The Mountain Pine Ridge reserve is over 100,000 acres of protected forest. It is comprised mainly of Honduras pine and some wetlands, the Macal River valley, as well as some subtropical forest.
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 Maya 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 waterslides 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, a 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!
Duration: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
What to bring: Hiking sandals or trainers, towel, small backpack, a litre of water, bug spray, snacks, swim wear with shorts, camera
Age restriction: None
DepartureSan Ignacio, Cayo District
Departure Time09:00 am
Return Time05:00 pm
Mayawalk ToursMayaWalk Tours is an eco-friendly, family owned, local tour operator based in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize, Central America.
You will be in the best of hands with our professional and friendly guides.
MayaWalk Tours is a Belize tour specialist, focusing on cave and river adventures, including the world-famous ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal).
With over a dozen eco-tours to choose from, our guests will discover the beauty of Belize with horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife watching, cave tubing, spelunking, and much more right at our doorstep.
We are the oldest tour company in the bustling market town of San Ignacio and have been operating adventure tours since 1997. We offer the best adventures in the lush jungles, mysterious caves, and clear rivers and waterfalls of Cayo District. San Ignacio and surroundings offer a stunning and diverse environment, rich in both culture and nature. MayaWalk Tours is based at the heart of the Mundo Maya—the world of the Maya.
Our local guides are more than happy to share their knowledge about the archaeology, natural history and cultural history of the sites that you will visit.
Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely tour or a more rugged adventure, MayaWalk Tours can help you plan a special trip that you will remember for a lifetime!