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“We visited Rio On Falls”

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio
Ranked #31 of 70 things to do in Cayo
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Nyack, New York
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127 reviews
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“We visited Rio On Falls”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

The trip started out on a somewhat difficult note as the rode out to Pine Ridge is essentially and off road experience and since we did not know exactly how far everything is, it is a bit disconcerting. But, once we got to Rio On falls it was worth is. We were the only ones there for most of the day and my daughter loved playing in the pools created by the falls. The nature was beautiful and on our way back we could better appreciate how beautiful the whole forest was. Rio On is not one of the majestic large water falls, but we were told it was one of the best if you want to swim.

Visited July 2013
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Lake Forest, California
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“For True Nature Lovers”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Actually we only travelled through on our way to Caracol. What we saw was beautiful, and I wish we had more time to explore the area more thoroughly. We did stop at two places in Mountain Pine Ridge: Rio Frio Caves - Totally different from the other caves we saw in Belize. This is no ATM, but there is a river that runs right through the center of the cave and some pretty cool rock formations. It is quick and easy to traverse and lovely too. I enjoyed much more than I expected. Rio on Pools was our second stop in MPR. A nice spot to take a dip and view small, yet pretty, waterfalls. The rocks were so slippery we couldn't explore as much as we would have liked to. Next visit I'll make time to see the bigger falls, etc. that MPR has to offer.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Not worth the trip!”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

We rented a car and drove to Mountain Pine Ridge, where it was supposed to be cooler as it was a higher elevation. It was hot and muggy, and the dirt road almost took out an axle on our car! We had to drive really slow because of the potholes and rocks in the road, so it took forever to get to the reserve. The ranger at the gate gave us some bad directions, so we missed the Rio On swimming area, which was one of the reasons we went there! There are some beautiful falls, but quite a trek to get down to them. We visited Blancaneaux and Gaia, 2 beautiful resorts in the reserve. But I don't recommend driving there unless you have a sturdy jeep!

Visited April 2013
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Phillisburg, Nj
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“Lovely Cotinga and Ornate Hawk Eagle - What else can I ask for???”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We went to Mountain Pine Ridge Preserve with Eric Tut (from Paradise Expeditions) on April 4, 2013. (This is a repeat visit to Belize; we also went birding with Eric last year!)
Learning from our last year’s trip, we need to visit Mt. Pine Ridge preserve in the early morning. Eric took us there around 6:30am and birds are everywhere!!
Just like last year, Eric got us a lot of wonderful birds along the way. At a random location, he picked up unusual bird calls (only he would know the differences) and turned out to be a gray throated chat – a regional endemic species to Orange Walk!! This is an incredible find!
Later on, we stopped at an "Eric's special" spot for hawk watching. We also a very big Rat Snake (not a pleasant sighting for me), King Vulture, White Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, and a LOVELY COTINGA – the bird is so rare, people usually go to Panama or Honduras to see the bird! We actually spend about 45 minutes enjoying the bird (Lovely Cotinga).

Later, we visited 1000-ft fall having lunch. We saw black-headed siskin, hepatic tanager, acorn woodpecker, Golden Olive Woodpecker and off course the famous OBF (orange breasted falcon). It is amazing!

We greatly appreciate Eric's excellent bird guiding service and love the birding experience in Mountain Pine Ridge.

Visited April 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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31 attraction reviews
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“Pine trees in the jungle? Yes there is.”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Travelled through the beautiful Mountain Pine Ridge Forst Reseve on the way to Caracol Mayan ruins. The gravel roads are a bit rough and although we rented a truck for this trip, most people get here via a booked tour guide.

Visited March 2013
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