Jaguar Preserve, Cockscomb Basin

Come explore the world's only jaguar preserve at the nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Though it’s rare to catch a glimpse of this elusive jungle cat, meetings with other exotic wildlife are also possible, such as the endangered red-eyed tree frog, the howler monkey, ocelot, puma, tapir, armadillo and over 290 bird species.

The day starts early, with a 45-minute drive to the village of Maya Center, the entrance to the sanctuary. The journey continues into the preserve to the Sanctuary Headquarters and Education Center. Here, exhibits about the rainforest and its habitats prepare you for the green world ahead. An experienced guide will lead you on a hike into the jungle while pointing out the rich species diversity found in this region. Then break for lunch around midday before continuing the trek onwards to a stunning waterfall. End your day cooling off under the crystal waters of the waterfalls and lazily tubing down the river.

Activity Level: Moderate


What to bring:

  • Tennis shoes or hiking boots.
  • Shorts are okay, unless bugs bother you, then long pants since this is an inland trip (pants that zip at the knee to be long pants or short pants).
  • Lightweight t-shirt.
  • Change of clothes if you plan to swim at the waterfall.
  • Plus towels, sunscreen, hat, bottled water, bug spray, camera, swimwear and cash if you’re interested in buying souvenirs.
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