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.


Situated in Central Belize, northwest of Placencia, Butterfly Falls always welcomes residents and travelers rooming in this area of Belize. But even if you aren't staying very close, you are free to stop by to check out the sights. It's 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 just enough restaurants in the community near the waterfall to keep vacationers satisfied. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves International dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for waterfall visitors.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that enjoy waterfalls, and are interested in visiting others, should check out Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools; which are both within traveling distance of this page's waterfall. Additional nearby attractions include Mountain Pine Ridge found within traveling distance in Central Belize. Also consider heading over to Rio On Pools, another attraction nearby.

The waterfall is one type of attraction you can visit, 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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