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.


Set in Central Belize, northwest of Placencia, Butterfly Falls welcomes local customers and visitors who are lodging in this section of Belize. But even if you aren't staying nearby, you should consider stopping by to check it out. From this location, San Ignacio is to the northwest.

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

If your stomach begins to growl, visitors can choose from at least a few lunch and dinner spots in the area around this waterfall. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which has a menu full of International dishes, is also the closest restaurant to the waterfall. Also nearby, you will come across eateries such as Pine Ridge Restaurant and Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant where you and your companions may try a bit of Caribbean dishes and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that are a fan of waterfalls, and have the energy to view some others, should check out Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools; both are within driving distance of this waterfall. Other nearby attractions include Mountain Pine Ridge found within traveling range in Central Belize. Additionally, think about checking out Rio On Pools, another attraction in the vicinity.

Waterfalls are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit in Belize. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

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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