Rio Blanco National Park


Rio Blanco National Park Itineraries:

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Rio Blanco National Park



Rio Blanco National Park

Rio Blanco National Park, also known as Blanco Waterfall Park, is in the Toledo district of Belize and is an off the beaten path adventure destination.


Rio Blanco was declared an ‘Indigenous People’s Park’ in 1992 and is managed by residents of the surrounding Maya villages of Santa Elena, Santa Cruz, Golden Stream Village and Pueblo Viejo Village under the title of the Rio Blanco Mayan Association (RBMA). The members of RBMA see the preservation of the ecosystem as a top priority. The main draw to Rio Blanco are the falls, cascading from high above to then flow through wide shallow pools, over smooth slabs of mudstone and sandstone, then pouring over a 15 foot ledge into a deep pool of blue.

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Surrounding limestone boulders allow easy exploration above the pool. Further upstream, a small waterfall and wading pool feed the main waterfall. Trees and flowering vegetation encircle the shady cliffs while Blue Morpho butterflies flutter amongst the surrounding trees. A smooth stone ledge at the end of the trail from the parking lot, covered with a layer of scattered snail shells, rises steeply about 20 feet above the pool.


The Maya have lived along this river for countless generations and it is still an important part of their daily lives. You are likely to encounter the village women washing clothes in the river as their children play in the pools or sell souvenirs and craft they have made. Along with the amazing cultural surrounds, Rio Blanco National Park offers a beautiful landscape of flowing falls and massive boulders covered with bright green moss and flowering vegetation as well as swimming, picnicking and a peaceful experience void of heavy tourism.




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Rio Blanco national Park Accommodation



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The Lodge at Big Falls
The Lodge at Big Falls offers elegant accommodation, fine food and drink and relaxation in a peaceful riverside setting. The Lodge at Big Falls is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande river. The property is located on a meander of the river with almost a mile of river frontage.

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