The Southern Coast Sights

Mayflower Bocawina National Park

  • Southern Hwy. Map It
  • Dangriga
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

Declared a national park in 2001, Mayflower Bocawina has small Mayan ruins, lovely waterfalls, and good hiking on more than 7,000 acres. A private lodge, Bocawina Rainforest Resort, (formerly Mama Noots) is in the park and has upscale lodging, food and drink, and the longest zip line in Belize. The park has three minor Mayan ceremonial sites: Mayflower, T'au Witz, and Maintzunum, near Silk Grass Creek. Nearby are the three waterfalls: Bocawina Falls, Three Sisters Falls, and Antelope Falls. Access to Mayflower is easiest from Hopkins, about 20 minutes by car. However, tours are offered from Placencia and Dangriga as well as from Hopkins. The entrance to the park is about 4.5 miles (7.5 km) on a dirt road off the Southern Highway. From the visitor center, to get to Bocawina and Three Sisters Falls, which are close together, it's an easy hike of about 1.25 miles (2 km) on the marked Bocawina Falls trail. The trail to Antelope Falls, about 1.75 miles (3 km), is somewhat more difficult due to some steep sections that can be slick after rains. Maps of the trails are available at the small visitor center. So far, little excavation has been conducted at the Mayan sites, but the parklike setting at the base of the Maya Mountains is beautiful.

Sight Information

Address:

Southern Hwy., Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize

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  • BZ$10

Published 03/09/2017

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