Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Mar 02, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Our morning begins when we took the Zodiacs from National Geographic Quest to the beautiful Village of Placencia where our bus to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was waiting for us.

The drive to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was just short of an hour and a half, and we got a great introduction on the way about the culture and the people of this side of Belize as all about the conservation and study going on at the wildlife sanctuary.

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About the Author

Wilfred Mutrie


Wilfred lives in Western Belize and has been a licensed tour guide for over 17 years.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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