Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary aka Jaguar Reserve
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May 10th, 2007 – by: Reephboy
So upon revisiting CBWS for the first time in 4 years, I told that very story to my parents as we took a our first hike, which coincidentally, was in the late evening, approaching dusk.
The Jaguar Reserve is one of the best places in Belize to spend a few days if you are interested in jungle hikes and looking for Central American terrestrial wildlife. They have a range of ammenities for overnight stays, from bunk rooms to small cabins to a house. The prices are affordable. If you travel with a tent you can camp as well. There is only one restaurant nearby, and that is more than 3 miles from the headquarters, so you need to pack in any food you want unless you have your own transportation. A community kitchen, eating space, and showers/restrooms are available for the bunkers and cabin dwellers. The house features its own kitchen, refrigeration, and bathroom.
Our 3 night stay allowed us sufficient time to explore the park. We hiked twice a day and rested during the heat of the afternoon. Each morning we awoke with the roar of the resident howler monkeys and set out before sunrise. In the evenings we set out an hour or hour and a half before sunset. Not only is that the coolest time for hiking, but it is also the hours of peak activity for wildlife. Dawn and dusk are the best times to see monkeys, birds, jaguars and other cats, peccaries, otters, other mammals, and of course, snakes!
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