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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio

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    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 and some subtropical forest. The area is mainly granite and limestone, and 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, except for a couple of isolated Maya communities and a small settlement of Mennonites. A former logging settlement at San Luis is now abandoned because 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.

    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 day of hiking, spelunking, swimming and possible wildlife watching is not to be missed!
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    Reviewed 22 May 2019 via mobile

    Great day with Daryl, he took fantastic care of the group (3), we were the only people at the pools & big rock, it was incredible! Definitely recommend.

    Thank mslambe
    Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

    We spent yesterday with MayaWalk Tours in pine ridge mountains. The scenery was beautiful - large cave, Rio pools. Big rock waterfall was incredible and the water was perfect for a nice swim. The staff was great and the tour was well worth the price.

    Thank Scott I
    Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

    We had a good time, beautiful places and very good tour guide. We really enjoyed it. I can recommend to do this during your visit in San Ignacio.

    Thank AngieMags
    Reviewed 13 April 2019 via mobile

    We had an absolutely fantastic time with Darryl going to Mountain Pine Ridge. Even though we were expecting a mostly nature-based tour without much information, Darryl told us so much about the history and culture of the areas. He was great and very patient with...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Kathy L
    Reviewed 22 August 2018

    My friend and I took this tour with Darryl as our guide. If I could give him more than 5 stars I definitely would. He was full of information about the area, wildlife and an overall pleasure to be with. So personable, patient, kind and...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Tanya B
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