Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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This reserve was established to help protect the endangered jaguar and other species native to Belize.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Sean S
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hike + swim in a waterfall pool
    Long drive up a gravel road was worth every bump. Family enjoyed a self-guided hike to Ben’s Bluff waterfall. Memories of swimming in jungle pool beneath the falls will last a lifetime. Wear real shoes, a hat, and swim gear.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Jim M
    74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see Belize. You could spend a few days here and have a great time every day!
    WOW! All types of hiking trails and beautiful scenery! We went with a tour guide Selvin through Hopkins Bay Resort. He took his time with us and showed us so many things along the rail. There were other groups that passed us on the way to the waterfall but they did not get the experience we had. The hike was good, the water cool and the experience was wonderful! Thank you Selvin (I Hope I spelled your name correctly!)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2023
  • TravelFun_seekerz
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous hike up to Ben's Bluff and a refreshing plunge on the way back down
    I need to try and mix in some reviews that are less than 5* but this is not the place to start. Wife and I actually ended up here by mistake. I'd actually intended to hit up Mayflower Bocawina National Park, but it all worked out in the end. It's a pretty rough dirt road for a few miles into the park. We drove pretty slow and enjoyed the jungle view. Once at the park you go and pay your entrance fee at a little building with a guestbook and the ranger/host fella gives you a description of your visiting options. There are a couple waterfall hikes, one of which (Tiger's Bluff) requires a guide. There is also the option of hiking in and renting a tube to float down the river. The tube float sounded very cool, but we were feeling a hike so we did the unguided hike up to Ben's Bluff. There is a nice little water fall and swimming hole on the way to Ben's Bluff. SOOO refreshing. The hike to the waterfall is really flat and easy. Once you hit the water fall it's another kilometer or so up to the actual Ben's bluff. The hike up to Ben's bluff gets pretty steep. We took a couple breaks to enjoy the scenery and catch our breath. It's fascinating the way you start in a jungle rainforest at the beginning of the hike and by the end you're surrounded by pine trees like you're in California. Absolutely beautiful view from the top. I highly recommend a visit to Cockscomb Basin. I wish we had more time to hang out. The tube float would have been cool. Will definitely return...
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2024
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TravelFun_seekerz
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I need to try and mix in some reviews that are less than 5* but this is not the place to start.

Wife and I actually ended up here by mistake. I'd actually intended to hit up Mayflower Bocawina National Park, but it all worked out in the end. It's a pretty rough dirt road for a few miles into the park. We drove pretty slow and enjoyed the jungle view.

Once at the park you go and pay your entrance fee at a little building with a guestbook and the ranger/host fella gives you a description of your visiting options. There are a couple waterfall hikes, one of which (Tiger's Bluff) requires a guide. There is also the option of hiking in and renting a tube to float down the river. The tube float sounded very cool, but we were feeling a hike so we did the unguided hike up to Ben's Bluff.

There is a nice little water fall and swimming hole on the way to Ben's Bluff. SOOO refreshing. The hike to the waterfall is really flat and easy.

Once you hit the water fall it's another kilometer or so up to the actual Ben's bluff. The hike up to Ben's bluff gets pretty steep. We took a couple breaks to enjoy the scenery and catch our breath. It's fascinating the way you start in a jungle rainforest at the beginning of the hike and by the end you're surrounded by pine trees like you're in California. Absolutely beautiful view from the top.

I highly recommend a visit to Cockscomb Basin. I wish we had more time to hang out. The tube float would have been cool. Will definitely return...
Written 27 February 2024
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darrellstravel
Rio Rancho, NM210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
interesting place had a great time just watch out with the locals , a couple guys tried to take my stuff. When confronted they stated they thought it was their stuff, and then took off
Written 30 January 2024
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Jim M
Albuquerque, New Mexico74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
WOW! All types of hiking trails and beautiful scenery! We went with a tour guide Selvin through Hopkins Bay Resort. He took his time with us and showed us so many things along the rail. There were other groups that passed us on the way to the waterfall but they did not get the experience we had. The hike was good, the water cool and the experience was wonderful! Thank you Selvin (I Hope I spelled your name correctly!)
Written 31 December 2023
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Sean S
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Long drive up a gravel road was worth every bump. Family enjoyed a self-guided hike to Ben’s Bluff waterfall. Memories of swimming in jungle pool beneath the falls will last a lifetime.

Wear real shoes, a hat, and swim gear.
Written 28 July 2023
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Mira
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Its incredible - lots of long trails - the animals can be hard to spot so fill your desire to see animals by going next door to Ya'axkin Butterfly Farm, a Myan owed business for the love of butterflies - even if butterflies aren't your thing - trust me - its a WOW
Written 13 January 2023
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Natalie B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Loved our hike to the waterfall! Bring old shoes/shoes you don't mind getting muddy, especially if it has been raining. The hike was beautiful and not very difficult. Cooled off in the waterfall at the end of the hike. No need for a tour guide. Double waterfall hike was closed due to heavy rainfall and we unfortunately did not see any wildlife.
Written 8 October 2022
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CJBRJB
Godstone, UK510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stayed 3 nights in the park in a private cabin. The cabin was large and well equipped, one double bedroom and a second bedroom with a single bed and two bunk beds. The cabin had a small kitchen and dining area, bathroom with a shower with hot & cold water and an enclosed verandah sitting area. The cabin does not have air con or a fan so it can get very hot. The cabin is basic but it was clean and comfortable. We had our own guide for the 3 nights so we bought in our own water and we had really great food delivered from Aurora's place just off the main road on the road that leads to the reserve. Staying in the park allowed us to go trekking early morning, during the day and in the evening. We also did some night drives where we were lucky enough to spot an Ocelot. We didn't see any Jaguar's unfortunately but we did see various snakes, spiders, birds, bats & otters in the river when we were river tubing. The hikes were varied, the best hike is the hike to the viewpoint and waterfalls - the suggested distance is definitely wrong for some of the trails. The lady in the reception area is very helpful as were all the staff that work in the park. If you do stay in the park accommodation you will need to organise your own supplies. Having a guide with us made this very easy, we definitely got more out of our visit by having a guide with us. The accommodation where our guide stayed had shared facilities so do check if you want to book something more private.
Written 29 June 2022
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msbent3218
Fort Lauderdale, FL168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Nice hiking trails, but a little disappointed because the only wildlife we saw was an iguana. I guess it is hit and miss.
Written 20 March 2022
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BackRoadBruce
Florence, CO336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The hiking here is excellent. Tiger Fern and Ben's Bluff are somewhat challenging. The waterfalls are beautiful. The rangers were courteous and helpful. I enjoyed the park so much I spent an extra day.
Written 14 February 2022
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Kim Hampton
Colorado Springs, CO24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We didn't see much in the way of wildlife/birds as it was daytime in December, but the flora! We would love to go back in the spring when the parrots are more plentiful
Written 29 December 2021
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