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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

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Address: 24 km (15 mi) southeast of San Ignacio | Western Belize, Belize
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Rio On Pool, Rio Frio Cave and Caracol Maya Ruin Tour
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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio
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Horseback Riding and Waterfall Tour from San Ignacio

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3 Hour Car Ride up to the Rio Frio Cave from San Ignacio

It was a long bumpy ride up to the Reserve. Then we had to check in prior to going to the caves and have armed guards outside the Rio Frio Cave while we went on tour for about an... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2012
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82 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

It was a long bumpy ride up to the Reserve. Then we had to check in prior to going to the caves and have armed guards outside the Rio Frio Cave while we went on tour for about an hour with our guide. We then stopped at the Rio on Pools for some pictures and a swim, then again for... More 

Thank multitravelorrkj
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151 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012

Nothing special except for Blancaneaux lodge (which was incredible). The surrounding rainforest is amazing. The pine forest does have less bugs and less noise at night.

Thank Snot_Finder
Bozeman, Montana
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2012

The forrest has been hit hard by the pine beetle but it is recovering. The good news is that there are so many activites around you dont even notice.

Thank Brad B
Rimbey, Canada
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78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2012

Best way to see it is by horseback. Great to see it recovering from the fire. Beautiful views from on top. Great network of horse trails. Big Rock Falls was awesome.

Thank cparker24
Wayzata, Minnesota
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

The entire area is beautiful with lots of trails and not a lot of people.

Thank blakemom
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64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Remote, removed from the "real world". Well worth a visit if you have the time and a reliable car.

Thank luvs2ski
Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2012

again our guides from the Hidden Valley Inn made us feel safe.and were so wonderful ...

Thank Bettyblue52
Galveston, Texas
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2012

There are quite a few sites up in the MPR, including, several waterfalls and caves. There are also several resorts up there. You drive through the MPR on the way to the Caracol Mayan ruins. It's the largest pine forest in Central America. The roads are bumpy, but the scenery is beautiful, and the trip up is worth it if... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Unexpected vegetation--pine trees, evergreen scrubby oaks and palmettos. The openess of the forest makes it much easier to see birds than in the more typical broadleaf forests. We saw scarlet macaws!

Thank Terdal_Erik
San Diego, CA, USA
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102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2012

This area is not what you would expect when you think of Belize. It is pine savanna habitat as opposed to the typical rainforest. But it is quite beautiful in its own way. We did see a small amount of evidence from fires they had earlier in the year, but the forest was rebounding nicely and new growth was everywhere.... More 

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