Butterfly Falls

Butterfly Falls is a shimmering waterfall hidden in the Mountain Ridge Nature Preserve. However, the land it is on is controlled by the Hidden Valley Inn and the path to the waterfall is generally restricted to hotel guests.


Located in Central Belize, northwest of Placencia, Butterfly Falls invites visitors rooming in this section of Belize. Even if you are not staying very close, you should feel free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It is southeast of San Ignacio.

This waterfall is the quintessential tropical rain forest waterfall. The water appears to shine as it flows eighty feet down the rocks into a pool of equally shimmering, yet clear, water. All this is surrounded by the dense rain forest. Relaxing will not be a problem here, as you listen to the soft rumble of the water while on the banks watching the white and blue butterflies gliding through the air.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a few restaurants in the neighborhood surrounding Butterfly Falls to keep visitors contented. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves International dishes, is also the closest restaurant to the waterfall.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that like waterfalls, and are interested in visiting others, might check out Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools; both of which are a little ways off, but within reach if you've got a car. You'll find some additional places of interest nearby, including Mountain Pine Ridge found within driving distance in Central Belize. Also, you might consider visiting Rio On Pools, another attraction in the vicinity.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't get bored. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Butterfly Falls
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Mountain Pine Ridge Other Activities/Excursions 2.1 mi. (24.1 km) WNW 14.9 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio On Pools GeoFeature 3.5 mi. (20.9 km) NW 13.0 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio Frio Cave GeoFeature 4.4 mi. (20.7 km) NW 12.8 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum Other Attraction 10.4 mi. (10.0 km) NNW 6.2 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio



Hidden Valley Inn is located in the very middle of the Mountain Ridge Nature Preserve. Since the way to the waterfall is guarded by them, it is suggested that asking them, or a tour group around their hotel for the best way.


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