This luxury eco-resort and private nature reserve—Central America’s largest—sits on 7,200 acres amid the tropical rainforests of Belize’s Maya Mountains. Here, you could see jaguars, howler monkeys, and endangered birds.
The resort has more than 90 miles of trails, which wind through the jungle and past five major waterfalls.
Choose from a variety of adventure tours. With the Discovery package option, you’ll get tours of the Caracol Maya site, the Rio Frio caves, a canoe tour of Barton Creek Cave, and a butterfly farm visit.
Located inside cottages decorated with hanging orchids, estate rooms greet guests with fireplaces and mahogany and leather furnishings.
You’re an easy trip from the area’s four Mayan attractions, including Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and Caracol—one of the largest ancient Mayan cities.
Jungle platforms are tucked away in the thick foliage—a great spot to take in the scenery, practice yoga, or mediate.
The resort’s gourmet meals use ingredients grown on-site or purchased at the local fruit and vegetable markets in nearby San Ignacio.
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Belize: Thick Rainforests near Mayan Ruins
The Hidden Valley Inn sits in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a jungle area about a two-hour drive southwest of Belize City. Here, you’ll find winding rivers and majestic waterfalls hidden among thick green rainforest, a gorgeous setting for eco-adventures. Huge limestone caves draw spelunkers, and there’s no shortage of waterways for canoeing and kayaking.
About 35 miles from the inn is Caracol, Belize’s largest Mayan site. In its heyday, more than 100,000 people lived here, and you can still see the hieroglyphics they left behind. Another Mayan site within driving range is Xunantunich, featuring El Castillo, Belize’s second-tallest pyramid. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the rainforest, as well as a glimpse into nearby Guatemala.