A long winding dirt road leads through what is left of the Mountain Pine Ridge, an area of the Cayo district of which about 90 percent was destroyed by beetles. As recently as 2009 efforts to replant began and new greenery is growing up quickly, providing a scenic destination for tourists to explore either on foot or in a vehicle.
Made up mainly of pine forest, there is also a small amount of broadleaf forest, grasslands, and wetlands throughout the grounds of this reserve.
The Mayan ruins of Caracol are the most popular attraction within the Mountain Pine Ridge, but tourists also come through to see the regrowth of the forest, multiple waterfalls, and mysterious caves.
Mountain Pine Ridge can be found 46.7 miles west of Hopkins, a village in Stann Creek District; it's 14.9 miles to the south-southeast of San Ignacio.
And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending some time exploring the area is enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves International fare, is also the most convenient dining option from the wildlife reservation. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge is just around five and a half miles away from this nature preserve, so stop in and try something off the menu. Pine Ridge Restaurant and Calico Jack's are some of the other restaurant choices nearby. At Calico Jack's you and your companions should try a bite of Belizean meals and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.
You'll find some other activities in the area, including Big Rock Falls, which is within traveling distance in Central Belize. Also consider heading over to Rio On Pools, which is another attraction in the area.
With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.
|Big Rock Falls||GeoFeature||--||--||15.2 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio|
|Rio On Pools||GeoFeature||--||--||13.6 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio|
|Butterfly Falls||GeoFeature||--||--||16.5 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio|
|GeoFeature||2.3 mi. (20.9 km)||N||13.0 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio|
|Rio Frio Cave||GeoFeature||2.3 mi. (20.7 km)||NW||12.8 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio|
|Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum||Other Attraction||--||--||6.2 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio|
|San Antonio Waterfall||GeoFeature||--||--||5.8 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio|
|Hidden Valley Falls||GeoFeature||11.2 mi. (22.7 km)||NE||14.1 mi. South-Southwest of Belmopan|
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