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Guanacaste National Park, Belmopan

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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2.9/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Guanacaste National Park is a 50acre park in central Belize. It is named after a huge Guanacaste tree that escaped being logged because its trunk divided into three bases, reducing its value as timber.Guanacaste National Park is located on the north side of the Western Highway just to the east of the Roaring Creek bridge - about 50mi west of Belize City, in the Cayo District of Belize. In 1973, it was established as a Crown Reserve but finally gained status as a national park in 1990. The park was later put under the responsibility of the Belize Audubon Society. The Guanacaste National Park is the most accessible park of the Belize Audubon Society-managed protected areas. Its proximity to Belize's major cities make it a popular family spot. Public transportation from any nearby city is available to the national park.The park is open to the public only during the day. The Guanacaste National Park is open from 8 am until 4:30 pm. The admission fee is about $1 BZD (Belize Dollar) for citizens and $5 BZD for tourists. There is an educational center, a gift shop, and over two miles (3 km) of maintained trails. The park's workers recommend that visitors wear long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and pants to avoid contact with poisonous plants.Besides the famous guanacaste tree, this national park is also home to other tree species such as the rain tree, mamey sapote, Brazilian firetree, and Honduras mahogany, Belize's national tree. Belize's reputation for an extensive biodiversity is also evident in the park's wide range of animals that tourists are able to observe. These include the white-tailed deer, jaguarundi, kinkajou, nine-banded armadillo, among countless others. This park is also a favorite for birdwatching. There have been recorded over one hundred different bird species, including the blue-crowned motmot and black-faced antthrush. Other birds seen at Guanacaste Park include the smoky-brown woodpecker, black-headed trogon, red-lored amazon, the magnolia warbler, belted kingfisher, and the bright-rumped attila.
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  • This is a beautiful area and a must for Birdwatchers and nature lovers of all types. Go here if you have more than a week to spend in Belize. Otherwise spend your week seeing other areas in Belize. 
  • I was underwhelmed by this park but managed to kill an hour hiking their short trails. It is located right next to the main highway, so there is a lot of highway noise. The trails appeared well mainta...  read more »
  • The perfect place to relax with the wild..if you lucky you will see an iguana looking at you too..the river runs in the back and the creek runs on the other side. Also easy access to what we call (the...  read more »
  • So very close to nature! So very close to the city!
  • It's a family location bring out the family It's located on the George Price high way across from our show ground
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