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Belize Tel: 011-501-670-2113

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Welcome to
Mariposa Jungle Lodge

We are your hosts, Jim & Sharyn Brinker, retired American expatriates who live in Belize. When we first visited Belize as tourists, we selected a day-long horseback ride excursion through the jungle. During several hours of riding, we saw no one other than our small group of six, no sign of development other than the dirt road used as an alternative route for firefighting, or any sign of litter. We were awestruck by the natural beauty and peace.
The sound of silence was interrupted only by the singing of numerous tropical birds. A single, magnificent Blue Morpho butterfly appeared. We knew we were in love with the area. We bought the site of the future Mariposa Jungle Lodge several days later. Then we fulfilled a fantasy by creating an intimate lodge that offers the ambiance, amenities, and service we believe a discerning traveler should expect.
When researching holidays in Belize, we invite you to join us in our own piece of pristine forest, where the altitude and high tree canopies offer pleasant temperatures and cool nights for sleeping. We’re anxious to show you the Maya artifacts and relics we found in the process of developing our eco-lodge and cabañas. We want you to awaken with a smile when you hear the joyful cacophony of our myriad birds, and to fall asleep to the sound of nature transmitted to us by geckos, toads and cicadas.
If you appreciate the treasure of natural beauty and peace, you will love Belize and its friendly people. Join us for an unforgettable Belize travel experience in our beautiful adopted country.
Your Hosts, Jim & Sharyn Brinker

Our Staff

Nelmarie Bol Tzib

General Manager
Nelmarie is a local gem of full Mayan ancestry. She deftly handles management of the kitchen, serving and housekeeping crew, as well as tour scheduling and all guest services. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School in nearby Santa Elena, Nelmarie loves sharing her knowledge of jungle nature and Maya culture with guests. She is the mother of two delightful children, Tracy and Ilhan, who consider Mariposa their home. Tourism is the right field for this energetic young woman who loves people and adventure. When time permits, Nel is crawling through caves, hiking, rappelling, or traveling to expand her range of experiences.

Agusto Ixtecoc & Damian Ixtecoc

Administrators & Tour Guides
Agusto and Damian, brothers, have been part of the Mariposa family since 2004. Each played critical roles in the development and building of our resort. Their skills ranged from jungle exploration and site selection, to all aspects of building construction, from cement foundations to fine carpentry and tile work. Each has served Mariposa and its guests in numerous capacities, ranging from administration, outdoor staff development and supervision, painting, and even cooking at our Gourmet Jungle BBQs. Both Agusto and Damian are licensed professional tour guides and enjoy introducing our guests to their Maya culture, history, and surrounding natural environment on small, private tours.

Esau Tzib

Chef
Esau was among the members of Mariposa’s initial furniture-making crew and later joined the indoor staff to serve guests. During a hiatus from Mariposa employment, Esau discovered his love of cooking and underwent culinary training before returning home to us. Our guests benefit from the personal touch he offers to an expanded range of Belizean and Mayan dishes.
Our great management team is supported by a talented group of local staff who help with Guest Services, Landscaping, Administration, and Security.

We are a Belize Eco-Resort

Mariposa is committed to providing a great Belize jungle adventure for our guests in a safe, comfortable and environmentally-friendly manner, conserving our natural resources, and operating with eco-tourism principles in mind.
As an eco-resort, we follow practices to preserve the ancient rainforest and our magnificent natural surroundings, protect bio-diversity, and contribute to the sustainability and health of our local community.

Conservation practices we follow:

  • Showers include refillable dispensers with biodegradable body wash, shampoo and hair conditioner. This helps reduce waste associated with product packaging designed for individual use
  • We use only biodegradable toilet tissue
  • To conserve energy, we use fluorescent lighting where appropriate throughout the property
  • Without compromising functionality, we have installed low flush water toilets and conservation shower heads
  • We use “on demand” water heaters, which only heat up when a hot water faucet is turned on
  • Water is served in our bar and restaurant “on request” in order to conserve
  • “Gray Water” from the sinks and baths is used to irrigate the flora and fauna found on our Belize Eco-resort
We believe our guests have intentionally selected a Belize Eco-resort as a responsible choice that allows them to enjoy the jungle while limiting their impact on the environment. To assist with our sustainability efforts, we ask guests:
  • to make a personal choice on how often they want towels or linens changed
  • to turn off faucets when not actually using running water
  • to return all bottles, whether plastic or glass, for recycling

We contribute to the sustainability of our Village environment in many ways:

  • Participating in a private litter removal program on our local road. Mariposa adopted a mile of the San Antonio Road (from the junction with the Mt. Pine Ridge Road north) and our staff regularly picks up litter left by people who aren’t sensitive to its effect on the natural beauty and ecology of our area.
  • Burning flammable materials, burying organic food waste, and returning bottles and plastic for recycling or safe disposal
  • Bringing our own cloth or paper carriers to the markets
  • Boycotting the use of Styrofoam products
  • Promoting the use of unadulterated seeds by local farmers
  • Developing an education program to present in local schools and churches to sensitize the local people about the need for immediate care and long-term preservation of our precious land and rainforest

We also contribute to the indigenous people of San Antonio, Cayo (our local Village) and select Belize charities:

  • Sponsoring attendance at specialized training educational courses for our employees and local youth
  • Offering specialized tools and training for employees who have become skilled finish carpenters and construction workers
  • Contributing to San Ignacio Rotary to support scholarship assistance to needy and deserving local youth
  • Providing Christmas food baskets and basic clothing for needy families
  • Establishing adn funding the MJL scholarship program to enable deserving young locals to attend High School. Contributions by our generous guests are greatly appreciated.

