Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Description
Starting at the Caribbean coast and sweeping upland to the base of the Maya Mountains, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Belize’s most spectacular parks.
In a vast land with no roads, businesses, hunters, or cars, the Cockscomb Basin is perhaps most famous for being the only nature reserve in the region where Central American jaguars are still free to roam.
Ideal for short day hikes or multi-day adventures, the Cockscomb Basin offers travelers a chance to see tropical birds, spectacular waterfalls, mountain vistas, old-growth forests, and a rich abundance of wildlife like tapirs (Belize’s national animal), deer, and monkeys.
Other denizens of the reserve include hundreds of species of colorful butterflies, amphibians, and reptiles.
Measuring more than 150 square miles in size, the area was once inhabited by the Ancient Maya empire more than 10,000 years ago.
Today, the reserve is one of Belize’s most important habitats, a thriving biosphere where exotic plant species and endangered animals can thrive.
The reserve is named for the Cockscomb Mountain Ridge, which resembles the shape of the comb of a rooster (cock).
River Tubing Tour Description
We will hike down to the South Stann Creek River, where you will gently float down the river for about an hour.
The water is cool, fresh and brisk.
Bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof bag for your phone, there is so much interesting wildlife you will see on this leg of the tour.
Hiking Tour Description
This tour takes you on a natural history hike where your guide will teach you about all of the flora and fauna of the area. Something catch your eye? Just ask your guide to explain.
$90US per person
7am - 5pm
Distance From Placencia
What To Bring
Bottle water, hat, bug spray, extra set of dry clothing, bathing suits, good hiking shoes (no flip flops), dry bag backpack for carrying lunch, towel, pocket money, camera.
All tours include transportation, entrance fees, equipment, guided tours and lunch.