Mountain Pine Ridge

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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 is located 46.7 miles west of Hopkins, a village in Stann Creek District; it's 14.9 miles to the south-southeast of San Ignacio.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area is sharing fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which offers International dishes, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. It is just around five and a half miles from the wildlife reservation, so stop by and eat up! Also close-by, you will find options including Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and Calico Jack's where you and your group may sample Belizean meals and enjoy the Belize scene.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find other attractions in the area, including Big Rock Falls, which is within driving range in Central Belize. Also, you might think about making the trip to Rio On Pools, which is another attraction close by.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this particular outdoor site are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Mountain Pine Ridge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
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
Rio On Pools 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
Green Hills Butterfly Farm Other Attraction 9.7 mi. (12.7 km) N 7.9 mi. East-Southeast of San Ignacio

Location: Central Belize, Belize


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