Pack for a Purpose

How Guests Can Give Back to Belize
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save a little space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our area.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit?

The most popular time to visit is between Christmas and April, between the rainy and dry seasons. May and June are lovely for people who don’t mind some hot weather. Rain is intermittent between June and December; weather no longer seem to follow traditional patterns. From October to January, the temperature ranges from cool to hot, and visitors must be prepared for muddy roads.

Are there wild animals around the Lodge?

Yes, but sightings are rare because most are nocturnal. Our guests have seen gray foxes, armadillos, coatimundi, possums, squirrels, and other unidentified small animals. A resident jaguar has been heard wandering near our buildings and has been seen on nearby properties, but he or she stays within the protective shield of the rain forest. We are often visited by Howler Monkeys and the unique howl of the protective males.

What should I wear?

Belize is very informal. We suggest wearing comfortable cotton clothes. For those who typically attract insects, slacks are preferable to shorts. A long sleeve cotton shirt would be handy to wear over sleeveless tops when visiting places that tend to have the insidious ‘no-seeums’. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Two pairs are desirable in case one gets wet. It’s best not to choose your best clothes for excursions and jungle outings. Don’t forget a bathing suit. If you are adventuresome and might find yourself exploring a muddy cave, or hiking along a muddy path, you may wish to bring some ‘disposable clothes’ because the local mud tends to stain.

What should I bring?

Binoculars for viewing birds or wildlife, insect repellent with a high DEET factor, sunglasses, head protection, light raingear, a protective sun hat or cap, spare batteries or recharging equipment for your camera batteries. Experience has taught us that ordinary baby oil is an effective repellent for no-seeums and sand flies, which are more common than mosquitos in some areas. We provide umbrellas, flashlights, bug spray, hairdryers, and mango-scented liquid body soap, shampoo and conditioner.

Do we need any shots?

No. The Belize Tourist Board posts a statement that there are no serious epidemic diseases in Belize and no inoculations are necessary. Some people take anti malaria tablets in an abundance of caution, but malaria is not common in this area. You should make these decisions with your personal doctor.

Do you accommodate children?

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is designed for adults and young people who are independent and self-sufficient. We do not have cribs or other amenities for infants and toddlers. We welcome young children who are accustomed to an adult environment.

What do you mean by “border fees?”

If you cross the border from Belize to Guatemala in order to visit Tikal, the Belize government imposes a departure tax. The tax is currently about $20 U.S. (Another departure tax is charged at the airport when you leave Belize, but some air carriers include it in the price of your ticket.) In addition, a small entry fee may be charged at Guatemala Immigration. Then a representative of the Municipality of Melchor de Mencos, the first town after the Guatemala border, may stop you for an entry fee. Your guide will assist you throughout the process.

Why do you include service charges?

Service charges are added to ensure that all employees of the Lodge, seen and unseen, receive some recognition that their efforts have contributed to occupancy. Most resorts in Belize have adopted this policy. Given the fact that 10% is distributed among the entire staff, we expect some guests to give supplemental gratuities to anyone you’d normally tip at a higher rate. Supplemental tipping is neither required nor expected, but it is greatly appreciated.

How do you get to the cayes or Placencia from Mariposa Jungle Lodge?

You can fly from Belmopan George Price Airstrip, Maya Flats Airstrip, Goldson International Airport or Belize Municipal Airport. We recommend the latter because the fares are lower and there’s no disadvantage when traveling to the islands. The best bargain is one of the water taxi services in Belize City. The fares are nominal and it’s a great boat ride (We can transport you to any of the three transportation sites for the same price from the Lodge). Useful trivia: In Belize, “cayes” is pronounced “keys.”

Should I exchange money at the airport?

Only if you’re not using US currency. Locals prefer to be paid in US currency because it’s more valuable in exchange for currencies outside Belize. For example, at the Guatemala border, one gets more quetzales for US $1 than for the equivalent $2 Belize. The Belize dollar is pegged 2:1 to the US dollar and US currency is accepted throughout Belize at that rate. The exchange rate at the airport bank office is less favorable than at other locations.

Are travelers checks or credit cards typically accepted?

Travelers checks may be accepted at larger establishments but are not popular because the local banks do not cash them at par. Mariposa Jungle Lodge accepts Visa and Mastercard. Cash is always gratefully accepted.

How much should I tip our tour guide?

A generous tip for excellent service would be US $5-$10/per person for a full-day excursion and half that for a half-day excursion. The amount is discretionary, of course, and should reflect your level of satisfaction.

How long does it take to drive from the airport to the Lodge?

About two hours from Belize International Airport, 1.5 hours from Belize City, and 45 minutes from San Ignacio airstrip at Maya Flats.

Do I need a passport to travel to Belize?

Yes, and it needs to be valid for a clear six months after the intended departure date from Belize.

What is the primary language?

English, but Spanish is spoken widely in the Cayo District.

What time zone is Belize in?

Central, but we do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Is the voltage the same for electricity as the U.S.?

Yes, 110 volts. Same plugs as U.S. too.
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US Tel: 1-304-224-2136

Belize Tel: 011-501-670-2113

San Antonio, Cayo, Belize
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Adventure by Day and Comfort by Night