For those seeking adventure, just a few miles north of Placencia lies the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world’s first jaguar preserve. Although you might be lucky to spot the elusive jaguar, you will be able to experience the adventure that lies in this sub-tropical rainforest — like river tubing and basking under a refreshing waterfall.
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Saturday is also considered bird watcher’s paradise, and is home to some endangered species like the Scarlet Macaw, Keel Billed Toucan, Emerald Toucanet, and the King Vulture.The preserve is also home to an abundance of amphibians and reptiles, including the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Among the mammals found in the preserve are Coatis, Tapirs, Deer, Otters, Anteaters, Armadillos, and, of course, the elusive jaguars.
A wide range of different plant species makes up the forest of the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. These include some large trees such as Ceiba, Mahogany, and Santa Maria. A large number of orchids and bromeliads can also be found here as well.
On the tour you guide will take you on the sanctuary’s well-maintained trails, covered by an umbrella of the luscious green forest canopy, pointing out medicinal plants and herbs, animal life and habitats. Sighting the resident howler monkeys and other resident animals is not unusual, so keep your eyes open when hiking the trails!
After lunch, you will tube-float down the shallow South Stann Creek River, then hike to a small waterfall for a cool jungle dip. After which, you may brave the natural waterside carved into the limestone mountains. Your descent along the forest trails will take you to the parking lot and your return to Placencia.
Trip Begins: 8:00 a.m.
Trip Returns: 5:00 p.m.
What To Bring:
Bring hiking shoes, if you don’t have hiking shoes, a sneaker with heavy treads will do just fine. Wear long pant for protection from the insects and thorny plants. No sun protection is necessary because the forest canopy provides abundant shade. Also, bring an extra change of clothes and swimwear for the river float and the waterfall. You will be in the forest, so put on a lot of insect repellent.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – $95US per person
Price include local guide, lunch, and park fees and admission, and 12.5% Sales tax.