Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Nature Reserve
District/Region
Cayo
Description
Highlights
  • Tropical Landscape
  • Maya Mountains
  • Streams & Waterfall
About Location
As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve covers 300 square miles of area, but visitors are surprised to find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape; here, pine needles rather than palm fronds, fill the landscape. This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens.

Orchids and ferns of many varieties grow abundantly throughout the pine forest while rare and endangered bird species such as the orange-breasted falcon and the king vulture may be sighted.
 
Features:
Camping
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$
500
/ Person
Provider:
Spend 3 days exploring the best of the jungle. You can't go wrong with this adventure package! Day 1 - Pick up and transfer to Kane Villas (includes grocery stop)... more
Day 2 - Visit Caracol Mayan Ruin, Rio Frio Cave & Rio On Pools
Day 3 - Canoe Barton Creek & Zipline or 1000 ft. Falls
Day 4 - Check out and transfer

Mahalo House
May 1 - Nov 30, 2018: $1449
Dec 1 - 14, 2018: $1549
Dec 15 - Jan 5, 2019: $1619
Jan 6 - Apr 30, 2019: $1549
May 1 - Nov 30, 2019: $1499
*price is for 2 persons, each additional person is $500

Villa
May 1 - Nov 30, 2018: $1399
Dec 1 - 14, 2018: $1499
Dec 15 - Jan 5, 2019: $1599
Jan 6 - Apr 30, 2019: $1499
May 1 - Nov 30, 2019: $1449
*price is for 2 persons, each additional person is $500

Additional Details:

9% government hotel tax included in the package.

Round-trip transfer to/from anywhere in Belize City or the International Airport. Elsewhere in the country is subject to an additional charge.

All tours include transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, and lunch.

Groceries not included.

Gratuities not included.

Tours in any package may be substituted - the cost of the package may differ based on changes.

Please note that there is no refund or credit for unused package items.

$
200
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$
275
/ Group
Type of Vehicle:
Full Size Van
Provider:
We feature safe, reliable and comfortable air-conditioned 15 seat vans and minivans. Call us today to ride in comfort.
$
120
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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 ... morein 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.
$
80
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Swim all day in nature’s own therapeutic waters. Visit the Rio-Frio caves, Rio-on Pools, Five Sisters and the magnificent Big Rock waterfalls. ... more

We could try to describe this fun-filled day to you but this one is better off letting everyone participate in what we simply describe as un-Belize-able.
$
95
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
A great tour combination for the adventurous traveler would be the Barton Creek and Big Rock tour. After enjoying the mystical tour of the underworld in a canoe; we prepare for an ... morehour and a half drive on the Mountain Pine Ridge road to Big Rock Falls. This impressive waterfall is the most beautiful in the area, it is 100 ft high boasting a deep emerald pool filled with spring water perfect for swimming, or for the more adventurous; cliff jumping. The tremendous view of water rushing over giant granite rock and plummeting into the perfectly round pool at its base provides a rush of excitement.outcroppings. The footpath to the falls is a 20 minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down to the valley below.
$
1,249
/ Person
Day 1: AIRPORT/CRYSTAL PARADISE You will be met at the airport by your Belizean bird guide and transferred to your jungle lodge accommodations. Optional stop to visit the Belize Zoo ... more(entrance fee not included, US$15/pp). We check into our accommodations at Crystal Paradise after a short orientation.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. /D

Day 2: MACAL RIVER CANOEING – morning or afternoon
Canoeing on the Macal River. While canoeing we have the chance to see Neotropic Cormorants, Mangrove Swallows, Kingfishers, Gray-necked Wood-rails and other wildlife that frequent the riverbanks such as iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and trees.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 3: EL PILAR
We will make an afternoon visit to El Pilar, a Maya site, and flora/fauna reserve. It is excellent for birding, hiking, and provides an insight to Belize’s sub-tropical forests. We will make stops along the way to view such birds as the Collared Manakins and Honeycreepers an array of flycatchers etc. We will then return to our accommodations after witnessing a Belizean sunset.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 4: Mountain Pine Ridge/Rio on Pools/Rio Frio Caves
The Cayo District’s principal town of San Ignacio is the gateway to some of Belize’s most precious ecological gems. After breakfast at the hotel, we will experience the wonders of Mountain Pine Ridge.

