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Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Gaia Riverlodge
Updated 20/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 3 hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Our Eco-Lodge is located in the Scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We offer earthy yet stylish thatch roofed cabanas with excellent views of our waterfalls or Mountain Range, amazingly comfortable beds, Frette and Matouk linens and towels and bathrooms with hand painted Mexican tiles. Among our amenities are our natural fresh water pools, waterfalls, authentic Belizean cuisine, nature trails, day tours to the many Maya archaeological sites and adventure trips.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Lazy river
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Facial treatments
Full body massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private balcony
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Grade: 40 out of 100
1Restaurantwithin 10 km
6Attractionswithin 10 km
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drtravels wrote a review Jan 2021
seattle685 contributions239 helpful votes
Only spent two nights there but had a great time. Beautiful accommodations and views. Staff, especially Nigel and Freddy, made it a great stay. The weather prevented exploration but s sitting by the river with a few beers was very relaxing. The road is under construction and while we had an AWD van the clearance made it a VERY difficult drive due to the wet conditions and ruts from heavy machinery. I would call ahead and find out conditions before taking the drive. Perhaps leaving the car in San Ignacio and having a 4x4 take you there might be a better option until conditions improve. That being said, Gaia came through by not only fixing a flat tire but also escorting us out of the park in case we got stuck. 5 star service!!
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Date of stay: January 2021
Response from Matachica, Director of Sales at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your review, and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Weather conditions can make the drive in a challenge, but we're happy to hear the experience once once you arrived was worth the effort! Our staff provides round trip ground transportation from Belize City in 4x4 vehicles, so for those who don't want to take on the adventure of driving, that is always an option.
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Ann VH wrote a review Jan 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan8 contributions6 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Our family stayed at Gaia over the Christmas holiday and couldn't have had a better experience. The word exceptional doesn't do justice to describe the staff here. From a warm welcome on a cool and rainy day (Hi Nigel) to the thoughtful cleaning staff who left amazing towel art in our rooms (Hi Clara) to amazing guides for complimentary and paid tours (Hi Rudy, Isael, Sam, and Calbert) to the waitstaff who anticipated what you wanted to drink (Hi Freddy and Lucy) - and not the mention the staff who arrived extra early one morning to help us safely drive our car past the treacherous turn in the wet red clay after days of rain so we could make our tour to the ATM Cave. This is the place to stay if you want to get away from it all and be near (ish) to sights most tourists don't see. The road/drive into Gaia is enough to keep some away, but those who brave it reap the rewards. This place has its own private waterfall (and 'beach'), is closer than most places to the hidden gem of Caracol (where we saw a jaguar on the road on the way there) and the Rio Frio Cave and Big Rock - another great waterfall. Let Gaia be the place where you get away from it all and get back to nature in luxury. If you enjoy ‘climbing’ over rocks to reach one waterfall after another - this is the place to stay. I wish we would have had one more warm, sunny day so we could have just kept going up and up and up from one fall to the next (just be careful as they are slippery). Take advantage of all the things they offer as each one is worth it. Thank you Team Gaia for all you did to make a stay with you amazing and memorable!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: The only sounds you'll hear are of nature - a very 'loud' waterfall
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Response from burgapat, Director of Sales at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded 07 Jan 2020
Thank you very much for your review, and our collective apologies for the not so perfect weather. All of us are happy, though, that you enjoyed your stay nevertheless, and maybe we can convince you to come back once more for all this rock climbing in bright sunshine... Seeing that jaguar must have been an awesome experience. I personally have not been able to go above ocelot yet, and I am envious. Your message has been shared at our staff meeting and everybody is sending lots of smiles back. We hope that remembering your adventures at Gaia and the peace and quiet here will help you to get through some of the more challenging days. Burga Pattinson for the Gaia Family
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Jasuu wrote a review Dec 2020
Caye Caulker, Belize107 contributions51 helpful votes
We drove up to pine ridge hoping to see the five sisters waterfall, and was greeted by Nigel at the reception area. Due to Covid, the waterfall was only available for their guests only. Nigel was very welcoming he checked our temperature ( along with hand sanitizing) and let us to take a peek through their restaurant of the waterfall itself, and also recommended us the Big Rock Fall is not too far if we can go and check it out, or if we wanted, we could book a night too. Long story short- we booked the night but due to weather conditions we were not able to reach anywhere close to the area- and their phone lines are out too, so we ended up emailing them and asking if we can move it to another date instead. After so many rearrangements we made it back to Gaia 6 weeks later. ( Big thank you to Nigel with all the emails back and forth) I dont think any words can describe this place because you wake up to the sound of waterfall and you can see it from the room too! The bedroom is cozy, stylish, cute and they have umbrella + a bottle of hand sanitizer as well. I personally loved the details and decorations in the bathroom the most. As you move around the resort, there are numerous amount of birds to look out for, along with lots of different plants and orchids too. We took a hike down to see the waterfall and it was absolutely beautiful, majestic and overwhelming. Lastly when it comes to dining- the porkchop was tender, juicy and full of flavors. Their special for the night was shrimp curry and I have to say that was probably the best curry I have had in Belize. So much flavors in the curry and they actually cook it with banana/plantain. We were extremely wow-ed by that dish. Breakfast was great- especially the belizean option - beans were fantastic and the fruits were fresh too. We hope to return soon for a longer stay ( 1 night is def. not enough) and get to dive in the waterfall next time! Again thank you to Nigel for the outstanding services we have recieved during our stay!
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Burga Pattinson, Sales at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded 23 Dec 2020
Thank you very much for not giving up on us when you had to re-plan your visit and for your review. Nigel and the entire Gaia team is thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and everybody is already waiting for your return, when we will be delighted to show you more of our beautiful location.
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Biggs Belize Harris wrote a review Jul 2020
Belize City, Belize23 contributions3 helpful votes
4 Days In This Mountain Top Paradise Was Heavenly! Service Was Second To None, Nigel And His Crew Was Always On Point, Be It Making Recommendations, To Extraordinary Service From Dining Room To Water Waterfalls To Room Service! To Say That They Were Magical Is No Exaggeration. The Chef n' Bar Tenders Met And Surpassed Our Expectations . Our Room Overlooked The Waterfalls Way Below, Nature's Sound Effects Was Soothing. Hiking, Birding and Relaxing Was At Its Best. Free Waterfalls Massages After Hikes; Heavenly! A must have getaway from it all !
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Andrea B wrote a review Jul 2020
Placencia, Belize4 contributions
The location is breathtaking, I would say the best in the Pine Ridge. Rooms are very nice and the staff is great. We were very happy with the food as well, not a long menu but with a good variation. Definitely a place to go....
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
US$292 - US$333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gaia Riverlodge
Which popular attractions are close to Gaia Riverlodge?
Nearby attractions include Big Rock Falls (1.4 km), Rio On Pools (5.6 km), and Green Hills Butterfly Ranch (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gaia Riverlodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a mosquito net, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Gaia Riverlodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gaia Riverlodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gaia Riverlodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Gaia Riverlodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting El Pilar (15.7 km).
Does Gaia Riverlodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.