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Since 1990 this pristine natural forest has been a protected area and is considered to be the most important nature reserve in Belize. It is comprised of 100,000 acres of biodiversity that is currently only open to researchers and scientists, although there are hopes of allowing tourism in the near future.
Offering a bit of a respite from the hotter lowlands, Mountain Pine Ridge is one of the most heavily visited reserves. As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) covers 300 square miles of area, but visitors are surprised to find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape; here, pine needles rather than palm fronds, fill the landscape.
The Golden Stream Corridor Preserve is a 33,384-acre nature preserve. The region makes up one of the last stretches of rare lowland tropical broadleaf forest which serves as a valuable conservation corridor linking the extensive protected areas in the Maya Mountains to the north (Maya Mountain Forest Reserve, Bladen Nature Reserve and Chiquibul National Park) with the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
Half Moon Caye is considered a Natural Monument of Belize. The key is full of marine species such as corals, garden eels and sponge formations. You will also find eagle rays, sea turtles and groupers. This marine diversity contributes to the practice of diving in these waters.
Little Frenchman Cay is a small island a short distance south of Ambergris Caye and a quick boat trip from Belize City. It has been a private land since 2007, and is currently the location of the Royral Palms Island Resort
One of the most impressive natural sites in Toledo is the Hokeb Ha Cave at Blue Creek. The cave is a 20-minute hike from the village. Hike a well-marked, sometimes cemented path along to the creek, until a clearing appears. Pass through the research station in the clearing finding the wide trail on the other side. Follow this trail, bearing toward the stream on your left till you meet a wide dry creek filled with white stones.
The Snake Cayes consists of a group of four small islands - West Snake Caye, Middle Snake Caye, East Snake Caye, and South Snake Caye. The name was inherited from an abundance of boa constrictors that once lived on one of the islands. These cayes are not a part of the barrier reef system, but instead lie on an isolated coral ridge growing on a limestone ledge that extends several miles into the inner lagoon of the Belize Coastal Zone.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (CTWS) contains a mosaic of wetland and terrestrial habitats, which make it one of the best birding destinations in Belize. From the commonly seen Northern Jacana to the elusive Sungrebe, Crooked Tree offers an enjoyable experience for birders of any skill level. With 16,400 acres of lagoons, creeks, logwood swamps, broadleaf forest and pine savanna, you will be sure to see a wide array of wildlife. The Sanctuary protects globally endangered species including the Central American River Turtle (locally known as Hicatee), Mexican Black Howler Monkey, and Yellow-headed Parrot.
The Pueblo Viejo Upper and Lower Falls are located at the base of limestone hills below Pueblo Viejo Village. The river flows through multiple layers of giant limestone steps with waterfalls spilling from ledge to ledge. Thick riverine vegetation covers the length of this huge limestone formation.
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