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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

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24 km southeast of San Ignacio | Western Belize, Belize
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Reviewed April 7, 2019

If you plan to be in the Cayo District, the Mountain Pine Ridge is definitely worth your time. You could see the attractions in a day from San Ignacio, but I'd recommend staying near the reserve overnight, otherwise you'll have to make the slow, bumpy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

We didn’t book a tour because we thought we could walk there from San Ignacio. Totally wrong! The front desk guy at our hotel recommended a tour or a taxi to take us there. He hooked us up with a guy named Ben. He took...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2018

It is a bad unpaved road to the reserve, but once inside it is reasonable. Quite son you can see an abrupt transition from lush jungle vegetation to open pine forrest. Some nice falls in the area, some for swimming like Big Rock falls. Be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 469arvidk
Reviewed January 29, 2018

The MPR area has a wide array of different activities such as walking/trekking as well as swimming in its many creeks/streams and birding. The remote Baldy Beacon area with its higher elevation is a favourite area for its numerous streams and abandoned logging trails. With...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

We visited Rio Frio Cave, Rio Frio Pools, and Big Rock Falls. The highlight of the day was stoping at First Stop and having a breakfast burrito. It’s after you turn at San Antonio and wonder if your going to right way cause Belize is...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

We visited 6 different waterfalls and they were all pristine and worth the effort. Some, are very accessible such as Big Rock and Rio On Pools, others don't even have a name and are definitely off the beaten path. With a new road being built,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

Yes, from San Ignacio it is a long bumpy road but it is do-able. Rent a 4x4 and drive yourself, you can do it! We were here in the wet season so not a lot of water: 1000ft fall not worth the visit. Big rock...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank jeannettebloem
Reviewed April 21, 2017

We enjoyed our day in this reserve very much. There's adventure around every corner and that includes the road as well as the scenery! I took a lot of photos but also "snap shots" in my mind forever too. You get a real feel of...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Nita W
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

We took a tour of the jungle on a Polaris through this reserve. We ended up at Sapodilla Waterfall we had a nice picnic and a swim. On the way we stopped at a cavern which was beautiful. We were the only people at both...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank 433denised
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Beautiful views. We drove through the reserve on our way to Caracol, Rio Frio Cave and Rio on Pools.

Date of experience: October 2016
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February 8, 2018|
Response from Mark B |
Yes you can access the waterfall and caves on your own. You'll need a 4WD to drive up there. You can get a guide map of the reserve where it tells you where the caves/pools are. Google maps is also your friend you can map... More