Explore Belize’s Protected Areas to win with APAMO’s 13th Anniversary!

by Carolee Chanona
mayflower bocawina waterfall

The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) is celebrating its 13th Anniversary with a contest!   With 103 Protected Areas in Belize, they can be your new travel bucket list. For APAMO’s 13th Anniversary contest, you can explore Belize and win big! Take a road trip with friends to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, create a fun TikTok atop Tiger Fern, or dive inside Gladden Spit Marine Reserve! Besides, commitment to the sustainability and proper management of Belize’s protected areas is something to always celebrate.

What You Can Win for APAMO’s 13th Anniversary Contest

The four lovely hardwood thatched cabañas at La Milpa Lodge are in tune with the natural surroundings.

1st Prize: Two nights at La Milpa Lodge for 2 with Programme for Belize

Stay two-nights in a private cabin at La Milpa Lodge, courtesy of Programme for Belize. Here, enjoy meals and an on-site guided tour for two persons in Rio Brave Conservation & Management Area, known for the third largest archaeological site in Belize. If you’re looking for true, wild tropical rainforest, this is it. Encompassing 406 sq miles in northwest Belize, the Río Bravo Conservation & Management Area (RBCMA) takes up 4% of Belize’s total land area and is managed by the Belizean non-profit organization Programme for Belize (PFB). Not to mention, La Milpa Lodge harbors astonishing biological diversity. Inside, find 346 bird species (nearly two-thirds of Belize’s total) and all five of Belize’s cats (jaguar, puma, ocelot, jaguarundi and margay).

2nd Prize: One night at Ian Anderson Caves Branch for 2
Poolside relaxation.
photo courtesy Caves Branch

Stay one night at Ian Anderson Caves Branch, courtesy of the jungle lodge, and enjoy breakfast & dinner for two persons! Hidden away in dense jungle off the Hummingbird Highway, Ian Anderson’s is a 90-sq-mile private estate that acts as a base for a variety of exclusive jungle activities on the property. Besides adventure, on property attractions include a 15 acre botanical garden which showcases hundreds of natural plant species, to an extraordinary Cheese House that lies hidden under the rainforest canopy.

3rd Prize: One night at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for 2
cockscomb basin wildlife sanctuary overnight dorms starry night

Sleep under the stars at Cockscomb Basin. Photo by Eelco Dekema

Co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society, the 128,000 acres of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary offers pristine beauty and Robinson Crusoe-like adventure in Southern Belize! Wake with the sun and head out on an early hike to any one of the three waterfalls, where oversized ferns and vines line the 118 combined kilometers of jungle trails. However, keep your eyes peeled for the pig-like peccaries, hundreds of bird species, and all five species of Belize’s wildcats found inside. Not to mention, you’re in the world’s first jaguar preserve. You might get lucky!

How to Enter

Get out and explore Belize’s protected areas for APAMO’s 13th Anniversary Contest! Submit your photo at two or more APAMO Protected Areas, including an identifiable mark (sign, office, waterfall, etc.). First, get adventurous. Then, get creative. Lastly, get your entries in by August 15, 2020. Read the full rules here.

apamo 13th anniversary contest sponsorsFeature photo courtesy Quilz Tamay Photography.

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