Hello, Do you know exactly where at in the park I am able to see the Macaws. I will be in the park next week looking to photograph toucans and macaws but not sure where to find then. Any information would be appreciated. thanks, greg
We're going in April. Is it better to go during the day or night? If during the day, is it better with or without a guide? If with a guide - from which tour company?
I would agree with the other answers about getting a guide if you want to see animals and the point on the main road. I would recommend going during the day. My wife and I booked through our resort. They drove us there and we told them what time to pick us up. We did not book a guide. We were there 1/2 day and saw no animals, but many birds. I would imagine that a guide could help spot a few that we missed, but not that much. If you are interested in the different plants and trees, then the guide would be worth it. A few other thing to consider: * the place is big and there are long trails, so plan ahead on the trails you want to hike. * the site of the airplane crash is worth seeing, but it is far from many of the trails. We asked our driver if he could drive us to the trail (which you pass on the way out) and wait 5 minutes for us. The plane is only about a 2 minute hike from the road. That worked out great for us, especially since we did it at the end of the day and we were too pooped to hoof it down the road to the trail. Ask if your driver can do that for you.
Anyone have advice on how to get BACK from Cockscomb to Placencia, if we choose to get a taxi or car from our hotel there? We have read that many of the tours are large and loud, and reduce likelihood of seeing wildlife, and my husband and I are experienced hikers/backpackers. But this is our first trip to Belize, and we aren't sure what to expect when it comes to getting a car for the afternoon/day, etc. Anyone know how to go about it, and rough costs we should anticipate?
Interested in staying for two nights in April and I haven't found many lodging reviews for the cabins/dorms. Would love some details/suggestions on which cabin to stay at. How are the kitchen facilities (fridge? range? kitchenware?)? Thank you.
We’ve stayed in „rustic cabin” which was basicaly a double room with twin beds - the rooms are „connected” by the common ceiling but when we were there there was only one more room talent. There’s only beds and a night stand, the light was very subtle so you need a headlamp or something (and to go to the toilet or kitchen when it’s dark outside. In the kitchen there is a stove for sure and some utensils etc. I cant say for sure there was a fridge because we didnt use it but i think there should be. The standards are pretty much foresty and you have to be aware of all the bugs, spiders and so on. Oh and there is only cold water but it shouldnt be a surprise :) also dont try to wąsy your clothes there because they wont get dry 😀
Hello! So you don't need to go on a guided tour here? Are the trails well groomed and marked? Thanks for your help!
I wasn’t aware they had guided trails. You definitely need transportation from the highway to the actual park which is 6 miles. That costed us $20US one way. Inside we just asked which trail had the most bang for the buck since we wanted to also tune down the river before heading back to our accommodation. We did Tiger’s eye which is marked by a small sign, and it’s a bit challenging so have plenty of water and snacks. You’ll get views of the entire Basin at the top and two lovely waterfalls if you keep following the signs once you’ve reached the top. It’s another 20 mins down to the water falls. Hope this helps!
Hi There! I enjoyed reading your review on the Cockscomb Tour with Benedicto Choc. Do you have a way to contact him? We are also traveling as a family with 2 teenage boys would love to have him be our guide. Any advice on how to contact or request him would be great!
I have had great difficulty responding as the site does not allow for anything resembling an email address to be transmitted. Try contacting me at brucetate, then the at sign, then rogers, and the dot and com.
I'm looking at booking a family trip to Belize, I would just like to know if some of these activities are doable with 2 young children 6 and 3.5. I saw one post mention that tubing has a height requirement of 40 inches. I'm just wondering is it reasonable to think we can do some of these hikes/ activities with the kids. I'm mostly interested in doing the hike to the waterfall/swimming hole, the monkey river tour (is it too long do you think, i saw something like 5 hours duration) and cave tubing or river tubing. Any thoughts or insight on if this is suitable for kids would be appreciated.
I wouldn’t recommend an overnight, necessarily, but a day in the park is doable for kids. They even have a kids visitor’s center with good information about the animals. Not sure about the height restrictions for tubing, but depending on when you go, the river will be higher and faster, especially during the rainy season. Tiger fern is a fun hike with some swimming. There’s also the ben’s bluff trail....the swimming/waterfall stop is well before the hike gets strenuous. Kids could also do the plane wreck hike, and would probably like seeing the old, broken plane. I think there’s also the butterfly trail, which, if I remember correctly, is a quick & flat loop. On your way up to Cockscomb, stop by Maya Center To learn about maya culture and get some chocolate...Julio enjoys when families and young visitors come through, and you won’t meet a family more welcoming!
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Hi,I have multiple questions. My family & I will be stopping in Belize as a day Port O’call with Carnival. I have always wanted to see Belize, it’s on my bucket list but in my dreams I had a few weeks to explore & see Belize but I only have a “Day” due to deptarture times. Is this a possible day trip for those on a cruise? What is the likelihood of a Jaguar sighting on the tubing trip? while walking? Are there any guided tours of the reserve? Are there any options for those with mobility issues? Is this suitable for a 12yr & 13yr old? Despite only having a day in Belize I am determined to make the best & most of the ability to simply see Belize while creating a lifetime of memories with my family. Thanks Mrs.Gunderson
Hi Mrs.Gunderson, As ctbpny said, your chances of seeing a Jaguar are about one in a million. The cats will see you but you will likely only come across their footprints in the mud. Your best chance of spotting one is in the very early morning, before or shortly after sunrise. The hiking in the park is quite beautiful and there are different intensities of hiking but depending on mobility issues, the more exciting hikes that lead to the waterfalls and stunning views are much more strenuous. If your 12yo and 13yo are active then the park will be great for them. If you decide to go tubing in the river just be aware that there are some steps to walk down with the tube (re: mobility issues). The steps are wide but I don't recall seeing a railing... It does get quite hot while in the park and some of the hikes do not have much tree coverage so it's best to start as early as possible. By 10:30am you will already feel the heat - just something to keep in mind if it takes a few hours to get to Cockscomb from the port. Also, you will need to bring your own water, snacks and lunches as there is no where to purchase these items in the park. Hopefully this helps. Let me know if you need more information on anything.