Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has the world’s highest concentration of big cats in the world. In addition to jaguars, this 98 000 acre Jaguar Reserve is home to jaguarondis, pumas, ocelots and margays. There is also a lot of “cat food” to be found including agouties, anteaters, armadillos, tapirs, brocket deer, coatis, kinkajous, otters, pacas, and peccaries and a troop of howler monkeys. Lots of birds can be seen while hiking in this beautiful wildlife refuge. Your licensed guide will show and describe many of the plants and trees and the uses the Maya made of them and will help you spot the birds, insects and animals resident in the Jaguar Preserve.
Hiking paths range from easy to strenuous. A typical tour is an easy hike along the River Walk trail to learn about the plants and trees and the uses the Maya made of them and look for the birds, insects and animals resident in the Jaguar Preserve. After lunch enjoy river tubing and then take a 20 minute hike to swim in the cool pool below the waterfall.
For those looking for more of a workout, climb to Ben’s Bluff where you can enjoy the panorama with Mount Victoria and Outlier and then take a swim beneath the waterfall on the way back. Tiger Fern is another good workout taking about an hour to get to the peak, and then another hour to hike down the other side and then up to another waterfall. There are lots of other trails to explore depending on your interest and fitness level.
Check out the plane a short hike off the road and read the amazing story of how it came to be there.
The tour leaves Placencia at 08:00 am and returns at around 4:30 pm.
Cost is $US 140 per person including licensed guide, transportation, entrance fee and lunch.
Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirt, long pants for the hiking and bring water shoes and a swim suit and for the river tubing. Bring a camera, insect repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Birders should bring binoculars as the Jaguar preserve rain forest is quite dense. Bringing a change of clothing is recommended as you are likely to work up a good sweat.
Fitness level required: low to strenuous, depending upon the specific trail to be explored.