Mountain Pine Ridge
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, is a 106,838 acre, located in western Cayo District.It is covered in about 60% pine forest , 37% broad-leaf forest and grassland.Established in 1944 for the preservation and management of Belize’s pine forest.It provides cool temperatures and magnificent natural monuments. Within the pine forests you will find sites such as the largest waterfall in Belize thousand Foot Falls (1,600ft), as well as Rio Frio Cave a quarter mile-long caving system.
Birds you can spot ,the acorn Woodpeckers,Other specialties include the Rufus-capped Warbler, Cross bill, Pine Sis kin, Stygian Owl and Eastern Bluebird. If you visit between autumn and spring, you may also see the Hepatic Tanager and Chipping Sparrow. Raptors cruise the valleys of the Pine Ridge, and it’s the most likely place in Belize to see Orange breasted Falcons.
Rio On Pools,in the Mountain Pine Ridge, is made up of a number of small cascading pools, it is just before the Douglas D’ Silva Forest Station.listening to the soothing sounds of cascading small waterfalls making their way into crystal clear pools connected by natural water slides or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery. from the parking and picnic area you can get a great view of the area. you can choose to relax on some of the large granite boulders. Enjoy swimming in crystal clear pools , with a 5ft tall water fall where you can get a shoulder and back massage.
Mountain pine ridge forest reserve is considered to be the oldest land surface in Central America. Belize largest cave entrance , the 65 foot arched entrance with huge stalactite hanging from this massive cave , while exploring the cave you come across very large boulders .A small stream flows through this cave, with several pools great to take a dip on a hot day.
This is a stunning water fall,(60ft Tall) with two natural swimming pools,excellent spot for a picnic and great to take a dip on a hot day.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking at site. Proper footwear is recommended. Swimwear can be worn for swimming at pools.
What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras, hats/sunglasses
What is included: Transportation, lunch, guide, entrance fees, and towels