Rio Frio Cave

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Attraction
Type of Attraction
Cave
District/Region
Cayo
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Highlights
  • Hiking, Swimming
  • Maya Relics
  • Waterfalls
  • Fresh Water Pools

About Location
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 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. Take a trip here and be captivated by the pristine wonders of Belize.
 
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Tours & Shuttles
$
105
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$
159
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Rio Frio Cave is an ancient monument in Belize. It is located in the district of Cayo, in the central part of the country, 40 km southwest of the capital, Belmopan. Rio Frio Caves ... moreare located 470 meters above sea level. – Wikipedia 

Getting There:

Since you’ll be doing this tour in combination with Caracol Temples, your journey will commence as we board our vehicle at Caracol, then make our way back through the Mountain Pine Ridge road where after 45 to 60 minutes, you’ll divert from the main road onto a short drive to the Rio Frio Cave Site. At the parking lot, you’ll onboard, then walk to the cave site where you’ll be amazed by the massive cave opening and its intriguing cavern which you are free to explore.

At the site

Two massive 65ft entryways make it extra accessible and creates natural lighting inside. Huge stalactites hang from its massive cathedral-like vault room sized boulders on the ground where a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls.

Departure:

After a short exploration (it only takes about 30 mins to see the cave entirely), you’ll walk the trail up to the parking lot and onto your next adventure spot (in this case Big Rock Falls)
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Approx. 35 – 50 mins (at Rio On Pools)
What to bring: Sunscreen, bug repellent, sunglasses, solid athletic shoes, light clothing, camera.
Provided: Snacks & bottled water.

Rio Frio Cave is an ancient monument in Belize. It is located in the district of Cayo, in the central part of the country, 40 km southwest of the capital, Belmopan. Rio Frio Caves are located 470 meters above sea level. – Wikipedia 

Getting There:

Since you’ll be doing this tour in combination with Caracol Temples, your journey will commence as we board our vehicle at Caracol, then make our way back through the Mountain Pine Ridge road where after 45 to 60 minutes, you’ll divert from the main road onto a short drive to the Rio Frio Cave Site. At the parking lot, you’ll onboard, then walk to the cave site where you’ll be amazed by the massive cave opening and its intriguing cavern which you are free to explore.

At the site

Two massive 65ft entryways make it extra accessible and create natural lighting inside. Huge stalactites hang from its massive cathedral-like vault room-sized boulders on the ground where a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls.

Departure:

After a short exploration (it only takes about 30 mins to see the cave entirely), you’ll walk the trail up to the parking lot and onto your next adventure spot (in this case Big Rock Falls)
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Approx. 35 – 50 mins (at Rio On Pools)
What to bring: Sunscreen, bug repellent, sunglasses, solid athletic shoes, light clothing, camera.
Provided: Snacks & bottled water.

Big Rock Falls is a 150-foot waterfall on Privassion River, in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of the Cayo District of Belize. – Wikipedia
If you’re visiting with children or non-swimmers please let us know this ahead of time so as to provide life jackets or other floatables for their convenience. Also, you must be very mindful of the elderly and the young, be sure they (kids) are obedient enough to follow the guide’s rules, especially when climbing up or down the cliff.

Note: Please watch your step and be very precautious when walking on the rocks on your way and at the pools as rocks are very slippery. Be attentive with children or your partner as there are water currents. 

Getting There: After Rio Frio Caves, we embark on a short drive of about 25 minutes down Pine Ridge Road onto the Big Rock Falls parking lot.

At the site: The waterfall is approximately a 5 to 8 minutes walk from the parking lot so you want to take everything you’ll need with you for an enjoyable time at the waterfall. From the parking lot, we’ll be walking through a little trail that leads to quite a steep climb down to the river valley. Flip-flops are not advisable for this part of the trek. Once we’ve made our way carefully down that cliff, the tremendous view of water rushing over the huge 150-ft rock formations and plummeting into the deep rounded pool at its base provides a rush of excitement. Our walk through the granite boulders takes us to the waterfall pool.

You won’t regret visiting this site for a nice cold swim amidst the scorching Belizean heat. You may choose to swim all the way up to the water fall but try to contain the temptation to climb up any of the wet rocks, or do so at your own risk, they tend to get very slippery. Your guide will allow you ample time to swim or bask at your own leisure. When you feel you’ve had your fix, he’ll escort you back to the parking lot.

Departure: Getting out of the river bank entails a climb up the steep cliff. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Slow and steady does it. You may choose to change into dry clothes while you’re at the river bank or when you get to the vehicle. There are no changing rooms or restrooms.

You’ll then board our vehicle to traverse the same road through the villages and back into San Ignacio, returning around 5:00 PM or otherwise depending on your own pace. 

Duration: Approx. 1 – 1.5 hours (at Big Rock Falls)
Difficulty level: Moderate
What to bring: Swimwear, change of clothes, hiking or water shoes (no flip-flops), sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a camera, and just about anything that would enhance your visit.
Provided: Towels, snacks, and water.
$
120
-
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Lying in the heart of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and deep within an almost untouched jungle, explore one of the world’s most impressive Maya Pyramids. Caracol “The Snail” is considered ... moreto represent the largest Maya city in Belize and is home to the largest man-made structure in the country. Caana “Sky Place” is Caracol’s tallest structure, standing over 140 feet above the jungle canopy, where visitors can climb to the top and marvel at 360 panoramic views of the jungle below. Afterward the visit Rio Frio Cave and then you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Rio On Pools. Formed by granite boulders, this series of natural swimming pools is a popular spot to unwind and cool off.
$
114
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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This is a very popular tour for those exploring the Cayo District. Your expert guide will take you on a day-long trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, where you will get ... moreto explore 3 of its beautiful natural attractions. 

Rio Frio Cave has a huge opening and is easily accessible. Just a short walk from the parking lot, you will be able to explore this impressive cave, which has one of the biggest openings in all of Belize. The Rio Frio (Cold River) calmly flows through the cave, and you should be able to spot pieces of ancient Mayan Pottery. The mud in the river is often used for spa treatments, as it is rich with nutrients.

Take a short drive from Rio Free Cave to the very popular Rio On Pools. Your guide will first take you to an overlook where you can take stunning pictures of the natural pools and small waterfalls from above. Then take a short hike down to the pools, which is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch or cold beverage as you relax in the small pools and waterfalls. Try out the fun natural waterslide, too!

After Rio On Pools, finish your day off with a swim at Big Rock Falls. This is a more challenging hike as you must climb down several sets of steep stairs to reach the falls. The view of the 150-foot falls and swimming in the deeper pools is worth the hike! After climbing back up the stairs, reward yourself with a delicious dinner at the nearby Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by famous filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. If you still have energy left, ask your guide to show you some hidden small ruins on your way back to San Ignacio.
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