Peblo Viejo plays an important role for a nearby Maya village, as it has for centuries. Just as the Mayas have in the past used the waterfall and pools for water and as a way to cool of during the hottest months, so do they still today. On a hot sunny day, do not be surprised if a group of Mayas join you in the pools here.
The waterfalls of Pueblo Viejo are no taller than fifteen feet, but the real fun is being able to swim under them in one of the many pools. These pools offer a great way to explore the area, as some are separated form others by thick vegetation and large limestone. Just be careful Just don't open your mouth under water or you may swallow a tadpole!
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The best way to get to this waterfall is to first get to Pueblo Viejo, located between Columbia Forest and Aqua Caliente Luha Wild Life Sanctuary. By taking Southern Highway and turning right when the Highway splits, and then taking another right when that road splits, you can head directly into the village. From there, the villagers will be able to help you find the waterfall. If you are in a particularly adventurous mood, once in the village simply look for the river, which will not be hard to find, and see if you can find the waterfall yourself.
Located near the heart of Toledo District, north-northwest of San Lucas, Pueblo Viejo Falls welcomes local residents and travelers who are lodging in this area of Belize. However, even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should consider stopping by to check it out. From this location, Punta Gorda is to the east-southeast.
Active travelers that are a fan of waterfalls, and have the energy to view some others, might check out Rio Blanco Falls; both of which are a little ways off, but within reach if you've got a car. There are some additional places of interest in the area, including Uxbenka, which is within traveling range in Toledo District. Also think about checking out Hokeb Ha Cave, which is another attraction in the vicinity.and
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.
|Uxbenka||Historic Site||8.0 mi. (26.9 km)||E||16.7 mi. Northwest of Punta Gorda|
|Hokeb Ha Cave||GeoFeature||10.2 mi. (27.1 km)||ENE||16.8 mi. Northwest of Punta Gorda|
|Agua Caliente Luha Wildlife Sanctuary||Other Attraction||11.0 mi. (20.4 km)||E||12.7 mi. West-Northwest of Punta Gorda|
|Toledo Botanical Arboretum||Other Attraction||12.2 mi. (22.9 km)||E||14.2 mi. Northwest of Punta Gorda|
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