Located in Southern Belize is the world’s only jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Surrounded by Maya Mountains and towering Victoria’s Peak, the Basin’s 120,000 acres is also home to jaguarundi, margays, ocelots, pumas, deer, howler monkeys and tapirs. The park offers a wide variety of hikes, including to a waterfall where you can dip in the refreshing waters. Our knowledgeable guides identify the numerous birds and flora and fauna of the pristine rainforest. With over 290 recorded species of birds this park is ideal for birders as well. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will not see them, but you can spot fresh tracks. Bring your binoculars as you trek through this rainforest of abundant beauty!
Take a scenic drive along the Hummingbird and Western Highways, we first explore the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced Shu-nan-tu-nitch), or Stone Maiden. Located near the Guatemalan border, a hand-cranked ferry will take you across the Belize River to this major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge with a panoramic view of the Cayo District. The main pyramid, El Castillo, has detailed stucco friezes and steps that you can climb all way to the top. The tour guide will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, on the way back, enjoy the fresh dip at the inland Blue Hole.