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Belize Tel: 011-501-670-2113

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Inland Blue Hole & St. Herman’s Cave

Inland Blue Hole & St. Herman’s Cave

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1-3 hours

Swim in turquoise waters and explore an underground cave! Both these incredible sites at Blue Hole National Park are located near the Hummingbird Highway and easily accessible on a trip to/from the Lodge from Belize City. The Inland Blue Hole is a cool, refreshing, and naturally beautiful place for a swim. The Blue Hole is a 25-foot deep sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. The river running through the original cavern still flows through the cave system, and forms a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the cenote. The depression measures about 100-feet deep and 300 feet in diameter.

St. Herman’s is one of the few major Belize caves you can visit independently. The largest of the three known entrances sits in a sinkhole 180 feet wide, narrowing to a 60-foot wide entrance. The concrete steps cover stone steps originally cut by the Maya. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface. A trail with markers has been placed within the cave. It’s about a half-mile through to the exit. Once inside, visitors can clamber over rocks and splash through the water, while admiring stunning cave formations. After exploring the cave, there is the option to hike a two-mile interpretive trail.

There is also the option to explore deeper in this extensive cave system, with its huge caverns and classic Maya ceremonial chambers with calcified skeletons and artifacts – but for this, you must have a guide (which we can arrange). The National Park has several other hiking trails for optimal wildlife spotting. Some of the unusual birds known to frequent this area include White Hawk, Spotted-Wood Quail, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotinga, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers and Slaty-Tailed Trogons. (Incidentally, each of these species also frequents Mariposa Jungle Lodge.)

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Secret of Cayo

Secret of Cayo

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Few hours to all day

Perfect for travelers seeking little-known “off the beaten path” experiences, our team has identified a list of hidden gems and secret sites in the jungles of Cayo accessible by foot, horse, canoe, or pontoon boat. These are not tourist sites; there are spots for locals “in the know” – recommended because our staff grew up in the nearby villages.

Rather than publish details and disclose our findings (then it’s no longer secret!), we’ll work privately with you to design a custom tour that reflects your interests in secret hikes to waterfalls, swimming holes, Howler Monkey abodes, or Maya caves replete with relics. Picnic lunch, water, and towels included.

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Guided Birding

Guided Birding

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Few hours to all day

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Explore on your own using our nature trails and birdwatch tower – or employ one of our guides to take you to different Cayo ecosystems and nesting environments. Guided bird watching tours, onsite or nearby, are available by appointment and tailored to your interests.

There are over 400 known bird species in the immediate geographical area that ranges from broadleaf forest and open agricultural land to the nearby Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. We enjoy a wide range of those species right here on the 40-acre Mariposa property.

Each morning, an avian symphony precludes the need for an alarm clock, and provides excellent birding opportunities. The sweet cooing of Mourning Doves, the noisy squawking of Green Parrots, the gentle song of the Trogon. Sparkling Yellow Kiskadees and the magical Hummingbirds visit the office staff daily and perch right outside the windows. But nothing excites our guests more than the easily-identifiable Keel-Billed Toucans with their extraordinary, disproportionate beaks and frog-like grunts.

A favorite spot for bird lovers is our Jungle Birdwatch Tower, located a short hike from the lodge. Here you climb stairs to a 16-square-foot deck about 20 feet off the ground, where you can comfortably enjoy a 360-degree view of an area brimming with different trees, plants, nests, and birdlife.

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Blue Hole Flyover

Blue Hole Flyover

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Full Day

If you’re like most visitors to Belize, you want to see the world-famous Blue Hole. And with good reason, it’s unique and amazingly beautiful. Since not all of us are scuba divers, or prepared to take the long boat ride from San Pedro or Belize City, there is a new option for visiting the Blue Hole – see it from the air!

Tropic Air, one of the local airlines, offers a “flightseeing” trip several times each week from Belize City. After a pleasant 18-minute ride in a small twin-engine plane, the pilot circles around the Blue Hole twice in each direction, to ensure all passengers on both sides get great views and photo ops. You’ll also see stunning views of the Belize cayes and the barrier reef, the second longest in the world, on your way to and from Belize City.

We are happy to arrange this experience for you. Please inquire for details and rates.

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Guided Hiking

Guided Hiking

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Few hours to all day

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is located on 40 acres in the subtropical broadleaf forest, a dense and beautiful area that affords jungle hiking opportunities of varying degrees of difficulty. Our expert guides who grew up on the surrounding lands will customize the itinerary based on what you want to see. Pricing varies based on length of time, number of people, and the need for packed lunch. Guided night hiking is also available on request (and incredibly fun!).

Guests may also partake in complimentary self-guided tours of the on-site hiking and nature trails (map available). A favorite destination is our Jungle Birdwatch Tower, just a short hike from the lodge and cabanas. Here you climb stairs to a deck 20 feet off the ground, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of a jungle landscape brimming with different trees, plants, birds, and wildlife.

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US Tel: 1-304-224-2136

Belize Tel: 011-501-670-2113

San Antonio, Cayo, Belize
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