Bring along your walking shoes, swimwear and adventurous mind for a full day of activity. The reserve is teaming with hills and valleys, rivers and falls, swimming holes and caves, all surrounded by the majestic beauty of Pine Forests. Our main stops will be at the Rio Frio Caves, Rio on Pools and weather and road conditions permitting, you’ll get a chance to see the 1000 ft. Hidden Valley Waterfalls. Bring along your binoculars, as there is much to see in the line of exotic flora and fauna, endemic only to this extremely rugged, but beautiful part of the county. Lunch is included before returning back to Crystal Paradise Resort. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 5: Spanish Lookout & Laguna Aguacate
A 45-minute drive north of Crystal Paradise through rolling green hills brings you to Spanish Lookout, a modern-day Mennonite settlement reminiscent of Pennsylvania farmlands. Several different habitats in the area make it a favorable birding destination. The area consists of Savannah, open farmland, and subtropical forest around the lake. In the open land and pastures, it is easy to find Vermillion Flycatchers, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-Tailed Kites and Hawks, Laughing Falcons, Meadowlarks, Swallows, Herons, Jabiru storks just to name a few. Aguacate Lagoon Reserve is located about 20 minutes beyond the community and provides a birdwatcher’s paradise. In the forest around the lake common sighting may include Jacamars, Trogons, Puff-birds, Crested Guans and Great Curassows. Other birds may include Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Night Herons, rails, and Crakes. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 6: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Belize City/Belize Airport.B/

** itinerary is subject to change once here due to weather conditions or unforeseen events***
$
1,489
/ Person
Day 1: BELIZE CITY /CRYSTAL PARADISE You will be met at the airport by your Belizean bird guide and transferred to your jungle lodge accommodations. Optional stop to visit the Belize ... moreZoo (entrance fee to Zoo not included). We check into our accommodations at Crystal Paradise after a short orientation. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. /D

Day 2: TIKAL OVERNIGHT
Breakfast at Crystal Paradise. Travel 1 ½ hr drive into neighboring Guatemala to visit a very important Maya site. Located in the Peten lowland of Guatemala, this huge Classic Period Maya site, rich in jungle flora and fauna, is considered one of the world’s premier Archaeological Reserves. The park consists of 225+ square kilometers Guided tour of Tikal Maya site itself. Lunch at Tikal. Dinner and Overnight at Tikal Inn. Departure fee and park fee not included, US$20.00 + US$22/pp
O/N Tikal Inn. B/L/D

Day 3: TIKAL/RETURN CRYSTAL PARADISE/AFTERNOON LEISURE/
After breakfast at Tikal Inn, you will be transferred to Crystal Paradise Resort. You will spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the grounds at Crystal Paradise for the rest of the day. 
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B/L/D

Day 4: ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM)
This is one of the most impressive and mystical trips imaginable. A gallery like one has never seen before! Over 200 ceramic vessels adorn the chambers of Actun Tunichil Muknal. The culture, history and geological formations create an unrivaled natural museum. Travel back in time as we explore this large cave, untouched since the Maya last visited centuries ago.

Located in the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature reserve, 6,700 acres managed by the Belize Audubon Society, a huge entrance in a limestone hill welcomes you at the end of your 45-minute walk through lush, undisturbed jungle vegetation.

O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B/L/D

Day 5: CHECHEM HA CAVE
You will take a short hike through the jungle to this complex cave system was discovered in 1989 by the Morales. Exploring the caves will allow you to view large stalactite formations, intact ancient artifacts such as large storage vessels, plates, burial grounds and mysterious stelae. These Caves have been abandoned since the Pre-Classic 600 B.C – 800 A.D.

After the cave, you will be treated to a home-cooked lunch, served at the home of the Morales. After lunch, you may decide to hike down for a refreshing swim or simply sit back atop a hill and take in the view of the valleys.

