Mountain Pine Ridge and Rio On
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May 12th, 2007 – by: Reephboy
Within the MPR, the Rio On flows through canyons, over waterfalls, and among rocks where in some places it is very popular to swim. What is called the Rio On Pools makes for a thoroughly refreshing stop on the way back from a hot day of activities. They aren't big or deep, so the attraction isn't swimming or diving, but just wallowing and cooling off and enjoying the beautiful views.
Besides the river, and the various caves that can be found in the area, like the Rio Frio Cave, there is also the MPR Station where you can find a cabin to sleep in, and hiking trails to enjoy. This is also a really good area for birding and other wildlife viewing, because, like Maya sites, the clearing surrounded by forest offers a good change in habitat, making sightings of mammals and birds a common occurrence.
Mountain Pine Ridge is another site worth visiting while in the Cayo District. Francis Ford Coppola has one of his two Belizean resorts here, and we had the opportunity to stop one morning and have a drink on the deck overlooking Big Rock Falls. I wanted a Bloody Mary while we were there and after spending 15 minutes trying to locate some mix, the bartender finally came back and told me that it was offseason and because Sophia wouldn't be back for another couple of months, they had no Bloody Mary mix in stock. So I had an espresso.
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