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#425109 - 12/13/11 08:22 AM Big Rock Falls
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Big Rock Falls, Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo, Belize

Big Rock Falls – Mountain Pine Ridge in Cayo, Belize

Big Rock Falls is one of those beautiful natural sites in Belize you don’t often hear about, but that are well worth mentioning and visiting. Deep in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Big Rock Falls is one of the many waterfalls you’ll find in the Cayo District of Belize.

My visit to Big Rock Falls was part of the trip to the Caracol Archeological Site, about 2 ˝ hours away from San Ignacio, all on unpaved dirt roads.

Once you arrive at the waterfall site by car, or by horse or bike if you’re staying close, you have to journey down the steep natural trail on the escarpment.

About ten to fifteen minutes later, you’ll hear the sound of the Privassion River echoing through the valley, matched by the impressive sight of the water rushing down the 150 ft. drop of the Big Rock waterfall.

It is possible to climb the rocks up to 35 ft. high and dive in the cold pool sheltered by the immense boulders and to swim close and under the waterfall for a natural and powerful massage.

This is definitely one underrated sight in the Cayo District you should not miss.


#444172 - 08/08/12 08:53 AM Re: Big Rock Falls [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Swimming in Big Rock Falls, Belize

Standing in the Waterfall
After visiting the Mayan ruins of Caracol on our day’s tour we stopped at the Rio Frio Cave, and then we were supposed to head to the Rio Hon Pools (a small and popular swimming hole close by). However our very knowledgeable tour guide told us it would be busy, and that there was a waterfall nearby that would be much more fun. Easy choice right? So we drove into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (yes that right, Belize isn’t all jungles it has a pine forest too!) and pulled over near the Privassion River.

The dirt trail was well-worn and easy to follow. After a 20 minute hike down the hill that got a little steep in a few places we arrived at Big Rock Falls, an amazing 150  foot high waterfall.. and there were only 2 other people in the entire area, score! After a few near butt-busting falls on the very slippery wet rocks we made our way over to the deep pools fed by the waterfall. After a sweaty tour of Mayan ruins and jungle caves the water felt amazing and we had absolute blast swimming around and exploring the area.

Big Rock Falls

Privassion River

I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. These were shot with a Sealife Mini which you can read my review of here. You may notice the sky doesn’t look very blue, that’s because there were fires burning all over western Belize while we were there. Apparently instead of trimming and hacking things down the locals tend to just set things on fire. Check out entire gallery of our trip here. Below is a short video of the waterfall and of us swimming:


#458939 - 02/26/13 09:24 AM Re: Big Rock Falls [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Romance in the Rain

The day started as the last couple had, a bit dreary and cloudy, we felt a few spots of rain as we made our way to the vehicle that would take us on our last adventure as guests of Ka’ana Belize. We had done our first activities separately – Pete explored the ATM caves and I took the lazier pursuit of floating in a tube down a river – we were excited to do this last one together and for it to be an adventure designed for pure romance.

An hour drive on muddy roads and we arrived at the remote Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. A quick (but steep) climb down a slight hill put us at the base of our destination, a small but fast moving river, fed by the loud and stunning 150-foot Big Rock Falls.

Ka'ana Belize Waterfall Picnic


We took off our shoes such that we could walk on the wet rocks with a little steadier foot, and bee-lined for the basin. While our guides set up for lunch, we headed straight for the water.

Pete and Dalene swimming near the falls


Pete and I took turns balancing on the rocks at the mouth of the upper basin, sometimes splashing frantically as we fell forward into the deep water but usually were able to catch each other. We felt foolish and playful, with no one to hear our childish screams as the drone of the waterfalls would easily damper it.

Without the sun to warm us however, our carousing came to an early end and we headed back to shore. We were met with the purely romantic part of our itinerary – layers of blankets, over-stuffed pillows, prosecco and a gourmet lunch for two with a gorgeous view.

Ka'ana Belize Waterfall Picnic Location


And then, as our luck would have it on this day, it started to rain.

At first just slight drizzles, but then it got harder and showed no signs of stopping. We covered up what we could, snuck delicious homemade tortillas out from under cover, and shared one soggy sandwich while securing the other for later.

Picnic in the Rain


Rain infused Proseco


We were NOT dismayed. How often do we really get to just enjoy each others company at the base of a gorgeous waterfall? We even convinced ourselves that “prosecco infused with pure Belizean rainwater” would probably be worth more in the store anyways.

So we just gave into the water, and had some more fun.

Dalene and the Waterfall


And wouldn’t you know it? With lunch forgotten and our return to swimming, the rain stopped, and even patches of blue sky could be seen.

Still, no complaining. With a cycle of work and travel such that we forget about stopping to enjoy this kind of romance, we’ll take it when we can get it.


Disclosure: We were guests of Ka’ana Belize for this excursion but as always, all opinions are our own. To read all about our stay there, please click here.



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