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Rio On Pools

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Address: Mountain Pine Ridge Cayo District, Belize
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US$ 125.00*
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Thousand Foot Falls and Rio On Pools Tour from San Ignacio
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Rio On Pool, Rio Frio Cave and Caracol Maya Ruin Tour
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US$ 115.00*
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Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch

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Gorgeous pools - but watch out for leeches

The road out is fairly bumpy, so expect slow going. We drove from San Ignacio and it took almost two hours. It had been raining, so maybe the road was more rutted than usual... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The road out is fairly bumpy, so expect slow going. We drove from San Ignacio and it took almost two hours. It had been raining, so maybe the road was more rutted than usual. The pools themselves are quite beautiful, with several small waterfalls and natural water slides. There are a few sandy beaches for a picnic lunch. The only... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rio cuts through some spectacular granitic rocks creating small and large falls over about a half mile stretch that's easily accessible for picnics, swimming (skinny dipping?) and whatever...Our stop came at the tail end of a trip to Caracol, so we were all ready to immerse ourselves in the cool waters...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very inaccessible unless you're taking a tour, this area of small waterfalls and pools is a lovely place to relax and cool off after a tour of Caracol and is included in every tour. There's a vantage point you'll see first to take great photos and then the guide will walk you down to the water where it's quite safe... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very wide space in the river, with many pools and little waterfalls. Very scenic and and relaxing. We were only there are short time (as part of a larger tour) but it would be nice place to bring a picnic and stay for a few hours.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went during the off season so the pools were virtually empty. The pools are created by a series of waterfalls. Each pool depth is different. During summer months, our guide explained that the pools will be filled with people - locals and tourists as a way to beat the heat. You can choose to take a dip if you... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

You can get here by car and it is free. The rocks can be very slippery so be careful. Great to combine with trip to Caracol. Be aware there are also small black leeches in the water and they will like you. Worth it!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Follow the signs and you will end up at a covered scenic lookout of the pools and its cascading waterfalls. There is a very steep set of stairs that lead down from there but if you want to get in the pools head back up the road until you see a turnout and an unmarked trail head. Park there and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

The water is refreshing and the pools are only a short easy walk from the parking area. Changing areas are available if you are bashful. Rocks are slick so take you time getting to the water and testing the surety of your footing. The Rio Pools can get busy when the tours start to leave Caracol but there still seemed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

If you're passing by Rio on the Pools, then you're hot and sticky. Water was refreshing, atmosphere relaxing. Can't go wrong to dive in. A beer would have made this stop, just that much better.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Some reviewers said to wear water shoes or Keens. I went barefoot. I don't think shoes would give a grip to save you from slipping on these rocks. By going barefoot, you can test/feel if there's a slippery spot or not. With each step, you can find the non-slippery spots and work your way down to the water. Some parts... More 

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