Hiking & Waterfalls @ Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve

This is the world's first Jaguar Preserve offering great hiking opportunities. Here the jungle is dense and both flora and fauna is abundant.

You will see birds and butterflies and maybe also some mammals like peccaries, deers, agoutis, gibnuts, anteaters, kinkajous, tapirs and if you are lucky, a jaguar!

In Cockscomb there is more than half a dozen hiking trails of different steepness and difficulty. Bring your swimwear as there are several waterfalls and natural pools on the trails. Another option is to rent an inner tube and in a lazy manner float down the river for an hour. And last but not least don't forget to check out the plane crash!

Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water, Snacks
How far away: 25 miles, 1 h ride from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy to Hard
Percentage off-road: 50%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 2-7 hours


The road to Cockscomb is a great ride!

Zipline, Hiking & Waterfalls @ Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Hiking in Mayflower Bocawina is hiking in a lush subtropical rainforest thick with trees, orchids, ferns and abundant birdlife. Mayflower Bocawina National Park lies next to the remains of some unexcavated Mayan ruins.

At the park is also to be found Belize's longest zipline facility. You can combine a tour here with hiking in the morning and ziplining in the afternoon.
For serious hikers, hike to the steep Antelope trail. At the top there is a great view, and a natural pool to swim in by the cascading waterfall. A perfect spot for you to cool down before heading back.


Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water, Snacks
How far away: 15 miles, 40 min ride from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Easy/Medium
Difficulty level tour: Ranging Easy to Hard
Percentage off-road: 50%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 2-9 hours


Getting to Mayflower is nice & quick on a motorbike!

Hiking & Waterfalls @ Billy Barquedeir National Park

Right of the lower part of the Hummingbird Highway you will find this virtually undiscovered National Park. The waterfall plumbs into a perfectly shaped gorge with a natural swimming pool only 15 min hike from the highway.

As you walk along the river the jungle will wrap around you and the waterway. A couple of times you have to cross the river on some stepping stones which makes this a fun event. Apart from how gorgeous this fall is, it is easy to reach without too much physical effort, which makes this into a nice half-day event.

Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water
How far away: 25 miles, 45 min ride from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy/Medium
Percentage off-road: 0%
Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 2-4 hours


Great half day adventure!

Zipline @ Mayan Sky Canopy Tours

A fun ride through orange orchids and forest leads you to Belize’s newest zipline. Enjoy the the thrill as you zip over the South Stann Creek River. This zipline has a very professional crew that offers a genuine and personal experience. In between some platsforms you will also have to walk on a hanging bridges.

If it is the right time of the year and you are lucky, you might see Scarlet Macaws feeding on the berries that grow in the area.


Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent
How far away: 25 miles, 45 min ride from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 40%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-2 hours


Great to combine with a ride to Placencia!

Cliff jump & Waterfall @ Rio Blanco National Park

Rio Blanco National park offers swimming at a waterfall a short walk from the park ranger station. It has a smaller selection of hiking trails. If you are in the neighborhood, make sure you pop in for a visit and a swim.

If you need your adrenaline pumping, make sure you enjoy the cliff-jump next to the waterfall. You will land in the water, hard enough to bruise, but from that shock guaranteed to also the raging confidence that “you can do anything”. If you need a little psychological terror followed by a conviction of your awesomeness, you should come here and jump.

Bring: Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water
How far away: 95 miles, 2h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Toledo
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy to Medium
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 2-4 hours


Get your adrenaline pumping!

Waterfall @ Private Jungle Spot

Half way towards Placencia this waterfall is on private grounds but yet possible to visit. The fall offers few highlights that make this place very attractive for a visit. To start with, it has a platform where you may practice your jumping techniques! Secondly you can drive all the way to the falls without having to hike at all and thirdly there is a 100% natural fish pedicure offered for free by nature itself. The little fish that live in the pool under the waterfall will nibble away your dead skin on your feet for no extra charge.

It has a couple of nice picnic-tables right by the falls so if you want to bring a picnic it would be a scenic spot for a bite to eat. This adventure could be combined with a trip to Placencia or a visit at the Banana Farm or you could make it to a half day adventure on its own.

Bring: Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water
How far away: 25 miles, 30 min ride from Hopkins
District: Toledo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 25%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-3 hours


Ride right to the waterfall!

Cool down @ Inland Blue Hole National Park

Take a refreshing swim in the sapphire blue waters of the Inland Blue Hole, a sinkhole in a lush jungle setting fed by an underground river. There is virtually no hiking involved in order to reach this swim hole.

If you feel like moving your limbs some, there is a short hiking trail that will bring you to St. Herman's Cave. The Blue Hole National Park is so accessible that it can easily be combined with day tours to the Belize Zoo or St. Hermans Cave or as part of overnight tours while heading to for instance Cayo district.

Bring: Insect Repellent, Swimwear, Water
How far away: 60 miles, 1h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 0,5-1 hour


Cooling pitstop!

Natural Oasis @ Rio On Pools

Expect a grand time splashing in these pools of this idyllic enclave of smallish waterfalls and naturally formed swimming pools. Surrounded by granite rocks and evergreen trees enjoy this oasis.

Turn the rocks into natural waterslides as you explore the periphery or as many pools as the time allows. Perhaps have a pick-nick on the rocks. This is a great spot to recharge your batteries as you likely are on your way to Caracol Mayan ruins.

Bring: Swimwear, Water
How far away:150 miles, 5h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium/Hard
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 35%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-2 hour


Recharge your batteries!

Power Shower @ Big Rock Falls

Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming. The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rusher over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.

The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below. This would be a great spot to also enjoy a snack on the cliffs next to the water after playing around in the waterfall.

Bring: Swimwear, Water, snacks
How far away:135 miles, 5h ride from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium/Hard
Difficulty level tour: Medium
Percentage off-road: 30%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-2 hour


Get a waterfall massage!

Breathtaking view @ 1000 ft Falls

Thousand Foot Falls is the highest waterfall in Central America. Located in the Mountain Pine ridge a swift river descents over granite rock 1600 ft into a thickly forested gorge.

These waterfalls can be seen from a viewpoint on the western side of the fall that also offers spectacular views over the entire mountain range. Well worth a visit once in the area.

Bring: Insect Repellent, Water
How far away:140 miles, 5h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium/Hard
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 30%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 0.5 h


Ride right to the viewpoint!