Friends of Mayflower Bocawina
Mayflower Bocawina National Park is co-managed by the Friends of Mayflower Bocawina. FOMFB is a community organization located in Silk Grass Village approximately 15 miles south of Dangriga in the Stann Creek District. The community group was formed in 1999 with the assistance of an American freelance community developer residing in Silk Grass. The group now boasts 69 members, which is the most considerable direct participation from the communities buffering the protected area. The organization holds group meetings every quarter, and also asks for volunteers to help with maintenance in the park.
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Mayflower Bocawina, designated a National Park in 2001, is located in Stann Creek District 14 miles south of Dangriga, and 4 miles off the Southern Highway. The Park contains 7000 acres of pristine lowland broadleaf forest, waterfalls and three archaeological sites, which have received significant attention under the Mayflower Archaeological Project. The park has miles of trails leading through jungle on the way to the waterfalls, Maya ruins and other natural features.The majority of the forest of Mayflower Bocawina National Park is Tropical evergreen seasonal broad-leaved lowland hill forest. Several threatened species have been recorded in the area, including the endangered Yucatan black howler monkey, spider monkey and Baird’s tapir and the sabrinus and Sanderson’s rain frogs. A number of vulnerable species also occur here including the Spanish cedar and mahogany, great curassow, crested guan and keel-billed motmot. Other species of note include the ocellated turkey and the water opossum.The National Park designation supports the protection of the watersheds, and allows for low-impact non-extractive activities such as education, tourism and research activities.
On the hike up Bocawina Hill visitors will discover the Upper and Lower Bocawina Falls. A hike to the upper falls can be rewarded with a swim in a cool pool at the base of a 50ft waterfall. For the most adventurous traveler, a hike up to antelope falls reveals a 100 ft water fall with an incredible view from the bluff all the way to the sea. The park also boasts several un-excavated Mayan mounds.
Sunday 9th of March 2014