Las Cuevas Research Station is nestled within Belize’s Maya Mountains and in the heart of the Chiquibul forest. Since 1998 LCRS has promoted biological, botanical, wildlife, climatic, and archaeological research and education. This unique setting provides a range of opportunities for avid researchers, naturalists, environmentalists, and students who seek a life time opportunity to conduct biodiversity research and a deep interest in the protection of this Maya forest through science and natural resource based efforts.
The Chiquibul Forest represents nearly 8% of the Belize’s terrestrial surface and is part of the tri-national Maya Forest bioregion forming the largest remaining contiguous block of tropical forest north of the Amazon.
The region is highlighted as a world hotspot for species diversity and considered critical for the preservation of wildlife in the Western Hemisphere. LCRS and the surrounding forests are home to numerous rare and endangered species, including Jaguar (Panthera onca), Ocelot (Felis pardalis), Margay (Felis wiedii), Harpy Eagle, Scarlet macaw (Ara macao), and Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii).
At Mystic River we are now offering a half-day Sunset Wildlife expedition to this amazing area. A two hour drive from the resort to the field station when the opportunity to spot some of our local wildlife will probably present itself, we then embark on a short moderate hike uphill to the Wildlife Lookout tower where we watch the Sunset. A hike back down will get us back to Mystic River in time of dinner at the resort. Snacks and drinks included on tour. Ask now about our special rates for this fabulous new trip!