O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B/L/D

Day 6: CAVE TUBING
Cave tubing is one of most popular and fun tour to do in Belize. Caves Branch (Nooch Chen) consists of a series of caves found on the caves branch river located about 1 ½ hrs drive from the lodge. Once we get there you can change into your swimwear grab an inner tube, life jacket, and headlamp and off we go on an easy 45-minute walk on a jungle trail as your guide explains the plants and wildlife you may encounter and see along the way. Swim in one of Belize crystal clear river or getting started on the fun part is sitting on the inner tube to float through the caves. If you wish to combine this tour with Ziplining then, there is an extra fee of US$45/pp for the zip lining adventure; this can be paid at the site. Lunch not included on this day

O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B//D

Day 7: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE/RIO ON POOLS/RIO FRIO CAVE
The Cayo District’s principal town of San Ignacio is the gateway to some of Belize’s most precious ecological gems. After breakfast at the hotel, we will experience the wonders of Mountain Pine Ridge. Bring along your walking shoes, swimwear and adventurous mind for a full day of activity. The reserve is teaming with hills and valleys, rivers and falls, swimming holes and caves, all surrounded by the majestic beauty of Pine Forests. Our main stops will be at the Rio Frio Caves, Rio on Pools and weather and road conditions permitting, you’ll get a chance to see the 1000 ft. Hidden Valley Waterfalls. Bring along your binoculars, as there is much to see in the line of exotic flora and fauna, endemic only to this extremely rugged, but beautiful part of the county.

O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B/D

Day 8: FREE DAY
This day is for you to relax after all the active adventure; you can enjoy a massage, or add an extra tour to your package. 

O/N Crystal Paradise Resort, B/L/D

Day 9: DEPARTURE
Breakfasts and transfer to Belize International Airport. B/

***itinerary is subject to change once here due to weather conditions or unforeseen events***
$
85
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE Rio on Pools, Rio Frio Cave, and Big Rock Falls The Mountain Pine Ridge reserve is over 100,000 acres of protected forest. It is comprised mainly of Honduras pine ... moreforests, some wetlands, the Macal River valley and some subtropical forests. The area is mainly granite and limestone, and the area is home to numerous rivers, springs, waterfalls, and caves. This is truly a nature lover’s haven! There is a small forest ranger post and very little habitation, save for a couple of isolated Mayan communities and a small settlement of Mennonites. A former logging settlement at San Luis is now abandoned since the area has been protected since the 1940s. 

This stunning and unique natural habitat is home to numerous bird and mammal species and is a great place for birdwatching and enjoying the peace of the natural environment. The first feature of the reserve that we will explore is the Rio Frio Cave, the source of the Rio Frio river and the largest cave entrance in Belize. Our next stop is the Rio On Pools, a series of shimmering natural swimming holes and rock water-slides that allow for cooling relaxation and meditation.

Enjoy a water massage from cascading waterfalls that run over a wide river bed and smooth granite rocks. We take a homemade picnic lunch break at the pools, followed by a short drive to our next destination, the fabulous Big Rock Falls, 150-foot waterfall on Privassion Creek. Here, the cool spray of mist from the waterfall refreshes swimmers in the clear, deep pool below. This is a day of hiking, spelunking, and swimming with opportunities for wildlife watching not to be missed!
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Mountain Pine Ridge is a nature reserve in the Cayo District, Belize. It is one of the most heavily visited reserve that covers 300square miles. There are pine needle trees and granite ... morerocks that make the landscape stounding. It is the oldest and largest protected area in Belize.
Rio On Pools is a scenic place that is located amidst a forested area in the Mountain Pine Ridge. It consists of a number of waterfalls and rocks formations with naturally formed pools.
Rio Frio Cave: Is a 65ft tall cave opening boasting stalactites, stalagmites, with a majestic scenic view with a clear refreshing stream passing through in the far end of the cave.
Big Rock Falls: This spectacular fall is 150ft cascading on the Provision river, in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Your adventure starts with an 8 am pick up from your San Ignacio hotel. You will then have a short drive to the stables where your personal guide will enthrall you with the site's ... morehistory and fauna of the archeologically rich San Lorenzo area for approximately two hours. Once you leave the farm you then take an approximately 1-hour drive to the amazing Big Rock Falls. Once at the falls you will enjoy your home cooked lunch. Although the path to the falls will require some physical agility, the opportunity to witness and swim close to this spectacular 150-foot cascade is a must see. After a few hours frolicking in the water, you will be ready for your drive back to your San Ignacio hotel. Alternatively, you may opt to curtail your time at Big Rock Falls and enjoy the sedate Rio On Pools as well before driving to your hotel.
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