Welcome to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary


Part of the eastern Maya Mountain range, most visits to the sanctuary are restricted to a small eastern pocket, which contains a visitors center, the sanctuary's accommodations and a network of excellent walking trails.

Early mornings are the best time for wildlife watching, as most animals seek shelter in the heat of the day. Many visitors come as part of large (and inevitably noisy) tours arranged through nearby lodges or travel agencies, but your best bet for viewing more elusive wildlife is to come alone or in as small and quiet a group as possible.


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$440 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Waterfalls and 1000 Foot Falls by Helicopter

Your adventure will begin once you board your private helicopter at the Cisco Base Heliport in Belize City. This unique adventure will take you to see the Mayan Mountain Rivers, Valleys and Waterfalls among others. After leaving the heliport, you will follow the Burdon Canal which was built to provide an inland waterway for fresh farm producers from the fertile Sibun River Valley to Belize City in the 1920’s.  You will then head south-west of the Northern Lagoon and fly over the Sibun River, one of Belize’s major river systems with many twists and turns in approximately 100 miles of actual river. Then it’s out to the green pastures of the beautiful forest of Belize. Fly over the small but famous bathing spots such as Freetown Sibun, Butcher Burns, Cedar Bank and Gracy Rock Bank. You will then fly over Caves Branch where you will be able to see the beauty of the river as it flows through the cave system. This area encompasses 58,000 acres that are situated beneath a 100 ft rainforest canopy and is bordered by turquoise waters of Caves Branch River. Ahead of Caves Branch lays deep forest of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Not long after your eyes start to dazzle at the sparkling water that runs from the largest waterfall in Belize and in Central America; called 1000 ft Falls. This has recently been proclaimed a National Monument and has been opened to the public. Even though the name suggest otherwise, this waterfall is closer to 1,600 feet. Around this area there are many different beautiful and breath-taking waterfalls. After viewing all these amazing waterfalls, you will head up across the Mountain Pine Ridge area to have a bird’s eye view at the second-highest elevation in Belize, Victoria Peak. This mountain is 3,675 feet high and is surrounded by the tropical rainforest. To reach the peak of this mountain by ground the duration time is approximately 1 to 2 days long. Victoria Peak is located on the remote northern boundary of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary which is world renowned for being the first Jaguar Reserve. The tour then heads north across the Stann Creek District and Hummingbird highway. You will then fly across the Sibun Forest Reserve and finally the Southern and Northern Lagoons as you head for your final landing at Cisco Base, Belize City.

$150 Outdoor Activities

Cockscomb Mayan Adventure

The Cockscomb Mayan Adventure TourThe Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve.This "one of a kind" nature park was 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 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.Van departs from Palmento Grove Lodge at 8AM Arrival 8:30Mayan Herbal WalkRiver TubingHiking on the cockscomb trailRefreshing waterfall showerLunchDeparture from sanctuary  2PM

$35 Transfers & Ground Transport

Cockscomb Transfer

The Cockscomb Mayan Adventure TourThe Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve.This "one of a kind" nature park was 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 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.Drop off & Pick up at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary* Pickup from requested area in HopkinsArrival 45 minutes afterPickup from Cockscomb at time requestedArrival back at your requested destination

$170 Outdoor Activities

Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve Night Hike & Jaguar Spotting

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Dangriga, Stann CreekThe Cockscomb Mayan Adventure TourThe Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve.This "one of a kind" nature park was 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 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.Duration: 3 hours

$200 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Garifuna Cultural Culinary Adventure & Jaguar Reserve Night Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge, Hopkins, Stann CreekBelize Premier Black Indigenous Cultural & Cooking Classes guaranteed to be highly educational, entertaining and interactive. Come journey with us through our historical stories. We are glad to share the tremendous cultural value of our coconut trees engaging you in the interactive process of coconut harvesting, husking, tasting, grating and milk extraction. Enter our traditional Garifuna Kitchen where we share with you our cassava baking process and share many of our antique collection of artifacts with you. Cooking Class in Hopkins Belize is always fun time. Earn your bragging rights by over coming the heat in the kitchen. Fireheart Cooking Lessons is a unique signature experience where you get to prepare your own (HUDUT) traditional meal that is served for Lunch or Dinner. Culminate your Garifuna Immersion with sensational drum rolls learning the basic techniques of Garifuna drumming & Music & revitalizing your souls earning your delicious cultural dessert.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Dangriga, Stann CreekThe 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 the 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.Duration: 4 hours

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