Mountain Pine Ridge

8 Hours

Tour Duration


Tour Intensity

Min of 2

Number of persons for the tour

What to bring/wear

  • Good Hiking shoes
  • Bug repellent
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Extra pair of dry clothing
  • Towel
  •  Extra water
  • Snacks
  • Camera

What we provide

  • Transportation
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Gear

Brief information

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Tour Description

The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, known locally as “Pine Ridge” was established in 1944. Its location is in the Cayo District. The Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve Tour is a full-day trip to look at some of Belize’s finest wilderness, is approximately 270 square miles, that’s over 150,000 acres of protected forest. The best way to get to Mountain Pine Ridge will depend on your location. The most popular option is staying in or near San Ignacio and taking a guided tour to the reserve. The area is mainly granite and limestone, and the area is home to numerous rivers, springs, waterfalls, and caves. Top. On this tour of the reserve, you will be going to the three best spots. This pine tree-dominated forest, in recent years decimated by the pine bark beetle, is more than just a vast wooded area. Tourists and visitors find gorges and deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid. 

The Rio Frio Cave

This cave is considered one of the best cave systems in Belize. It is one of the top attractions within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The view of the entry of the cave is in itself amazing, standing 65 feet tall. What awaits inside is nature at its most spectacular forms and has a length of around a quarter-mile. Explore the many natural fresh-water pools, waterfalls and stalactite formations found inside the cave.

The Rio Frio Cave is considered one of the best caving systems throughout Belize. With a length of around a quarter mile, there is no shortage of natural wonders along the way. Explore the many natural fresh-water pools, waterfalls and stalactite formations. This is one of the top attractions within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and is easily accessed at the entry point of the reserve.

The Rio On Pools

The Rio On Pools is a scenic view North of Douglas D’Silva Ranger Station in the Cayo District, hidden in the hills of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is the invigorating spot of Rio on Pools., with its granite, rocks and ledges that form the most aesthetic waterfalls and fresh-water pools. The river banks feature the perfect picnic locations with excellent views of the area. 

The pools are refreshing for a dip and the smooth slabs of granite are perfect for stretching out to dry off. It’s a remote location but a popular spot for tourists to enjoy. Locals also visit the area on long weekends.


Big Rock Falls

 Big Rock Falls is a 150-foot waterfall in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of the Cayo District of Belize. Big Rock Falls is a large waterfall located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve that attracts a number of visitors who enjoy swimming and cliff jumping.

This waterfall was carved from some of the oldest rocks found in Central America. This waterfall is the most photograph falls in all of Belize and relaxation cool spot. Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.


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