Mayflower Bocawina National Park is located in the Stann Creek District of the Central American country of Belize.  The four and one-half mile long access road to the park is located at mile six of the Southern Highway, south from the Hummingbird Highway.  The National Park consists of 7,107 acres of primarily tropical evergreen broadleaf, lowland and hill forest ecosystems.  The Park is co-managed by the local non-profit organization Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, located in Silk Grass Village.
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Mayflower Bocawina National Park - Belize
Bocawina Falls
The park offers excellent wildlife observation and birding opportunities as well as access to several Mayan sites and beautiful waterfalls via a system of maintained trails through the forest.  Mayan sites include the main Mayflower Plaza, Maintzunun temple mound and Tau Witz.  Waterfalls include Bocawina Falls, Three Sisters Falls, Antelope Falls, Peck Falls and Big Drop Falls. 
Mayflower Temple Mound and Artifacts
Yucatan Black Howler
While generally secretive, mammal species observed in the park include Baird's tapir, Yucatan black howler monkey, jaguar, ocelot, deer, coati, white-lipped peccary, paca, agouti, kinkajou, gray fox, Northern tamandua and several dozen species of bats.  In the Rapid Ecological Assessment for the park, 197 bird species were identified including all three species of motmot found in Belize: the blue-crowned motmot, the tody motmot, and the rare keel-billed motmot.
Slaty-tailed Trogon
For the independent traveler, an outstanding    feature of Mayflower Bocawina is the ability to camp in several locations within the park, easily accessible or remote.  While no lodging is provided by the park itself, accomodations are available nearby and in Placencia, Dangriga, Hopkins and Sittee River.  Maya Centre and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve are within easy driving distance.
The entrance fee is $10 BZ ($5 US) per person or $2 BZ for Belize residents.  For more information contact:  Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, P.O. Box 240, Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America
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Mayflower Bocawina

Licensed Tour Guides are now available in Silk Grass Village.  Call 523-7268 (in Belize) or e-mail saucier@btl.net for a qualified guide.
Camping at Mayflower
A new 53-minute DVD on Mayflower Bocawina, including many of the bird species found there and interviews with the park wardens, is available for $10 US plus $4 shipping to U.S. addresses.  The photos in this website are frames from the DVD.  All proceeds from the DVD go to Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park to provide for park operations and protection.  View DVD samples here.  For more information or to order a copy, e-mail shadow@matnet.com

Wardens Guzman and Peck

Bocawina Forest

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Mayflower Plaza

Track on Antelope Falls Trail

White-breasted Wood Wren

Visitor and Education Center

White-collared Manakin

Red-capped Manakin

Silk Grass Creek

Black-and-white Warbler

Chestnut-colored Woodpecker

For more information on Mayflower Bocawina National Park visit Mayflower Bocawina National Park Rapid Ecological Assessment  Also My Belize Adventure - Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Biodiversity and Environmental Resource Data System
NEW THREAT TO MAYFLOWER BOCAWINA NATIONAL PARK!   In March, 2006, more than 400 additional acres of critical habitat were withdrawn by government decree.  This withdrawal from the heart of the park includes the headwaters of Silk Grass Creek and several major waterfalls!  No reason was given for the withdrawal and this area is now subject to lease/sale and development.  Contact Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park for more information.  A map of the withdrawn area can be viewed at: S.I. 29-2006
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