Hidden Valley Inn is an intimate luxury resort set inside a vast private reserve exclusive to our guests. Here, both nature and its visitors find sanctuary in the perfect habitat, a land where serenity, beauty and adventure harmonize. Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo District of Belize, The Inn and its twelve cottages are appointed with comforts and amenities that indulge our guests in plush hospitality. Comfortable lounges with stone hearths, mahogany bar room, pool terrace and flourishing gardens create an atmosphere that accommodates our guests’ sense of adventure as well as their comfort and leisure. More than a vacation, Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve is an experience.
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|Belize International Airport||3 hours|
|San Ignacio airstrip||1 hour 15 minutes|
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|Belize International Airport||30 minutes|
|San Pedro airstrip||1 hour 5 minutes|
Caracol is the largest of the Maya sites found in Belize today. Located 35 miles from Hidden Valley Inn, deep in the Chiquibul Wilderness and cloaked in jungle, it is difficult to appreciate the extent of this mighty city in one breath. Excavation and preservation of Caracol began in 2000, with the restoration of Caana, The Sky Palace. Caana stands at 140 feet tall in what was once the center of this city. Today, it is still Belize's tallest man-made structure and boasts impressive views of the surrounding jungle. Caracol consists of more than 4,000 structures spread over 55 square miles. Exploration of this temple has led to the discovery of, among other things, a large hieroglyphic panel which describes solstice rituals conducted by Lord Kan II in approximately 7AD and a frieze of the Witz Monster Mask which represents the sacred mountain..
Demonstrating the domestic customs of the Yucatac Mayan, the San Antonio experience begins with a tour of the village's open air, thatched-roofed kitchen which includes an authentic Mayan stove, or fogon, and a matate where the maza, or corn dough, is made. In addition to preparing the various dishes of the Maya culture, visitors learn about pottery. Clay brought up from the nearby riverbed is soaked and wedged and formed into sculpture, pots, plates and cups. A demonstration is given, followed by lunch.
This is a tour for the bit more adventurous. You must be able to swim and you should also be relatively fit. This cave was discovered in the 1980s and opened for managed tourism in the 1990. It was popularized on National Geographic Television and is probably the most famous cave tour in Belize. The tour begins with a 45-minute hike into the jungle. With headlamps, visitors enter by way of a 10-meter swim across a deep turquoise pool, followed by a small, wet scramble up a rock. The tour is walking and swimming through passageways that can be narrow and a little harrowing …particularly in the dark, but this adds to the thrill. Inside the ATM cave, sculpted stalactites and stalagmites, pottery from the ancient Maya, artworks and the skeletal remains of human sacrifice can be seen. The ATM cave holds archeological and historical significance in that it provides insight to the psyche of the Maya in their decline.
Explore the beauty of Hidden Valley Inn Reserve and Mountain Pine Ridge area on horseback. Guided tours take you through rivers and to waterfalls, to Mayan ruins and into caves and hidden places not accessible by vehicle. Horseback riding on the Reserve offers a different perspective to the jungle. Full and half day tours can be arranged through Hidden Valley Inn and half-day tours can be combined with a secondary tour.
Bring your binoculars, camera and hiking boots! If it is the bounty of nature that draws you, Hidden Valley Inn will not disappoint. At our 2,000-foot elevation, the Reserve passes through the broadleaf jungle to the higher elevations and pine forest. Granite mountains sharply drop off to such depths that the great raptors of the area soar below you and virgin forests of bursting greens fill the ravines and where veils from the falls cascade from the lips of stony cliffs to meet them. In the jungle, below the canopy, wooden bridges cross crystal steams and birds as bright as the tropical flowers light the branches overhead. Picturesque waterfalls, as if from storybooks, sparkle and glint just as the wings of the Blue Morpho butterflies that surround them do. Hidden Valley is a natural wonderland.
Approximately three hours across the border into Guatemala lies Tikal, one of the greatest of all Classic Mayan cities with its spectacular temples penetrating through the thick jungle canopy. The flora and fauna are almost as spectacular as the temples themselves. Howler monkeys, spider monkeys and coatimundis are seen regularly as well as an abundance of exotic birds.
Monitoring the Magnificent Scarlet Macaw, Xunantunich Maya Ruins, Macal River Canoeing, Cahal Pech Maya Ruins, Canopy Zip lining, Cave Tubing, Bird watching, Night Walk, Belize Zoo, & Community Baboon Sanctuary
Hidden Valley Inn is located in the Cayo District, west of Belize City on the mainland of Belize in the Mountain Pine Ridge.