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Beginning at the coast of the Caribbean and continuing up to the Maya Mountains about 128,000 acres, is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Cockscomb Basin is known and respected as the only nature reserve in the region where Jaguars are still free to roam.

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Tour takes a half hour drive from Placencia and fifteen minutes drive from Hopkins down the Southern Highway.

After a brief orientation upon arrival, we will complete a hike along a well-marked trail. You will get the chance to see different animals and plants and lots of exotic birds. The tour also includes:

  • Lunch
  •  A quick hike to an amazing waterfall for a swim.


– River Tubing on inner tubes down the South Stann Creek River.

–  Enjoy a natural waterslide.

The tour finishes with a hike back to the vehicles.

Tours are based on a minimum of 2 persons. If you are traveling solo, please contact us for a special rate.



Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Stretching from the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains down to wetlands and then the Caribbean Coast of southeastern Belize, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the country’s most beautiful, unspoiled areas.

Measuring more than 150 square miles (400 square km) in size, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has no roads, automobile traffic, or residences, making it the perfect place to see Belize’s nature at its finest.

Located approximately 30 minutes from Placencia and 15 minutes from Hopkins Village, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including approximately 200 jaguars. The reserve is home to the world’s only dedicated scientific and conservation program to help preserve these rare animals in their natural habitat. Indeed, the IUCN and World Wildlife Fund have declared that the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is performing vital work in protecting jaguars as well as four other big cat species indigenous to Belize.

Other attractions in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary include colorful insects, hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The diverse landscape includes verdant hills, lush wetlands, and thick rainforest, making it an excellent place to see and explore nature.

The tour includes a brief orientation upon arrival, followed by a scenic hike along a well-marked trail. Participants will get to see fragrant flowers, exotic plants, colorful birds, and several different animal species, including potentially black howler monkeys, tapirs, gibnuts, and peccaries.

This tour also includes a stop at one of the amazingly beautiful waterfalls inside the reserve as well as the chance to enjoy a refreshing swim or a fun slide down one of the natural waterslides created by the falls. The tour also includes an inner tube trip down a section of the pristine South Stann Creek River and a delicious packed lunch.

Difficulty level – Moderate/Difficult

What to Bring – Camera, Sunscreen, Insect Repellant, Hiking Shoes, Swimsuit, Change of clothes

Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: USD $100 per person

ADD ON: River Tubing Add on is $15 USD per person  OR  Rock Sliding Add on is $ 10 USD per person 


Tour can be combined with Horseback riding or other tours upon your request

* Contact us for special deals on groups of 4 or more**


  1. admin

    “They told me the Cockscomb Basin was full of jaguars, but we didn’t see any because apparently they’re only awake at night. That’s okay, as our guide more than made up for it with tons of cool and interesting information about the plants and animals in the area. Definitely would recommend this tour!”

    -Virgina Morin, Boise Rivers, Idaho

  2. admin

    “I’ve never seen such a beautiful place in all my life as the Cockscomb Sanctuary. My goodness! Between the waterfalls, the river, and all the plants and animals, it was a truly amazing place. It felt like a little corner of Paradise. I’m so glad untouched natural places like this still exist.”

    -Frank Sanchez, Akron, Ohio

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