Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Cayo

4.3
#11 of 20 in Nature in Cayo
The smell of pine trees in the air and the sounds of wild animals, murmuring creeks, and rivers make Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve an enchanting destination for outdoor activities. You can ride a horse, drive a car, or hike along muddy trails through the green, mountainous scenery. The largest complex of Mayan ruins in Belize, located within the reserve, attracts visitors for its beauty and mysticism. Check out the Rio Frio cave and dip in the crystal clear mountain water at the base of Big Rock Falls. You can arrange a guided tour at the park. Put Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve into our Cayo online tour builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is a bad unpaved road to the reserve, but once inside it is reasonable. Quite son you can see an abrupt transition from lush jungle vegetation to open pine forrest. Some nice falls in the area, som...  more »
  • The MPR area has a wide array of different activities such as walking/trekking as well as swimming in its many creeks/streams and birding. The remote Baldy Beacon area with its higher elevation is a f...  more »
  • We visited Rio Frio Cave, Rio Frio Pools, and Big Rock Falls. The highlight of the day was stoping at First Stop and having a breakfast burrito. It’s after you turn at San Antonio and wonder if your g...  more »
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  • This was a nice place. I was expecting something closer to a US forest, and this place is not really like that. The attractions here we’re really cool. We went to Rio Pools and a Big Rock Falls, and stayed in the lodges. The forest itself leaves something to be desired.
  • With a tour guide, this place is great. We went here specifically for bird watching and were able to see approximately 70 species of birds. It such a big place that you definitely need a vehicle to drive around. The roads are just as interesting as the rest of the place! There are sweeping vistas, dense forests, and a lot of wildlife. If you are looking for a day away from everything, this is a great locale!
  • Gorgeous park. Caracol and Rio on Pools is the perfect day. Take a swimsuit and a lunch, you won't want to leave.
  • A huge forest with stunning scenery, many attractions and free entry. I visited one of the more accessible areas, the Rio on Pools - easy to park and not very crowded. Opportunity to swim in a waterfall after a short, steep downhill walk. Note that roads leading to forest are bumpy and you will have to go slow, took a very long time to get from main roads to forest -- 4 wheel drive highly recommended. You will also be stopped on the way to have your license plate recorded.
  • Always a fun place to visit with family. Enjoy caves, caracol ruins, water falls, go ziplining etc. Never get bored.
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