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“Tiger Falls Hike, do it!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve Overnight Camping with Kayaking
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Dangriga
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This reserve was established to help protect the endangered jaguar and other species native to Belize.
Fort Worth, Texas
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14 reviews
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“Tiger Falls Hike, do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

So first of all, my husband & I didn't know the "strenuous" hike we had chosen until we were halfway up the jungle mountain but let me tell you, it was 100% worth it! GORGEOUS scenery & although we didn't see any Jaguars, we did see lots of leaf cutter ants, a tapir & an assortment of talkitive birds. It was a great way to spend a day & the waterfalls were worth it! We spent over an hour just laying in the cool, refreshing water enjoying the raw nature around us. It's a trip, let me tell you since there are no guides or fences... it's like a zoo without the cages between you & the wildlife. If you're wanting to do the hike, be sure to bring enough water, dress in light weight clothes, bring food/ lunch for at the falls & be prepared for a rewarding workout!

Also, I would suggest if there are 2 of you going, maybe find another couple to go with you. We had another couple with us & we definately felt safer & our time was enriched with the company

Visited June 2013
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Hopkins, Belize
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

This place is awesome. There are a lot to see in the visitor center. Well i didn't actually saw a jaguar (but who has) but i took a lot of pictures with the life sized ones the have outside.

After a hike through the jungle my friends an i took a cold refreshing bath in the river. That was AWESOME. While coming back we stopped on had lunch. It was delicious.

Visited September 2012
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20 reviews
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“Not for the faint hearted ....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

We spent 3 nights in the private cabin at the preserve.

We saw many birds, a tapir and on our last evening an Ocelot which was really cool. However from speaking to the rangers we were fairly lucky so don't be disappointed if you leave without seeing any cats.

We did lots of hiking alone (no need for guides as trails are marked). It's amazing to be surrounded in jungle on the down side be prepared to sweat buckets and get bitten a fair amount also. A hike up the Outlier trail or Tigers fern are well worth the effort. Outlier will take you at least 3 1/2 hours to reach the summit (at a fast-ish pace).

The private cabin and kitchen were basic but ok. It would definitely benefit from a ceiling fan in the cabin. The other facilities were nothing to write home about but served their purpose just fine.

The rangers were especially knowledgeable and friendly.

Visited June 2013
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Boerne, Texas
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“Antelope Falls----Well worth the hike !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

We hiked up to Antelope Falls on a late morning in May.To clarify, Antelope Falls is NOT in the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, but rather in Mayflower-Bociwana National Park.The weather was hot and humid, but we were ready with a pack full of water, snacks and Deep Woods OFF Dry. As we started up the trail, we were joined by a local girl named Rebecca. She had made the trip many times and showed us a few highlights along the way that we otherwise might have missed. The trail starts off fairly level, then becomes steeper and steeper as you move higher, until you come to a series of fixed ropes to help you pull yourself up. It 's moderately strenuous, but when you reach the top and see the views below,the falls and the natural swimming pool, it's sooo worth it. As with most steep trails, the way down is at least as hard as going up, but take your time to enjoy the scenery and you'll be fine.
In the interest of making the experience as pleasant as possible, you may want to consider good shoes, water, snacks,insect repellent and of course swimwear and a towel so you can enjoy the pool at the top.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank Dan H
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Kitchener, Canada
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“Tropical Moist Broadleaf Forest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Spent a afteroon in the rainforest highlands taking Ben's Bluff Trail up a ravine to the an incredible falls. It's worth the trip (I rented a motorcyle) with the road off the Hummingbird being an adventure in itself. Its been left natural with well marked trails and I was unescorted so I could travel at my own pace and saw only a few other people. Cystal clear streams (I swam in it) and a rainforest canopy with diverse and a vibrant ecology make the trip unique. Seeing large species would have improved the trip but with a natural setting you take your chances. You could spend more time than I did and not be disenchanted.

Visited June 2012
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