Big Rock Falls

Photo Credit: © Russell Harrison Photography CC BY

Big Rock Falls earns its name and stands tall as a menacing wall of rock and water. This is, without doubt, one of Belize's best natural wonders and is sure to humble even the most well traveled guests.

As the Privassion River flows off the edges of its cliff, one-hundred fifty feet above, the waters crash against large jagged black rocks the entire way down, finally coming to rest in the round rocky pool below. Wonderfully, this pool is deep enough to swim in, so you can get up close to this forceful flow.


Big Rock Falls is situated southeast of Banque Viejo del Carmen, a town in Central Belize; it's to the south-southeast of San Ignacio.

The waterfall is part of the Privission River that runs through the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Preserve. This reserve located just Southwest of Belmopan is a rough mountainous place. As such it is recommended that you consult with a group or local as to where the exact location of the waterfall is, as even the river splits up into several separate streams in this reserve.

Nearby Restaurants

This waterfall is in a nice location for visitors who are seeking a solid selection of convenient lunch and dinner options. The closest place to eat to Big Rock Falls is Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves up International meals. Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and Calico Jack's are additional restaurant options within reach. At Calico Jack's you and your party might try out Belizean meals and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy waterfalls, and would like to see others, ought to think about Rio On Pools and Butterfly Falls; both are within traveling distance of this waterfall. Other kinds of nearby attractions include Mountain Pine Ridge, which is within driving range in Central Belize. Also, you might think about visiting Rio On Pools, which is another attraction not far away.

If you can't wait to see as many of Belize's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Attractions Near Big Rock Falls
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Mountain Pine Ridge Other Activities/Excursions 0.4 mi. (24.1 km) WNW 14.9 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio On Pools GeoFeature 2.4 mi. (20.9 km) N 13.0 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio Frio Cave GeoFeature 2.7 mi. (20.7 km) NW 12.8 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum Other Attraction 9.2 mi. (10.0 km) NNW 6.2 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio

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Location: Central Belize, Belize


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