Caracol/Mt. Pine Ridge
Mariposa Tours thinks this is the best tour in the Cayo District of Belize because it offers such a wide-range of features: includes Caracol, the greatest Belize archaeological site (Maya ruin), a user-friendly but awesome cave, easily accessible natural river pools and falls with swimming option, and travel through the broadleaf jungle and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, two entirely different Eco-systems. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Caracol, where an estimated 150,000 people once lived in a metropolis covering nearly a square mile, is the largest and most spectacular Maya site in Belize. Located in the Chiquibul Rainforest, only seven miles from the Guatemalan border (if you’re a bird), Caracol is actually larger than nearby Tikal, but not as extensively excavated.
Enter the sleeping and burial grounds of ancient Mayan royalty. Imagine yourself playing on the ball field in a fierce and threatening competition. Climb Caana, the tallest ruin at Caracol-42 meters (or take pictures of other people climbing.) It is alleged that Caracol once conquered the larger nearby Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala. (Of course, the legend is denied by the Guatemalans.)
En route to Caracol you will stop at the tiny village of Augustine, where you’ll learn about the history of logging and current Forestry projects. Then visit the Rio Frio Cave, an awesome walk-through, “guest-friendly” cave, okay even for claustrophobics. Learn about limestone stalactites, stalagmites, columns and other natural formations at the most popularly-photographed site in the Cayo District. Add this special cave visit to your growing list of Belize adventures.
After a picnic lunch at Caracol, your final stop is the Rio On Pools. Opt to hike, photograph, relax, or take a swim in one of the continuous series of natural pools formed within granite boulders, connected by small rapids or waterfalls. A lovely way to end your Caracol Belize adventure tour.
Optional extension swim stop at Big Rock Falls.
Hidden in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Big Rock Falls is another amazing waterfall treasure and just another bit of excitement added to your Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge Tour. Your journey becomes more adventuresome as the trail descends down a steep slope. In about 15 minutes, the Privassion River welcomes you.
The view of the water rushing down the 150 foot rock formation and falling into a perfect pond is breathtaking. A moment in paradise that you will always remember. A visit to this magnificent spot is one of the highlights of any trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge area.