Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
& Jaguar Preserve

Near Hamanasi is the world's only jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Ringed on three sides by the Maya Mountains and towering Victoria's Peak, the Basin's 120,000 acres is also home to jaguarundi, margays, ocelots, pumas, deer, howler monkeys and tapirs.
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This trip begins with a stop at the traditional village of Maya Center where Mayan arts and crafts are for sale. The park offers a wide variety of hikes, including to a waterfall where you can dip in the refreshing waters. Our knowledgeable guides identify the numerous plants, birds and fauna of the pristine rainforest. With over 290 recorded species of birds this park is ideal for birders. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will see them, but you can spot fresh tracks. Bring your binoculars as you trek through this rainforest you'll see a plethora of birds and perhaps an elusive jaguar!

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  • Price Price: US $75
    per person
  • Intensity Intensity:
  • people Minimum: 1
  • Depart Depart: 7:00 am
  • Return Return: 3:00 pm

Includes:

  • Entrance Fee

  • Towel

  • Light Lunch

  • Cookies

  • Juice

  • Water

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Camera

  • Bathing suit

  • Shorts

  • Light long pants

  • Light long sleeved shirt

  • Sturdy Shoes or Boots

  • Insect Repellent

  • Binoculars

  • Field guide


Other Information:

This adventure can be included in any of our packages. If you do not purchase a package, this tour may be booked a la carte for the listed price.

Intensity Key:

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  • Moderate
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[More general information about our tours]

Everyday, Hamanasi offers a barrier reef excursion and an inland excursion based on a preset schedule. These scheduled tours are included in package rates. Tours beyond the daily scheduled tours are not included in package rates but can be booked at the listed cost. All tours are accompanied by a licensed Belizean tour guide and include any permits needed. A PADI professional accompanies all dive trips. More information about our tours is available on our rates and policies pages.

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I’ve been to quite a few dive resorts. Hamanasi is hands down, the best so far. Thank you for a wonderful time.

This is my 6th Belize dive adventure in the past 18 years and my best ALL around experience.

Room beautifully decorated and clean! The entire staff was extremely helpful & courteous. Food was the best! Tour guides extremely knowledgeable!

Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.

Overall, great experience! Staff made you feel extremely welcome and tended to your every need. Tours gave you a taste of Belize and the resort gave you a taste of heaven!

Hamanasi helped introduce my family to the Garifuna & Maya people of Belize. Everything is so close – the mountains, caves, waterfalls, animals, ruins – this is such a peaceful country with rich culture and a people that cares about the environment. What a hidden gem! Thank you!

Wonderful warm staff, excellent guides, variety of inland tours, very comfortable rooms

Everything here is perfect for honeymooners and active travelers! Beautiful grounds, tons of interesting tours and good food & drinks to help you relax and enjoy yourself

Just keep doing what you’re doing… The Mayan tour history was incredible; the guide was extremely knowledgeable and profoundly connected to his heritage.

“Golden was an excellent guide for birding, we saw a wide variety of birds”

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