Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary
District/Region
Stann Creek
Description
Highlights
  • Jaguar Reserve
  • Victoria Peak
  • Variety of Flora & Fauna
  • Camping
  • Waterfall

About Location
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world's first jaguar preserve. Located in Southern Belize, it was first declared as a forest reserve in 1984 and two years after a small portion of the area was declared as a sanctuary.  In 1990 the entire area of the forest reserve was announced to be a sanctuary, covering over a hundred thousand acres of land.
 
Features:
Camping, Parking
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Available Listings
$
91
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$
113
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Bird watching can be enjoyed all year round outside the heat of the day. Belize has well over 500 residential and migratory bird species with 80% being residential. Whether you are ... morean experienced ornithologist or a birding beginner, Belize is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

The thick vegetation of the reserve is home over 300 species of birds that have been recorded. By many accounts, Cockscomb Basin offers some of the best birding in Belize. Certainly, the most productive times for birding are early morning and late afternoon.
$
74
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$
210
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Hike through the pristine and diverse Maya Mountains of Belize, have the chance to view a plethora of terrestrial animals such as jaguars, margays, ferdelances, howler monkeys and ... moreother interesting creatures along with medicinal plants and lush greenery. You will have the option of having a short and easy hike to Ben's Bluff waterfall to take a refreshing waterfall shower and can also continue on to a more vigorous hike to the top of Ben's Bluff. Once there you will have a majestic view of the Maya Mountains and the Belizean coast as you see for miles the Beauty that is Belize. Coming back we also have a series of exciting natural slides that you can take up until the halfway part of your hike.

You also have the option of adding a calm river tube through the Maya Mountains, with the chance to view howler monkeys and boa constrictors hanging on to the majestic trees by the river bed.
$
85
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$
110
/ Person
$
85
/ Group
Departs From:
Placencia
Experience the Rainforest while you explore the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The world’s first reserve of its kind! Through Dr. Alan Rabinowitz's ecological studies conducted ... morebetween 1982 and 1984, it was observed that the Cockscomb Basin contained the highest population density of Jaguars ever recorded. Therefore in 1984, the area was initially declared a forest reserve with a “No Hunting” ordinance to protect the large Jaguar population and their habitat. It was later declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1986.

While at the preserve, we hike well-established trails through the rainforest learning about the flora and fauna. Along the way, one may see evidence of Jaguars and other mammals such as Howler Monkeys, Tapir or Peccaries (wild pigs). The preserve is also a haven to over 300 bird species making it an added attraction to the avid Bird Watcher. We will also have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim at one of the waterfalls’ pools and for the more adventurous will allow additional time to trek to the summit for a spectacular panoramic view of the basin. After a picnic lunch we gather “inner tubes” and life vest, proceed to South Stann Creek River to finish our expedition tubing down the gentle river while taking in the scenery and spotting wildlife and more birds.
$
65
/ Person
$
160
/ Group
Departs From:
Hopkins
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized internationally as the world’s first jaguar preserve. The park offers a wide variety of hikes of varying lengths and difficulty, including ... moreto Ben's Bluff, which has a spectacular view of the entire Basin, and to a waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. It is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of over 290 species of birds. The tracks of wildcats, tapir, deer, and other wildlife are often seen on hiking trails. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will see them, but you can spot fresh tracks.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Enjoy a combination of nature and culture at a low cost. Enjoy the refreshing waters of the waterfalls and river at Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. Followed by a cultural adventure through ... morethe footsteps of the Garifuna ancestor. Surely unforgettable.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve.Besides being the home to Belize's largest cat, the sanctuary protects ... morethe headwaters of two major river systems and supports an abundance of hardwood vegetation and a diverse faunal assemblage.Over 128,000 acres of lush jungle are ringed by the spectacular Cockscomb Mountains.Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to all five (5) of Belize's cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi, and Ocelot. It is estimated that over 80 resident Jaguars are in the area. Belize's national animal, the endangered Baird's Tapir also inhabits the Basin and over 290 different species of birds have been recorded.This tour is ideal for nature lovers and intrepid travelers.

