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Victoria Peak

This information is provided courtesy of the Belize Audubon Society.

sign_prep.jpgVictoria Peak, located within the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, is the second highest point in the country, measuring 3,675 feet high, and delivers fantastic views from the top. Although it may not sound like a very difficult altitude to climb, it is a very strenuous hike that usually takes three to four days. It is a high adventure expedition.

There are two campsites on the 27 km route to the summit: the first is located at km 12 and the second at km 19. The site at km 12 is located next to the Sittee Branch River which provides good drinking water that must be either treated or boiled before drinking. The site at km 19 is also located near a source of water. Both campsites have an outhouse with two toilets and one large well-built palpa under which you can either hang hammocks or pitch tents.

Without exception, all visitors to Victoria Peak must comply with the following guidelines which are closely monitored by Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary personnel.

  • Hikers must be accompanied by an approved and experienced guide. At least one guide must be from the buffer communities (dependent on the size of the group). The guides usually charge US$40-$60 per group per day. The guide must bring an extra rope that is at least one inch thick.
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of eight (8) individuals (excluding guide and porters).
  • All hikers must fill out guest registration forms upon arrival at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary's office and must obtain a permit from the Belize Audubon Society.
  • Participants must provide the office at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary with a list of individuals going on the trail.
  • Hikers must bring their own gear including: tents/hammocks, mosquito netting, flashlights, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Hikers must use only designated camping areas, as fire is allowed only in those areas.
  • Hikers are required to bring their own light high energy food and means of water purification (pump, iodine, chlorine).
  • All hikers are required to remove all of their garbage (cans, plastics, etc.).

Pay the following fees:

  • An entrance ticket at the office in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (BZ$2.00 Belizean & BZ$ 10.00 Non-Belizean)

  • Pay appropriate camping fees of:
    • BZ$5.35 per person for staying at the main camp grounds in Cockscomb
    • BZ $10.70 per person to stay at the designated camping areas on the Victoria Peak Trail

For more information, please contact:

Belize Audubon Society

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