My girlfriend had her heart set on a tour of Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve while we were in Belize. She read some reviews of this tour company here and thought it sounded fun, so when we got to Placencia we sought Doyle out. (Its a small town, so people will point you in his direction or call him if you ask around. His family also run's Nite Wind Tours at the end of the street in Placencia, and I'm almost sure they will book his tours there too.) His tour starts with a pick up at your location and a short drive to a banana plantation where he will, "talk to you about...bananas". (Great sense of humor, hahaha!) Then he'll drive you to the Preserve where you can opt to stop and an authentic Mayan Women's arts & crafts center. We stopped and they had some very nice carvings, etc. Then he'll drive you into the Preserve and park at the welcome center where you'll receive a brief but informative history of the Preserve. This is followed by a jungle tour during which you will continue to be educated on the flora and fauna engaging all 5 of of your senses; yes, even taste. If you are fortunate and paying attention, you will see everything from hummingbirds, woodpeckers, lots of other birds (Im no birder), bats, tarantulas, monkeys and more! Jaguars are of course, elusive cats. The tour is followed by an awesome locally prepared lunch. (The welcome center sells soda and water.) Afterward you collect an inner tube and hike to the banks of Stann Creek. After a relaxing river float through dense jungle, you'll ditch the tube on a short but steep hike up to a waterfall. You'll hike down to the base of the falls and do some rock-hopping and river-running with a few natural rock slides in between. (This was unquestionably the most fun of the day for me!) You'll grab your inner tube on the walk back to the welcome center and leave it there. Finally, Doyle will take you back to your starting location for some much needed rest and reflection following this fantastic day!
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