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Cockscomb National Park and Jaguar Preserve

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This morning, even though we could sleep in until 7:00 a.m., we woke-up around 6:30 with the sounds of the birds and lizards that were surrounding our tree house and even inhabiting it with us. . . geckos are very helpful in keeping the house clear of insects of all sizes and shapes. They are also very amazing to watch catch their lunch or dinner with their long tongue. After breakfast, we were good to go at 8:00 a.m. for our first visit of one of Belize's Tropical Jungle. Cockscomb National Park and Jaguar Preserve was our destination for the day. Pedro, our guide, met us at the entrance and along with him and five other guests, we left. It was a hot day, so the wild cats were sleeping and keeping cool in their home. It was a great time to see lots of mosquitoes harassing the people in the group (remember: bug repellent is a must and your new fragrance for this trip), two tarantulas, lizards, ants of all sizes and shapes and hear beautiful bird's songs. Speaking of ants. . . Pedro took one of them, a leaf cutter warrior ant; in his hands. . . this little guy was pretty angry, with its mandibles snapping back and forth. Once the guide mentioned these mandibles could cut nails like butter and showed us a demonstration, everyone moved far away from the hive. . . awesome demonstration! After a great lunch, we walked to a waterfall and people enjoyed a nice swim that was very refreshing and cooling too. After about 30 minutes of so, we walked back to the van. On our way out of the Park, we stopped at a site of a plane wreck. On the sign, we could read that all three people who were on-board suffered of only scratches and made it through. It was interesting to see that this plane that was hidden in the jungle could only be seen as we walked into the forest; which was about 300 feet away from the road. After sightseeing the wreck, we left and went straight to the hotel and arrived around 4:30 p.m. We enjoyed a wonderful and tasty dinner and called it a day around 9 p.m.

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