San Ignacio, located near the confluence of the Macal and Mopan rivers, is the gateway to Belize’s western wilderness. This is a fine place to start your Belizean vacation or an extension from Guatemala. Luxurious riverside lodges offer horseback riding, mountain biking, and guided tours to ancient Maya cities and ceremonial caves. Here, we’ve met with Mayan healers, sampled fresh key lime ice cream, and tracked jaguars. The Cayo District is also one of our favorite places for canoe and kayak excursions.
Just south of San Ignacio, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve protects nearly 300 square miles of pine forest, rivers and waterfalls. The reserve, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, is home to toucans, parrots, and motmots. The handful of lodges inside the Mountain Pine ridge offer birdwatching tours. Among the active pursuits are horseback and biking tours, waterfall hikes, natural pool and caves excursions. Two hours south of San Ignacio, past the Mountain Pine Ridge, is the ancient City of Caracol.
We’ve enjoyed these locations several times, traveling alone, as a couple, and with our girls. This album highlights some of our favorite memories.
The Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Delightful afternoon with an expert in Mayan traditional medicine, near San Ignacio, Belize
After the swim, Big Rock Falls, Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Visiting Caracol, Belize
Swimming in the Rio On Pools, Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
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