You will set out from Villa Verano and proceed by car through pristine wetlands to the Southern Highway. On most days, the air will be clear enough to see the majestic spire of Victoria Peak and the distant Maya Mountain Range.
After about 20 minutes you will arrive at Maya Centre village, the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. Stopping briefly to sign in, you may choose to view the beautiful hand carved slate plaques, baskets, clothing and jewelry made in the village by the Mayan women.
The tour continues by foot into the dense tropical rainforest of the Cockscomb Basin which has a total protected area of over 100,000 acres. An Education Center details the topography, geology, plant and animal life that make up this incredible jungle. The preserve is believed to have the world’s highest density of jaguars as well as several other cat species. Although Cockscomb is famous for its cat species, it is also a good place to see other mammals. Black Howler monkeys have recently been reintroduced to the preserve and are sighted from time to time along the forest trails.
As you walk, your guide will interpret the flora and fauna that makes this park such an amazing place. With many established trails to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics, you may choose to visit one of the stunning waterfalls (a great place to take a cooling swim), or, less taxing, borrow an inner tube to float the south Sittee River, a true tropical wonder.
Departure: 8:00 am
Length: 4-6 Hours
Terrain: Dense tropical rainforest with well maintained trails and jungle canopy
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate/Difficult: discuss options with guide
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, cap or hat, sunglasses, long pants, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes or boots, camera, binoculars, swimsuit, beach towel and extra (dry) clothes for the end of your day.