From the Magnum Belize Newsletter, http://www.magnumbelize.com/news/newsletter_page2.html
Hidden Valley's Falls: Nature Lover's Paradise
“A nature lovers paradise. Hiked to lots of waterfalls, lunch at Secret Falls was the absolute highlight! We’ll be back!”
That’s how a couple from Washington, D.C. summed up their experience last summer at Hidden Valley Falls, a private 7,200-acre resort and wildlife reserve deep in the Maya Mountains.
Visualize having a national park all to yourself - that’s what a stay at Hidden Valley is like. Guests enjoy exclusive access to 90 miles of well-marked and maintained hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as many secluded pools and waterfalls set in a tropical rainforest.
Hidden Valley has two diverse ecosystems divided by a huge geological fault line, which marks the edge of a towering 1,000-foot escarpment. Below lies lush tropical forest, and above is the Caribbean Pine forest.
Numerous waterfalls are feature attractions here. Points of interest include nearby 1,000-foot Falls, reported to be the highest waterfall in Central America. The top of 800 foot King Vulture Falls is a nesting site for the magnificent king vulture, and its cliffs are home to the endangered orange breasted falcon. The 80-foot Butterfly Falls cascades into a crystal clear pool that’s perfect for swimming. And Secret Falls and its pools are often a favorite with honeymooners. They reserve the falls for the day, with lunch set up for the honeymooners beside a crystal clear pool at the base of the waterfall.
The Inn itself is an upscale full service resort. Each of the inn’s 12 cottages has a fireplace to ward off the evening mountain ‘chill’ with a cozy fire. The Lodge is the heart of the inn, featuring a relaxed atmosphere and an intimate dining room where delicious full course meals are served. Just out back is a gorgeous inlaid stone swimming pool and hot tub.