Through the mountians of the beautiful "Emerald Vally," in the heart of Belize's citrus belt, lies the Billy Barquedier National Park (BBNP.) It was established in December of 2001, after seven years of lobbying for the Barquedier watershed, which provides two communities with potable water.The Barquedier watershed empties into North Stann Creek and eventually into the Caribbean Sea at Dangriga.
The park contains 1500 acres of pristine jungle terrain and extends from the Stann Creek Valley Road and Billy Barquedier Waterfalls over the mountians to the Mullins River Basin where it is bounded by the Mullins River, approximately 4 miles away.
Daytrippers looking for a quick dunk to cool off at a scenic spot should try the BBNP waterfalls located at mile 17 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. A short but rigorous (15-20 minutes) walk to the falls is worth every step. Follow the trail through the jungle to the creek and then walk upstream to the falls. A pair of sneakers that you don't mind getting wet is recomended.
Time on your hands and into roughing it? Think about a trip into the BBNP jungle. Our licensed guide (a must) will show you the beauty of the park and make your safety our priority. A birder's delight, a bird list is available from WCS ornithologist Carolyn Miller. The Keel Billed Mot Mot nests in the park, and Carrasows, Hawk Eagles and Hummingbirds abound. The Jaguar, Tapir, and Paca make the park their home and the Black Howler Monkey is often seen and heard.
Amenities are minimal so know what to expect, nature in the raw, camping off the land and leaving minimal impact. The hike into the park is for the physically fit. You've been warned!