Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Mayflower Bocawina National Park is located in the Stann Creek District of the Central American country of Belize. The four and one-half mile long access road to the park is located at mile six of the Southern Highway, south from the Hummingbird Highway. The National Park consists of 7,107 acres of primarily tropical evergreen broadleaf, lowland and hill forest ecosystems. The Park is co-managed by the local non-profit organization Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, located in Silk Grass Village.
The park offers excellent wildlife observation and birding opportunities as well as access to several Mayan sites and beautiful waterfalls via a system of maintained trails through the forest. Mayan sites include the main Mayflower Plaza, Maintzunun temple mound and Tau Witz. Waterfalls include Bocawina Falls, Three Sisters Falls, Antelope Falls, Peck Falls and Big Drop Falls.
While generally secretive, mammal species observed in the park include Baird's tapir, Yucatan black howler monkey, jaguar, ocelot, deer, coati, white-lipped peccary, paca, agouti, kinkajou, gray fox, Northern tamandua and several dozen species of bats. In the Rapid Ecological Assessment for the park, 197 bird species were identified including all three species of motmot found in Belize: the blue-crowned motmot, the tody motmot, and the rare keel-billed motmot.
For the independent traveler, an outstanding feature of Mayflower Bocawina is the ability to camp in several locations within the park, easily accessible or remote. While no lodging is provided by the park itself, accomodations are available nearby and in Placencia, Dangriga, Hopkins and Sittee River. Maya Centre and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve are within easy driving distance.
Photograph by Marty Casado
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