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Laguna Cave is about an hour hike from Laguna Village. Leaving the village, you must cross a small stream. The first stretch of the trail lies over hilly grounds and through secondary forest. Entrance to Laguna CaveCacao orchards are present along the way. Guides point out the jippi jappa tree and the jackass bitters. The jippi jappa tree is used for both food and crafts. The heart of the tree is eaten and the leaf is used for weaving baskets. Jackass bitters is a medicinal plant used to cure belly aches and malaria.
The Themesh and Sarstoon Delta Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a protected area by the government in 1992. Themesh River mouthThe 41,000 acres of land is situated between the Themesh and Sarstoon Rivers in the southernmost region of Belize. Being one of the most remote reserves in Belize, it provides habitat for a variety of wildlife - including warries, tapirs, ocelots, and jaguars. Rarely seen birds and animals such as the scarlet macaw, and the white-faced capuchin monkey have been spotted here.
One of the most biologically diverse eco-systems in Belize is located in San Jose. It is the Columbia River Forest Reserve and it is comprised of 103,000 acres of tropical rainforest. Tourists are welcome to tour the reserve, though it is a strenuous hike to say the least.
Since 1990 this pristine natural forest has been a protected area and is considered to be the most important nature reserve in Belize. It is comprised of 100,000 acres of biodiversity that is currently only open to researchers and scientists, although there are hopes of allowing tourism in the near future.
Toledo Botanical Arboretum is an organic Eco farm which uses sustainable agricultural techniques. The operation of the farm is almost completely food and energy independent. Pig's waste is used to fuel a biogas digester which generates methane gas. Filtered, the gas is used for cooking, refrigeration, and lights.
6 miles south of San Antonio, just past the village of Santa Cruz, is the Rio Blanco Waterfall Park, a popular stop for locals and visitors. A small octagonal sign on the roadside points the direction to the entrance of the Park. The jungle-surrounded trail is only a mile long from the road. Vehicles are able to drive down the trail, though it may be a bit difficult for large vehicles to turn around. At the end of the trail, two short flights of stone steps descend to a wide, flat platform.
The Golden Stream Corridor Preserve is a 33,384-acre nature preserve. The region makes up one of the last stretches of rare lowland tropical broadleaf forest which serves as a valuable conservation corridor linking the extensive protected areas in the Maya Mountains to the north (Maya Mountain Forest Reserve, Bladen Nature Reserve and Chiquibul National Park) with the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
The Pueblo Viejo Upper and Lower Falls are located at the base of limestone hills below Pueblo Viejo Village. The river flows through multiple layers of giant limestone steps with waterfalls spilling from ledge to ledge. Thick riverine vegetation covers the length of this huge limestone formation.
The Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve covers an area of approximately 125 square kilometers and includes fourteen sand and mangrove cayes along the southernmost tip of the Belize Barrier Reef, nearly 40 miles due east of Punta Gorda.
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