Hidden Valley Falls

Hidden Valley Falls is also known as Thousand-Foot Falls, and for good reason, this is the tallest waterfall in Central America! Don't let this magnificent height scare you though; the pool at the bottom is the perfect place to swim, relax, and to enjoy a picnic.

Hidden Valley Falls, staying true to its other name, is a very tall waterfall, sending water plummeting nearly 1600 feet from the top of the cliff, past several layers of canopies, and finally slamming into the pool below. While you can get up close to this waterfall, the speed of the 1600 foot drop may make it painful to go underneath, however it is still a beauty to see from afar, or at the viewing station that has been built, located by a picnic area.


Located in Central Belize, west of Sarawina, Hidden Valley Falls happily welcomes local customers and travelers who are lodging in this area of Belize. However, even if you aren't staying in this location, you are free to stop by to check it out. It's 14.1 miles south-southwest of Belmopan.

There are a series of roads that head Northeast out of Mountain Pine Ridge nature Reserve. If you get off the main reserve road and keep turning north, you will eventually reach the waterfall's parking area. Since the roads go through a rain forest, it may be best to have a four wheel drive vehicle.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be chowing down on a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of Hidden Valley Falls. Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant, which offers Caribbean fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for waterfall visitors. It is only around three and a half miles away, so stop in and place your order. Calico Jack's and Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge are some of the other restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge you will want to try a bite of International food and experience the Belize culture.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy waterfalls, and would like to see others, might check out Five Sisters Falls and Butterfly Falls; both of which are within a car's reach of this waterfall. Additional nearby activities include Actun Tunichil Muknal, which is five miles away Central Belize. You might also want to consider heading to Green Hills Butterfly Farm, which is another attraction nearby.

If a visit to the Hidden Valley Falls isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near Hidden Valley Falls
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Actun Tunichil Muknal GeoFeature 5.1 mi. (19.3 km) NW 12.0 mi. South West of Belmopan
Green Hills Butterfly Farm Other Attraction 8.8 mi. (12.7 km) WNW 7.9 mi. East-Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio On Pools GeoFeature 9.8 mi. (20.9 km) WSW 13.0 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio
Mountain Pine Ridge Other Activities/Excursions 11.2 mi. (24.1 km) SW 14.9 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio

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There is a parking fee at the waterfall of $3 BZD, or just over $1.50 USD

Location: Central Belize, Belize


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