Chiquibul Cave at Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Looking out of the large mouth of Rio Frio cave in Belize. Inside the cave is dark. Outside the cave opening, jungle plants can be seen. There is an outline of tourists hiking out of the cave. Rio Frio cave is a tourist destination in western Belize.
Hidden Valley falls, Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
caving in barton cave, san ignacio, belize.
Rio on Pools - natural pools and set of small waterfalls located in remote and hard to reach Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize.
Main Attractions in Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Barton Creek Cave:
Located just beyond the Mennonite settlement it is named after. It is a remote underground water cave system lined with large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts left behind by the Maya centuries ago. It can be explored in canoes that are equipped with strong spotlights.
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch:
About 10 miles beyond Barton Creek. Distinctive plant and insect life dwell here and colorful butterflies flutter about freely.
Located only a couple of miles beyond the forest reserve gate is what is considered to be the highest waterfall in Central America. Sometimes referred to as “Hidden Valley Falls,” Thousand Foot Falls is actually 1,500 feet from top to bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the waterfall, allowing for spectacular photo opportunities and the possibility sighting the rare king vulture and orange-breasted falcon. Other waterfalls to visit nearby are Butterfly Falls, Five Sisters Waterfall, and Big Rock Falls.
Rio On Pools
About 9 miles from the reserve’s gate entrance, Rio on Pools makes a great setting for swimming, hiking, and picnicking. It is a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders with smooth surfaces that make natural water slides. Small waterfalls connect many of the pools.
Frio Rio Cave
The cave is the most easily reached of Belize’s river caves, where stalactites and stalagmites form an eerie backdrop to an ancient worship place. It is located less than a mile from the Pine Forest Headquarters in Augustine. With stepping stones leading to a massive 65-foot high arched entrance, it is part of a cave system that the Maya used to bury their dead. Enormous boulders coat the cave, and falls spill into pools formed by a stream that flows through the center of the chamber.
Chiquibul Forest Reserve
The last fortress for many wildlife and plant species that are endangered elsewhere in Central America. Old logging trails are still visible, although many have been almost reclaimed by the jungle. Inside this region is the 25-mile Chiquibul cave system, the longest in the Central America, where exciting wildlife such as wild pigs, keel-billed mot-mots, and tapirs dwell. A permit from the Forestry Department is required upon entry as the reserve is closely monitored.
Tropical Discovery Tours going to this location:
- 3 nights in Mountain Pine Ridge
- 3 nights in San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
- 3 nights in Placencia
- 3 nights in Mountain Pine District
- 3 nights in Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
- 3 nights in Peten, Guatemala
- 3 nights in Placencia, Belize
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