In the small village of San Pedro Columbia, deep in the southern district of Belize, there is a uniquely fascinating place that few people will ever have the pleasure of visiting. If you are planning to visit the Maya ruin site of Lubaantun, see if you can arrange a stop at the Butterfly Eco Park. It’s only about a mile and a half away from Lubaantun and well worth the detour.
The park is a butterfly breeding cooperative that packages and sells cocoons to the US and Europe but it’s also so much more.
They have a guesthouse for accommodations, a river to swim in, horses, and a caretaker that moonlights as a tour guide!
On our winter break adventure, Julia and I took the boys exploring down south and we spent the night at the butterfly park. There are 2 rooms: one with a double bed and one with 3 singles. A shared bathroom has a HOT shower (a brand new on demand water heater was pumping out water at a temperature I’ve become unaccustomed to since living in Belize, Mitch said it was burning him but Ashton seemed to shower for 45 minutes). Accommodations are easy on the wallet- $50 bzd a night per room and include breakfast. Lisa made lovely cinnamon buns with a natural orange glaze that was delicious and a hot cacao drink made from chocolate grown on site.
The real attraction here is the butterfly enclosure. They had two varieties busy populating during our visit- the Blue Morpho and the Owl. Both are showstoppers, big and beautiful.
Did you know butterflies only live as winged beauties for about 14 days? How sad! I guess its true- good looks are fleeting.