The Chiquibul National Park has significant cultural and archaeological values. It harbors the Chiquibul Cave System, known to be the largest cave system of its type in Central America, and has many archaeological features associated with its proximity to one of Belize’s greatest Mayan sites, Caracol. The Caracol Archaeological Reserve, with twenty-five thousand-acres is managed by the Institute of Archaeology. FCD assists in monitoring and conducting surveillance at the Valentin Conservation Post which is a hotspot of human encroachments with the aim of mitigating any advancement of the agricultural frontier.
FCD plays an active role in combating illegal activities such as poaching, logging, and encroachment. Through patrolling and surveillance efforts at the Valentin Conservation Post, FCD helps prevent illegal extraction of natural resources and prevent the expansion of the human footprint into the Chiquibul National Park boundaries. To do this work FCD partners with governmental regulatory agencies to protect and preserve this unique and ecologically significant region.
Valentin Camp is a hotspot area for encroachments from the neighboring Guatemalan community of La Rejoya. Over the years, the landscape has been altered primarily due to agricultural farming and cattle ranching. With the degradation of the land and forest, species have disappeared from that region. The aim has been to recover the landscape by means of monitoring and law enforcement. FCD also has opened dialogue with leaders and community members from hotspot communities, including La Rejoya through the support of El Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) of Guatemala.
The Chiquibul National Park surrounds the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, thereby FCD sees it important to work together with the Institute of Archaeology in protecting this special place. The region has breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and ancient Maya monuments. These protected areas offer a captivating experience for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and adventure seekers alike. As you visit the Chiquibul Forest and traverse the trails and immerse yourself in the splendor of this protected paradise, it will leave an indelible mark on you, reminding you of the importance of safeguarding our planet’s treasures for today and future generations to cherish and enjoy.