Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve

Belize, Latin America

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve

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  • The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has a large network of trails.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Bird of paradise (Strelitzia).- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Dense jungle in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Straightforward trail directions.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Fire safety information near the campsite in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Viewpoint over the jungle looking toward 3,675-foot Victoria Peak.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Tiger fern.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Lower waterfall on Tiger Fern Trail.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Upper waterfall on Tiger Fern trail- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Swimming in the upper waterfall pool on the Tiger Fern Trail.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Bird of paradise (Strelitzia).- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Dense jungle in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Plane wreckage along the Plane Wreck Trail.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Stream crossing.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
  • Jaguar crossing in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary + Jaguar Preserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Waterfalls. Views. Swimming.
Cons: 
Bugs. Heat.
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Region:
Belize, LT
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
$5.00
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Light rain in the morning and afternoon.
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Rain starting in the afternoon.
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Light rain in the afternoon and evening.
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Light rain overnight.
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Light rain starting in the evening.
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Drizzle overnight.
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Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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In the heart of the jungle, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve is the world's first jaguar reserve. Having the highest density of jaguars does not mean you will see one, however. You may stumble across prints from jaguars or any of the other animal species that call this jungle home; monkeys, lizards, snakes, tapir, ocelot and around 300 species of birds can be found here. With over 128,000 acres of protected land and 17 different hiking trails covering more than 20 miles, there is plenty to explore. You can make this a day trip or stay for several days in one of the on-site cabins or campsites.

The upper watersheds of the rivers are also protected, which makes for a rich ecosystem. Although the heat and humidity may be high, cooling off after a long hike is easy in the pools beneath waterfalls or with a float on the river. Guides are available at the Maya Centre entrance, and you can also choose to hike without a guide.

In terms of access, visitors should note that roads may be more difficult to drive after a rain, and four-wheel drive is recommended. Rain can also make trails slippery and dangerous in some areas. Signs for the park are scarce when arriving from the south. Also, it is a good idea to take a picture of the park map posted on signs due to a dearth of signs in the park.

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