Chiquibul National Park

Category
Destination
District/Region
Cayo
Description
Highlights
  • Waterfall & River pools
  • Caracol Archaeological Site
  • Maya Mountains & Hiking
About Location
Chiquibul National Park is Belize's largest national park. It is 1,073 km² in size. The park is located in Belize's Cayo District. The national park surrounds Caracol, a Mayan city.The forest has been mostly unbroken since the Maya left it centuries ago. The park has high biodiversity. Species found in the park include keel-billed motmots, kinkajous, jaguars, jaguarundis, king vultures, margays, ocelots, ocellated turkeys, Yucatan spider monkeys, and Baird's tapirs. It has Belize's largest breeding population of scarlet macaws. New insect and crustacean species have been discovered in the park.The biological diversity of the park has not yet been fully explored. In 1993, a botanist from Missouri Botanical Garden collected more than 130 plant species previously unreported in Belize. Three of these species had never before been reported in Central America.
 
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$
300
/ Group
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
5 nights. From the heavens to the underworld Day 1: Pick up at the International Air Port in Belize City. (Depending on the time your flight lands, we might be able to do a tour.) ... moreMaybe Cave Tubing. And if it’s early enough we can come to San Ignacio and experience our Market day and have lunch in town. Travel time: 1 hour and 45 Minutes to San Ignacio Hotel.

Day 2:

Caracol Archeological site. Leave the hotel at 7.15 am and return by 5 pm. (If you are interested, I can take you deeper in the Chiquibul to a research station and hopefully We see Scarlet Macaws in the wild and our drive from there will be as the sun is setting. This will give us a higher probability of seeing wildlife on our drive out. ) 

Day 3:

Barton Creek cave canoeing, Zipline will be optional. If we only do the cave, it’s going to be a half day tour but if we include the Zip line tour then your day will extend to about 3:30 pm. This day can start at 8 am. And can be combined with other options which I will discuss when you get here. (If you decide to go Deeper in the chiquibul and drive out at sunset then the Barton Creek tour can be done at 1 pm so that you get a chance to relax a bit.)

Day 4:

Offering Cave. We leave the hotel at 7:30 am and we will be using a 6 passenger Polaris ATV for this tour. About 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to this dry cave where we will be exploring and seeing tons of artifacts left as offerings by the ancient Mayas. After the cave, we will be going to swim at a waterfall. This is also a full day. All this on a Polaris Ranger ATV. Should be back by 5 pm.

Day 5:

Xunantunich Archeological site, to get to this site one has to manually crank a ferry to get across the river. I would also love to take you to make and taste chocolate made traditionally by a Maya family. You will be able to see how the cacao bean becomes chocolate.

Day 6:

Depart from your hotel to the International airport. Time will depend on your flight. 
$
600
/ Group
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Day 1: Caracol Archeological site / Scarlet Macaw Boat Tour Pick up in San Ignacio and drive two hours and fifteen minutes to Caracol. After the tour, we will drive about 20 minutes ... moreto Tapir camp where we will drive for about 45 minutes to the Cuevas Research Center for the night. We have the option of enjoying the sunset from a bird tower and after dinner; going for either a night hike or a night drive.

Day 2:

Option 1:

Bird watching in the morning or sleep in and wake up to the birds and sounds of the Chiquibul Forest. After breakfast, we can go explore the cave at Cuevas. Lunch at the Research Center and drive out to the Mountain Pine Ridge for a swim at the Rio On Pools. Should have you out in San Ignacio by 5 pm.

Option 2

Early breakfast and drive out towards the mountain Pine Ridge to meet one of the FCD Rangers at the Upper Macal River. The tour will take us deep into the Chiquibul Forest looking for the Scarlet Macaws and other wildlife. There are only about a 100 mating pairs of Macaws and they are nesting in the upper Macal River.

We will take you to the heart of their nesting site. Proceeds from this tour will go to the protection of the Chiquibul and the research needed to keep this place for future generations to enjoy.

After lunch on the boat, we head back down the river to the car and drive home. We will give you the option of stopping for a swim at the Rio On Pools before going to San Ignacio.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Let us take you deep into the Chiquibul nature reserve. The boat ride will take you up the Macal and Raspa culo river. This is the only area in Belize where the scarlet macaws are ... morenesting. There are only approximately 100 mating pairs and we are at risk of losing them to poachers. Allow us to put you in a situation where your chances are very high of seeing as much of our fauna.

From Cayo, we leave at about 6:00 am and after a 2:20 hours drive up and through the mountain pine ridge.
We meet the boat captain just above the Chalillo dam, where we start our boat ride. Look out for crocodiles, tapirs and scarlet macaws.

After having lunch we will take a steep hike to see the chiquibul blue hole. Then a swift ride home. The tour is done in partnership with F.C.D. Friends for Conservation and Development and most of the money goes to the conservation and protection of the chiquibul forest.
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