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Mountain Pine Ridge

Getting Here and Around

From the Western Highway, there are two routes into the Mountain Pine Ridge, both just east of San Ignacio: the Mountain Pine Ridge Road (also sometimes called the Chiquibul Road or the Georgeville Road), at Georgeville at Mile 61.6 of the Western Highway; and the Cristo Rey Road, with the turnoff at Mile 66.5 of the Western Highway. From the Western Highway, the entrance to the Mountain Pine Ridge is 10.2 miles (17 km) via the Mountain Pine Ridge Road and 14.8 miles (25 km) via the Cristo Rey Road. Both roads cut through limestone and are rough, but currently the Georgeville Road is rougher.

Heading southeast from San Ignacio on the Cristo Rey Road, a little beyond San Antonio, the Cristo Rey Road meets the Mountain Pine Ridge Road coming from Georgeville. Turn right to go into the Mountain Pine Ridge. After 2½ miles (4 km) a guard at a gatehouse will record your name, destination, and license-plate number. The main road through the Mountain Pine Ridge is a dirt road that can become almost impassable after heavy rains.

There is no public bus transportation into the Mountain Pine Ridge. Charter flights from Belize City can fly into private airstrips at Blancaneaux Lodge and Hidden Valley Inn. Tropic Air offers service to Hidden Valley Inn on demand.

Entrance into the Mountain Pine Ridge is free, though there is a nominal charge collected if you go to the viewing area for Thousand Foot Falls.

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