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Mountain Pine Ridge

1 June 2009 One Comment

Your full day experience in one of Belize’s nature reserves will amaze you when you see the drastic change from Broad-Leaf Forest to Pine Forest. Your adventure starts from Chaa Creek at 8:00 a.m. and in only 90 minutes you will be admiring the 1000-ft. Waterfall. You will then drive down to the Rio Frio Cave where you can marvel at the awesome corrosive power that water has on Karst Limestone. However, this is not the only attraction at this cave; there is also evidence of Mayan visitation inside! At the end of the day’s trek, refreshing swims in the cascading waters of the Rio On pools will sooth tired muscles and rejuvenate the spirit.

The granite base and limestone overlay of the Maya Mountains form the oldest landmass in Central America and contain the cool pine forests (Pinus caribaea) of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Within this 300 square mile forest reserve you will encounter an entirely different tropical ecosystem along with its unique flora and fauna. Orchids and ferns of many varieties grow abundantly throughout the pine forest while rare and endangered bird species such as the orange-breasted falcon and the king vulture may be sighted.

Tour details:

Departure: Daily tours leave at 8:00 am

Habitat: Lower mountain pine forest

Distance: Approximately 12 to 13 miles

Duration: Full day ( can also be combined with Caracol Maya Ruins — see concierge for more details)

Fitness: Moderate

Lunch: Packed lunch can be pre arranged with concierge if required

Dress: Long pants and sturdy protective footwear — sleeve lengths are optional.

What To Bring Along

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera, and raingear if needed.

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