Surrounded by spectacular rolling hills, high peaks and continuous cascading water ways, Mountain Pine Ridge has all the right touches for a nature lover’s delight. Combine the scenic views with the euphoria of exploring one’s own country, the fun and excitement is immeasurable. I enjoyed such an experience on a recent trip to The Rio On Pools in western Belize.

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Over thousands of years, small waterfalls have formed small pools over large granite rocks, spilling from one pool to another. Trust me, on a hot day, the water is so tempting! I can almost guarantee you’ll be dipping far more than your toes! And if you’re like me, always looking for a little pampering, try standing under one of the falls and enjoy a natural massage as the pressure of the water rolls along your body. It’s the perfect therapy for those who want to re-energize the body after a long journey.

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The views aren’t too shabby either! Lush vegetation, mostly pine trees and rolling mountain peaks carpeted in all shades of green, combine for a cleansing sight. While your body cools, the mind drifts and clears, the perfect Zen experience deep in the Cayo forest. So the next time you’re in Cayo, and are seeking a little diversion, pack a quick picnic, have some friends join you, and head out for a day of hiking and sightseeing at the Rio On Pools.

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.


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