Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Sanctuary with River Kayaking Belize

2 days

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Sanctuary with River Kayaking Belize
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Deep in the heart of the Maya Mountains of southern Belize is an unspoiled wilderness, set aside for protection as the world’s first Jaguar Preserve, known as the Cockscomb Basin.


This vast roadless area is home to a plethora of wildlife, including a variety of exotic plants and rare insects, mammals, birds.  Here you can explore the jungle on a variety of hiking trails, ranging from easy nature walks to the quintessential tropical jungle challenge—climbing to the top of Belize’s highest mountain, Victoria Peak.


We offer hikes to hidden waterfalls, scenic overlooks of the entire rainforest Basin and Victoria Peak, as well as lush jungle riverbanks where you can see tapir and jaguar tracks, as well as possibly seeing howler monkeys, which were reintroduced to the reserve and whose population is increasing. We also offer a hike combined with leisurely river tubing on the South Stann Creek River.


Cockscomb Basin is a 2-hour drive along the stunning Hummingbird Highway and the Southern Highway, which pass through jungle hills, citrus orchards, and rangeland. We then pass through the traditional Mayan village of Maya Center where you can see a Women’s Craft Cooperative, herbal gardens, a traditional corn mill, women washing clothes by hand on rocks in the creek, and a new cacao program with chocolate making demonstrations.

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