Get a chance to be up close and personal with the majestic jaguar.
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40
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$
100
/ Person
Type of Vehicle:
Mini Van
The Cockscomb Mayan Adventure Tour The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve. This "one of a kind" nature park ... morewas established as a result of jaguar studies conducted in the area by Alan Rabinowitz (aka “The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection”). Besides being the home to Belize's largest cat, the sanctuary protects the headwaters of two major river systems and supports an abundance of hardwood vegetation and a diverse faunal assemblage. Over 128,000 acres of the lush jungle is ringed by the spectacular Cockscomb Mountains.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to all five (5) of Belize's cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi, and Ocelot. It is estimated that over 80 resident Jaguars are in the area. Belize's national animal, the endangered Baird's Tapir also inhabits the Basin and over 290 different species of birds have been recorded. This tour is ideal for nature lovers and intrepid travelers.

Drop off & Pick up at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary*

Pickup from the requested area in Hopkins

Arrival 45 minutes after

Pickup from Cockscomb at the time requested

Arrival back at your requested destination
$
100
/ Person
Departs From:
Placencia
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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized internationally as the world’s first jaguar preserve. It is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, ... moreand rich diversity of neo-tropical birds and the occasional encounter of land animals such as Gibnutt, coatimundi, and various wildlife.
This adventure requires a 1 hour + mins drive from Placencia where we stop at a Mayan Village where one can purchase traditional Mayan Art. A 6 miles off road drive follows before arriving at the reserve, where we commence our tour with a nature hike looking for wildlife, discovering medicinal plants and learning about the Park’s history & efforts to save Jaguar. Afterward, guests can enjoy a refreshing tube-float down the river for almost an hour and a hike to a waterfall for an invigorating swim in its cool mountain waters.
$
70
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$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of over 290 species of birds. The tracks of wildcats, tapir, ... moredeer, and other wildlife are often seen on hiking trails. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will see them, but you can spot fresh tracks.

The trip begins with a stop at the traditional village of Maya Center which is at the entrance of the preserve. Here, you will find Mayan arts and crafts are for sale.

The park offers a wide variety of hikes of varying lengths and difficulty, including to Ben’s Bluff, which has a spectacular view of the entire Basin, and to a waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
$
120
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Provider:
Belize Mayan Chocolate Tour You’ve probably enjoyed tasty chocolate treats your whole life without ever knowing where it came from. This tour is perfect for chocolate lovers ... moreas you’ll get to learn about the traditional Maya method of making chocolate, starting with the cocoa bean and continuing all the way to the finished chocolate bar.

This tour starts with learning how cocoa beans are extracted from the pods, fermented, dried, and then prepared for making chocolate. Participants will then be able to eat and enjoy their creations.

Note: All chocolate is grown by local farmers and is certified organic.
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COCKSCOMB BASIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY tour in October
Jimmy and Victor were dynamic tour guides. Jimmy was very knowledgeable in Belize History and Victor was our personal nature guide. Before heading to Belize in October, we have our fears about the weather interfering with booking excursions. Even though we were not able to go river tubing due to the water levels being too high, they did their best to accommodate the change and we went rock sliding ... more instead. Rock sliding was an amazing experience. Another perk about traveling to Placencia Belize in October is that it’s the slow season and we were able to experience a private personal tour. We had a group of 4 and 2 tour guides. From the moment Jimmy picked us up to the moment he dropped us off, we learned so much about the country and the rain forest that you won’t be able to get just doing research alone. I highly recommended booking this excursion early on during your vacation because this allowed us to appreciate and understand the culture during the rest of our stay. Jimmy and Victor were awesome and Placencia Belize is such a natural and beautiful Country. There was so much more to explore but we didn’t have enough time to get to them all. We will definitely be back to book other excursion with you.
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