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Sarstoon-Temash National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

One of the wildest and most remote areas of Belize is the Sarstoon-Temash National Park, between the Temash and Sarstoon rivers in the far south of Toledo District on the border of Guatemala. Red mangroves grow along the river banks; animals and birds rarely seen in other parts of Belize, including white-faced capuchin monkeys, can be spotted here, along with jaguars (if you're lucky), ocelots, and tapirs, along with more than 200 species of birds. The only way to see this 42,000-acre area is with a guide by boat. Contact the Sarstoon and Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), which helps manage the park in conjunction with the Belize Forestry Department, for a guide, or check with the BTIA office on Front Street in PG, home to the Toledo Tour Guide Association. SATIIM, among other things, is involved in efforts to oppose oil and gas exploration in the Sarstoon-Temash. In 2016 clashes between Guatemala and Belizean forces occurred in this area over claims by Guatemala that part of this territory belongs to Guatemala.

Sight Information

Address:

Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

Phone:

722-0103

Sight Details:

  • BZ$20

Published 03/09/2017

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