Over 230 different species of birds have been recorded in the park, including great green macaws, curassows, kingfishers, orioles, trogons, scarlet tanagers, band-tailed barbthroats, northern shovelers, motmots, spectacled owls, toucans (including the keel-billed toucan, Belize’s national bird), and several different species of parrots. The thriving ecosystem of the park makes it an excellent place to spot exotic wildlife such as tapirs (Belize’s national animal), anteaters, foxes, armadillos, kinkajous, pacas, black howler monkeys, and several different big cat species, including jaguars.
There are numerous hiking trails in the park, including easily accessible paths that lead to two of the most amazing waterfalls in the country. Bocawina Falls and Three Sisters Falls are located just a short distance from one another, and the cool waters at the base of these waterfalls are excellent for swimming. The third and largest waterfall in the park, Angel Falls, is more difficult to reach as it requires hiking across difficult and mountainous terrain that may become inaccessible during rainy weather. Angel Falls, however, offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding countryside and is also home to the longest zip line adventure in the country.
Guided hiking tours with experienced naturalists is a great way to learn more about the flora and fauna in the park, including information about plants used to make traditional Maya medicines. Bird watching is also a popular activity, and most visitors can spot dozens of different birds in just a few hours. For more adventurous visitors, activities on offer include zip lining and waterfall rappelling, available at all three waterfalls inside the park. Due to the physical challenges involved, these activities must be reserved ahead of time. The ancient Maya sites inside the park can also be visited, but these are still currently being excavated.