Cockscomb Range Travel Guide

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    Found him hiding in a tree stump
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Cockscomb Range Things to Do

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    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Jan 7, 2013

    Cockscomb Basin gives an opportunity to see many different jungle birds, and is well worth the time to hike around and look for different species. Early morning is best, but be prepared for the warmth and coolness even then; it can be deceptive.

    Kingfisher Hiking through the jungle
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    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking

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    You can easily spend a couple hours lazily drifting down the South Stann Creek River through Cockscomb Basin. With no dangerous fish or snakes, it is a relaxing place to drift and soak up the sun and maybe see some wildlife, like the howler monkeys we witnessed relaxing on the branches. You can rent tubes from the ranger station for about US$2.50, and it is a 20-minute walk to the put in (and then 20 minutes when you emerge from the river). Or a guide can take you if you prefer, either way. But sit back and enjoy the flow of the river through Belize.

    Floatin' nice and easy Down the calm water
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Birdwatching
    • Water Sports

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    Sure, we've all hiked during the day, seeing the twists and turns of the trail ahead of us, having great visibility of the rocks below our feet. But try that at night, with only a headlamp (or not even that)? You're in for a different world of Cockscomb. We hiked for a couple hours at night, most of the time with just the guide having a light on (to minimize disturbances of the wildlife and hopefully a better chance to catch them unawares). While we were, of course, hoping for a jaguar sighting, we did get to see a wide variety of other creatures: armadillo, kinkajou, possum, tarantula, red Brocket deer, small snake, toad, leaf-cutter ants. And we did see jaguar tracks! It was a great chance to see a different side of the jungle and explore the darkness.

    We went with a guide from Tutzil Nah Cottages, an outfitter in the nearby village of Maya Centre. He was fantastic, I highly recommend this group of three brothers who offer lodging and guided experiences in the park.

    Toads in the water Found him hiding in a tree stump
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

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Cockscomb Range Transportation

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    The toughest thing about getting to Cockscomb is actually getting there. The major bus lines will stop at Maya Centre, but that is still about a 30 or 40-minute drive away from the park entrance, and a good couple hours of walking should you attempt it by hand. Taxis in the village will cost about US$20 each way, probably more if you ask them to wait for you (i.e. if you're day-hiking or tubing or something). In retrospect, the easiest way would probably to have rented a motorbike from a nearby city (Hopkins or Dangriga), and used that to gain entrance to the park. But just for your information, plan ahead if you're going to access this beautiful piece of wilderness.

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    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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