Belize Natural History Museum & Butterfly Farm
Natural History and Butterflies Come Alive
A scenic walk along the Macal River from the Camp takes visitors to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s main area and two of our most popular attractions – the Belize Natural History Museum and the Butterfly Farm.
And while the centre is often referred to as the museum, and the butterfly farm is more a breeding facility than, say, our actual produce-producing Maya organic farm, they’re both fascinating… and free.
Yes, Chaa Creek and Macal River Camp guests are welcome, and encouraged, to visit these educational resources that have over the years introduced thousands of visitors, students and researchers to the Belize’s vibrant natural and cultural worlds with a highlight on Belize’s iconic Blue Morpho and other butterflies.
The Belize Natural History Museum contains one section dedicated to the Maya of Belize, with actual ancient artefacts found on the grounds of Chaa Creek and the reproduction of a traditional Maya dwelling helping to illustrate the historical information and scheduled lectures about this fascinating, highly advanced and enigmatic people.
Another section highlights Belize’s ecological evolution and natural and geo-history with illustrated timelines and displays of butterflies, birds, insects and fossils – including an ancient mastodon tooth found on the property – to give visitors an historical overview from Belize’s earliest beginnings to the various environmental projects Chaa Creek continues to sponsor today.
Together the displays acquaint visitors with Belizean nature and Maya culture, and has them leaving with a better understanding and appreciation of the world around them – especially when walking through Chaa Creek’s 400-acre nature reserve or visiting Belize’s many Maya temples and archaeological sites.
The butterfly farm, established in the 1990s, continues to be immensely popular with visitors of all ages and interests. To see the cobalt blue, mesmerising giant butterflies emerge from their chrysalis stage is an unforgettable sight that never fails to delight adults and children alike. What looks like a pale green dewdrop changes into a voracious caterpillar before morphing into its pupa stage, looking like something out of a science fiction movie before…ta da! One of the world’s most beautiful butterflies emerges.
This is a rare opportunity to see one of nature’s most striking – and beautiful – metamorphosis.
These attractions and more are just a pleasant, picturesque walk from the Camp and are guaranteed to enhance your jungle visit.