Upper Macal Jungle River Tour

Listing Type
Tour Type
Aquatic, Inland, Nature
Departs From
San Ignacio Town
Intensity Level
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Elmer R
Location Details
Cayo Welcome Center
About Listing
Nature Trails, River, Wildlife
  • Beautiful Waterfall
  • Hiking
This is a waterfall lover's dream! There are 3 waterfalls on this trip: The unnamed waterfalls, Rio Frio waterfall and the Twin waterfalls. These beautiful waterfalls are located up in the Vaca Reserve which is about 8.5 miles on the Hydro Road which is about one hour drive from downtown San Ignacio. This is my favorite place in Belize!!

From the time you get on the pontoon boat on your way to the waterfalls, you will be engulfed by the beautiful scenery of the river gorge. While enjoying the scenery we travel slowly on the river bank trying to find some wildlife. Some days we see a lot, some days we don’t see anything. Hence the reason I do not guarantee wildlife but the great adventure, scenery and the waterfalls will always be there. However, you will see images of the wildlife we encounter on the trip many times, however, the wildlife is not guaranteed as it is not a zoo.

You can get to the location where the pontoon boat is waiting for us in two ways. One, you drive all the way down to the river bank. Two, you can hike the recently built trails that pass through the jungle while learning about some the traditional edible and healing plants that were used and still used by the Mayas.
Suitable for:
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Towels
  • Sunblock
  • Water and booze!
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
20 people
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Special Instructions for Rates
Please note that price quoted does not include lunch.
The total cost of the options you choose will be added to the total cost of the tour.
Full Day
Hiking, Sightseeing, Swimming
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Guest will be picked up at The Cayo Welcome Center at 8:30 am.
Start Time
Daily8:30 AMFull Day
Hi Guys! Welcome to the adventure! My name is Lozaro Martinez owner of Hide-A-Way Camp Adventure tours and your captain! I was born in 1978. The closest road to our place was at that ... moretime in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. In order for us to get to the farm, it was an 8.5 miles hike or horseback ride through the jungle. There was no vehicle access. I was on a horse 15 days before I was born and back on a horse 15 days after I was born!

I grew up at the farm with a family of 14 siblings. 5 boys and 9 girls. I am number 10 from top down or number 4 from the bottom up. The farm was self-sustainable at the time while life was abundant.

Before the first hydroelectric dam was built when I was a boy, there was no road access, we would take one day a week to explore the beautiful jungle that was around our area. One of my most fund places was the river gorge. The Upper Macal river gorge was at one time a world class whitewater river. The river at this time had beautiful waterfalls a lot of rapids. I would jump from rock to rock and swim upstream on the crystal clear pools that were between the waterfalls and the rapids.

While growing in this lovely environment, I learned how to use all the natural resources that were around. This became my backyard.

After the first hydro named " Mollejon Dam " was built in the upper West Macal river about 20 years ago, the first road access came to our area. Couple years later, I started to work for a company called " Slick Rock " as their head guide for their whitewater company. We ran kayak and rafting trips down the lower end of the West Macal river into the Macal river down to Negro Man Farm.

In 2012, a third hydroelectric dam was built named " Vaca Dam " which is adjacent to my backyard where I grew up jumping from rock to rock. It was a dramatic change in my life, but when life gives you lemon, you make lemonade! So when the construction began, I began working on trails and saving whatever little money I made and later on purchased my first pontoon boat named " La Capitana ". It was the very first boat on the lake that was caused by the Vaca Dam. So, now a lake fell on my lap, boat on my head and I am doing the best I can with the experiences that I have obtained from many of my friends, old wise friends while I was growing up and from other expeditions that I made throughout Central America.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Service Types:
Tours | Activities
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 90 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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