Belize Jaguar Preserve
Departs: 8:00 AM
approx. 6-8 hours
After breakfast we set out from the Lodge and proceed through pristine wetlands on our way to the Southern Highway. On most days the air will be clear enough to see the majestic spire of Victoria Peak ( 3,675 ft. ) and the distant Maya Mountain Range.
We soon arrive at Maya Center and the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. We stop briefly to sign in and to view the beautiful hand-carved slate plaques, baskets, clothing and jewelry made in the village by the local Mayan Indians.
We then continue into the dense tropical rainforest of the Cockscomb Basin, which has a total protected area of over 100,000 acres.
Your guide will then take us on several established trails, each with its own unique characteristics. As you walk, the guide will interpret the flora and fauna that makes this park such an amazing place. The preserve is believed to have the world's highest density of Jaguar as well as several other cat species.
The Education Center details the topography, geology, plant and animal life that make up this incredible rainforest.
We will return to the ranger station and rest up for a hike to a beautiful waterfall; a great place to take a cooling swim. By mid afternoon we will begin our journey back to the Lodge for a late lunch.
Although Cockscomb is famous for its cat species, it is also a good place to see other mammals. Black howler monkeys have recently been reintroduced to the preserve and are sighted regularly along the forest trails.
Don't forget to bring: bug repellent, hat, swimsuit, towel, hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, rain jacket, bird identification book.
Lunch available at extra cost.