Wildlife Reserves




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Belize is known for its abundance of wildlife. It’s home to many national parks, natural reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries.

IGUANA CONSERVATION

Located in San Ignacio, you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at these descendants of dinosaurs and learn how vital they are to the ecological balance of the Macal River ecosystem. This hands-on tour is both fun and educational and takes about an hour to complete. Depart before 10:00am for this two hour tour.

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve & Mayan Xocolatl Farm

Cockscomb Basin is renowned for being the world’s first and only jaguar preserve with over 128,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest.  In fact, Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve is home to all five of Belize’s large cats: jaguar, puma, margay, jaguarundi, and ocelot. Explore the jungle trails of this flora & fauna sanctuary with a naturalist tour guide.  After your hike, tube or float down the South Stann Creek River for a unique, close-up look at the jungle.

Next, you’ll grab some brunch (or lunch) before heading over to a nearby cacao farm.  This part of the tour gives you a front row seat to the ancient practice of chocolate making.  You’ll learn everything there is to know about chocolate, including its many healthy properties and how the ancient Mayan civilizations used the cacao beans as currency.  

Bring: bug spray, sunscreen, hat, light long pants, swimsuit, towel, dry clothes, camera, binoculars, hiking shoes, souvenir cash  
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate  
Approximate tour time: 7:30AM – 3:30PM

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve Night Hike

The pristine rainforests of the world’s first and only jaguar preserve come alive at night - try hiking its trails just after dusk for a one of a kind experience!  In addition to the elusive jaguar, you may also see pumas, ocelots and jaguarundis - Belize’s national animal. The Preserve is home to the endangered Baird’s Tapir and over 290 different species of birds.  On most nights, the air is clear enough to see the majestic shape of Victoria Peak, the highest point in Belize, rising 3,675 feet about sea level. This tour is ideal for nature lovers and intrepid travelers alike.  

Bring: bug spray, hat, light long pants, camera, hiking shoes, souvenir cash 
Difficulty level:  Moderate  
Approximate tour time: 5:30PM – 10:30PM

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