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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve Tours

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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Established as a reserve in 1944, the over 100,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge is easily the most breathtaking scenery in all of the Cayo District, if not Belize. The Chiquibul Road will lead you through pine forests, waterfalls, cascading water pools over granite boulders and the Maya Mountains in the distance – it’s a sight to be seen. Touring the area can be done from San Ignacio by car, as there is no public transportation out this way. The road can get fairly difficult in the wet summer season and requires strong knowledge of the area as well as a good dose of patience. There are opportunities for stops showing the varied landscapes of the reserve, including at the Rio on Pools for a fresh water swim or exploring the limestone Rio Frio Cave.

Tours can be either relaxing, with swims and picnics, or bordering on extreme adventure – such as hiking to Thousand Foot Falls, Central America’s largest waterfall. Visits to the Belize’s highest Mayan structure, at the Caracol Archeological Reserve, also require passing through the Mountain Pine Ridge. There are also opportunities to spot the rich wildlife in this area, including tapirs and toucans, though jaguars only come out at night.
Address: San Ignacio, Belize
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Day Trips

Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch

Explore the ancient Maya city of Caracol with a full-day tour from San Ignacio that includes the Río On pools and the Río Frio caves. Follow your guide through the vast archaeological site, stand in the field of the ball court, and take in sweeping views of the jungle from the peak of the sky temple pyramid. Follow the history of Caracol in the glyphs, stelae, and carvings throughout the site, and then finish your day swimming in natural pools and visiting a vast limestone cave system in Pine Ridge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Archaeology Tours

Caracol Day Trip & Water Fall from San Ignacio

Awaken your inner archaeologist as you explore the sprawling Mayan ruins of Caracol. Departing from San Ignacio, you’ll journey deep into the jungles of Belize to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve — home to one of the largest Mayan sites in the country. Your expert guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Caracol, which was once a mighty city and a rival of neighboring Tikal in Guatemala. Explore magnificent plazas, temples, palaces, and an observatory while learning about the social and religious practices of the ancient Mayans. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included on this full-day tour.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio

Discover pristine forests, limestone caves and scenic waterfalls on a full-day trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio. Visit the hidden source of the Rio Frio river, then slip into the water at a series of natural pools and rock slides. Pause for a picnic lunch before continuing to Big Rock Falls, a 150-foot (46-meter) waterfall that gives off a cooling spray of mist as it tumbles into a clear, deep swimming hole, then return to San Ignacio through the rugged mountain terrain.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Xunantunich Maya Temple and Big Rock Falls combo

Step back in time at one of Belize’s most impressive Mayan sites, the ancient city of Xunantunich. Cross a hand-cranked ferry to reach the hilltop ruins, where you can explore former palaces, plazas, and ball courts with a guide and climb to the top of a ceremonial stone temple. After this archaeological adventure, head to the Mountain Pine Ridge region for a refreshing swim in Big Rock Falls.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Archaeology Tours

Rio On Pool, Rio Frio Cave and Caracol Maya Ruin Tour

Journey to the realm of the ancient Mayan civilization on a day trip to Caracol, Belize’s largest ruins. Feel like an archaeologist as you explore excavated plazas, palaces, and ceremonial temples that rise out of the jungle. On the way back to San Ignacio, travel through the starkly different Mountain Pine Ridge landscape, stopping for a refreshing soak in the Rio On pool and a homemade Belizean lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Full-Day Caracol Maya Temple and Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Follow the footsteps of the ancient Maya on a full-day trip to Caracol from San Ignacio, and go deep into the jungle to discover a remarkable archeological site. Watch for bright tropical birds and howler monkeys as you explore the sprawling ruined city, and take in views of rolling forest canopy from the top of the Caana pyramid. Trace the history of the site in a vivid series of carved stelae and stone altars, then visit a natural swimming pool in the Mountain Pine Ridge before returning to the city.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

Belize 3 Days and 2 nights 5 tours starting from Belize City

See the best of Belize in just three days with this package. Throughout the course of your tour, you'll get the chance to discover the Nohoceen Caves by inner-tube or kayak, look for birds and wildlife, explore the ruins at Caracol, and stop to check out the Rio on Pools and Big Rock Falls.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Dining Experiences

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Private Waterfall Picnic

Romance and waterfalls just go together, particularly the bountiful beauty of Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve’s private waterfalls. The only private waterfall picnic lunch with sparkling wine experience!
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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