Rio Frio Cave

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For many, caves remain a mysterious part of the earth that should always be explored. If this is your opinion, you won't want to miss a chance to walk through Rio Frio Cave, which is known for its huge mouth and giant exterior boulders.

A staircase of stones has been created so that tourists can easily enter the cave. Inside, guests find the cave to be about a half a mile long, and featuring a river that runs through it.

Rio Frio Cave is known for being one of the more difficult cave hike in Belize, but those who take interest in caves and are seasoned hikers should have no problem making the trek.


Rio Frio Cave is located 48.7 miles west of Hopkins, a village in Stann Creek District; it's 13 miles (20 and a half kilometers) to the south-southeast of San Ignacio.

Rio Frio Cave is about five miles past the Douglas de Silva Forest Station in Augustine. There is a car park not far from the entrance.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend exploring this cave gets your stomach stomach growling, there's no need to fret -- you're going to find a great concentration of lunch and dinner options in the general vicinity. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which has a menu full of International fare, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge is just about four and a half miles away, so grab a table and try something off the menu. Also within a short distance, you and your companions will find options such as Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and duPlooy's Jungle Lodge Restaurant where you will be able to try out Belizean fare and enjoy the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of caves, and would like to see others, ought to think about Rio On Pools and Actun Tunichil Muknal; the first of which is two miles to the east-northeast of this cave. Other types of nearby activities include Rio On Pools, which is within traveling range in Central Belize. You might also want to consider heading to Mountain Pine Ridge, which is another attraction not far away.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Rio Frio Cave
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Rio On Pools GeoFeature 1.4 mi. (22.0 km) E 13.6 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Mountain Pine Ridge Other Activities/Excursions 2.3 mi. (24.1 km) SE 14.9 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Big Rock Falls GeoFeature 2.7 mi. (24.5 km) SE 15.2 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Butterfly Falls GeoFeature 4.4 mi. (26.6 km) SE 16.5 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio

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Location: Central Belize, Belize


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