The Cayo District Sights

Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and Botanical Collections

  • Mile 8, Mountain Pine Ridge Rd. (aka Chiquibul Rd.) Map It
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Green Hills is the largest and best of Belize's butterfly farms open to the public, with about 30 native species in a huge flight area on display at any given time. (Some 90 species have been raised at the farm.) Jan Meerman, who has published a book on Belize's butterflies and moths, runs the place with Dutch partner Tineke Boomsma and other staff. The staff speak English, Spanish, Dutch, Yucatec Maya, and Creole. On the 100-acre grounds also are many flowers, including passion flowers, bromeliads, heliconias, and orchids. Birding is good here as well. Bring lunch and eat it on the Green Hills picnic area. A cave, Pempem ("butterfly" in the Yucatec Maya language) is on the grounds but is not open to the public.

Sight Information

Address:

Mile 8, Mountain Pine Ridge Rd. (aka Chiquibul Rd.), El Progresso/7 Mile, Belize

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Phone:

834-4017

Sight Details:

  • Guided tour BZ$20 adults, BZ$10 children under 10
  • Daily 8–4, last tour 3:30

Published 07/22/2015

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Average Rating

Apr 6, 2016

Rude and Unfriendly Proprietor

We were told by our resort that the Butterfly Ranch was open to stop in guests until the last tour at 3:30. After walking in very high temperatures thinking that we would get a rest at the ranch and have a chance to buy water, we were rudely turned away by the woman who is one of the proprietors of the ranch. Although our resort told us that they have always had "walk-ins", the rude owner of the ranch told us they had another tour group

and could not accommodate us. The other tour had just begun and we were surprised that we could not join the group. To add insult to injury, the rude woman yelled at us as we tried to take a picture of baby ducklings from a respectable distance. It seems that the ranch has very interesting things to offer according to other reviews, but the hostess is not so hospitable. Neither she nor her staff even offered us a chance to purchase water before we were chased away. I ended up with a heat rash and my travel partner and I both felt as if we were very close to heat stroke by the time we made it back to our resort. This really does not seem like a safe option for anyone who is older or for children if it is a hot day. Overall, if you must see the butterfly ranch, I would make sure that you have an appointment, a back-up plan, plenty of water, and an air conditioned vehicle to climb into after your visit. Nevertheless, I would really recommend spending your money with another local business that will appreciate and desire your business, as well as treat you like a human being.

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