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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

24 km southeast of San Ignacio,Western Belize, San Ignacio, Belize

The Basics

There are numerous ways to visit the park, though it’s generally easier to opt for a tour. Tours can be either relaxing, with swims and picnics, or bordering on extreme adventure—such as hiking to Thousand Foot Falls, Central America’s largest waterfall, or spelunking in the Rio Frio Cave. There are also opportunities to spot the rich wildlife in this area, including tapirs and toucans, though jaguars only come out at night.

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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio
$96.16 per adult
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The road was a little bumpy but well...
The road was a little bumpy but well worth seeing the Rio On Pools and Big River Falls. We were fortunate that we had a private tour but area is out a bit and not a lot of vans. Well worth the cost to do this.
Timothy L, Feb 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in San Ignacio

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Full Day with Caracol, Nature Walk, Pools on Rio, Rio Frio Cave, and Big Rock Falls
Michael_G, Aug 2021
Caracol Day Trip & Mountain Pine Ridge from San Ignacio
Good full day trip here. Included stops at the Rio Frio Cave, Pools on Rio with option to swim, Big Rocks Falls (waterfall), nature walk around Caracol, and plenty of time to explore Caracol. Journey to the site from San Ignacio is paved half the way with the last half along a dirt-clay road. Really enjoyed the trip, a mixture of sites that I would not have seen doing separate bookings. Guide was really fun and you could tell he enjoyed his work which made it more fun and interesting for the group.
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The ride to Caracol wasn't too bad...
Devaka Y, Aug 2017
Caracol Day Trip & Mountain Pine Ridge from San Ignacio
The ride to Caracol wasn't too bad. The ruins are amazing and swimming in the waterfall after was also great.
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Excellent tour. The guide was part...
Harrison H, Jan 2017
Caracol Day Trip & Mountain Pine Ridge from San Ignacio
Excellent tour. The guide was part of the excavation project in the '90's and had lots of excellent insight into the archaeology and history of the area. On the return trip, he was flexible on our visit to a local cave and the Rio on Pools swimming site. The driver provided the opportunity for a stop en-route, which was appreciated. The vehicle was clean and in good shape considering its arduous daily journey. The driver took his time with potholes, making for a very pleasant ride given the rough circumstances.
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Fantastic day out with a friendly...
Immo B, Mar 2016
Caracol Day Trip & Mountain Pine Ridge from San Ignacio
Fantastic day out with a friendly knowledgeable guide!
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We had a really fabulous time on...
Gina, Mar 2017
Caracol Day Trip & Mountain Pine Ridge from San Ignacio
We had a really fabulous time on this tour. Our guide, Selwin, is of Mayan decent and is very knowledgeable and provided all kinds of great information. It takes over two hours to get to Caracol and the road is very bumpy but once out there, it's quiet and feels like a very authentic, rather than touristy, archaeological site. We were a little rushed at the end and did feel like we didn't have enough time at the largest buildings. The site closes at 2:00 and it's hard to fit everything in with the time allotted. The tour included a visit to a cave and swimming at a waterfall. Be sure to bring your swimming suit and and a towel. Pack bug spray and sunscreen as well.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mountain Pine Ridge is a must-visit for nature lovers or anyone looking for a chance to spot wildlife in Belize.
  • Bring sun protection, bug spray, and comfortable shoes.
  • Most activities require some mobility and many are not suitable for children.
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How to Get There

The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is located in the lush Belizean inland, about a 3-hour drive southwest from Belize City or around 1.5 hours by car from San Ignacio. There’s no real public transportation in the area, so those wanting to explore the reserve will need to join a tour or rent a car.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the reserve is during the dry season, which runs from the end of November and continues through around the middle of April (although it's also the busiest time of year). Note that the road can get fairly difficult in the wet summer season and requires strong knowledge of the area as well as a good dose of patience.

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Wildcard

The Caracol archaeological Reserve Visiting Belize’s largest Mayan site, Caracol archaeological Reserve, requires passing through the Mountain Pine Ridge, and it’s certainly worth a stop if you’re a fan of history (it’s also a de facto stop on many tours). Here you'll find thousands of structures, five plazas, and numerous intricate carvings. Historians believe that this area was occupied as far back as 1200 BC.

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