trail”

Mariposa Jungle Lodge recently inaugurated “La Selva Trail”, our new 1600 meter onsite hiking trail. The trail circumvents the perimeter of our property and offers a moderate degree of difficulty. The trail is well-defined and periodic signage confirms the remaining distance, but only the individual hiker can assess the degree of difficulty based on his or her comfort zone in hiking. As the owner of this awesome piece of paradise, I decided it was incumbent on me to hike each of new trails, despite my limitations as a senior-citizen desk jockey who spends her days at the computer. Our loving and patient General Manager and Chef accepted the challenge of escorting me on the trail. I started out vigorously, impressed by the great job our staff had done with clearing the trail. I was predictably challenged by an occasion uphill or downhill incline. I was more challenged when the inclines had to be navigated by sidestepping protruding rocks. For some strange reason, my companions were unchallenged as I stumbled along, but one was always alert to assist me if I was in danger of losing my always precarious balance. The hike was awesome. I saw pieces of our 40-acre site that I’d never had time to see before. Ongoing beautiful jungle escape. And then, a special reward. Three toucans flitting among the trees, thinking they were enjoying their usual privacy. Later, a few butterflies of an unfamiliar species. After more than an hour of hiking, I was ready for a hot shower, alcohol rub on my likely-to-be-charley-horsed legs, and reflection on the awesome encounter I had just enjoyed with nature. On reflection and based on comments from guests in better hiking condition than I, it’s a great trail with a few challenging areas. So, I’m proud that we’ve added a significant hiking option to experienced hikers who want to do more than walk. La Selva Trail is now another complimentary feature of a visit to Mariposa Jungle Lodge.

"A little Teaser"

“A little Teaser”

Great clear blue skies

Great clear blue skies

At peace with thy self

At peace with thy self

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