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Hiking & Camping

Stann Creek offers what might arguably be the best experience in camping, trekking and nature trailing in Belize. At 150 square miles, The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise of trails, waterfalls, lagoons and lush terrain. With an extensive network of marked and unmarked trails that vein the reserve, hikers have the opportunity to make shorter treks alone or use a guide for extended camping trips.

A journey to Victoria Peak, the second highest and possibly the most scenic point in Belize, takes roughly five days and is likely to give even the most hardcore jungle trekker something to think about. The experience is everything at Cockscomb, the array of flora and fauna are stunning, the waterways sparkle and the backdrops are simply breathtaking. A day or two combing the trails here will have you telling stories about it for years to come.


500 bird species makes Belize a must for any avid birder, and Stann Creek is no exception. You'll encounter spectacular evidence of this even as you enter the district on the Hummingbird Highway.

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, run by the Belize Audubon Society, plays host to 300 species that either live or pass through the park including 3 varieties of the colorful toucan, Belize's national bird. Trogons, parrots, parakeets and macaws as well as the great curassow are just a few of the many mentionable birds you'll see at Cockscomb.

The waterfalls at Mayflower, Gra Gra lagoon, Hopkins and North Pelican Beach are all excellent locations to spend a few hours meeting the local winged wonders. And a boat trip out and around the mangrove habitats is a birding treat that's definitely worth the effort.

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