The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a huge park about an hour drive from Placencia that has a bunch of hiking trails and waterfalls and even river tubing. If you come to the village on vacation but want to see the jungle and spot some cool wildlife, Cockscomb is probably the closest trip you can choose. I had the pleasure of tagging along with some other moms from the village on a kids-free morning hike. The entrance fee is $2.50 for Belizean nationals and residents and $10 for visitors. The drive in to the park is unpaved and ROUGH but once you get there the trails are well marked and maintained (on the drive in I seriously had my doubts).
We decided on the Tiger Fern Trail because we wanted a bit of a challenge…
…and the reward is a bomb-ass double waterfall!!
It was raining the morning we went (it IS that season) so the trail was muddy… like really muddy. But even with picking our way along the slippery path we made it to the falls in about an hour. I imagine it would be very nice to swim and hang out here in better weather.
There are so many unique and colorful plants along the way. I wanted to eat these super bright blue berry things because they were just so gorgeous.
There’s a “camp site” off to the side of the trail from which you could view Victoria Peak, the second highest point in Belize, but it was pretty foggy while we were there.
Check out the amenities hahaha.
Hopefully we’ll go back soon to check out some other trails!