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.


Located in Central Belize, 46.7 miles west of Hopkins, Mountain Pine Ridge welcomes local residents and tourists who are lodging in this section of Belize. Regardless of whether or not you are staying very close, you should consider stopping by to enjoy a great time. It's 14.9 miles south-southeast of San Ignacio.

Nearby Restaurants

You need not go hungry after spending time at this wildlife reserve; you're going to find an impressive array of food and beverage places near this attraction. The most convenient restaurant to Mountain Pine Ridge is Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves International food. The restaurant is only around five and a half miles away, so grab a table and enjoy a meal. Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and Calico Jack's are additional restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At Calico Jack's you and your party may sample Belizean meals and experience the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of nearby attractions include Big Rock Falls, which is within driving distance in Central Belize. Furthermore, you can consider making the trip to Rio On Pools, which is another attraction not far away.

Nature preserves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

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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