Rio Blanco National Park
The Rio Blanco National Park (RBNP) is in the Maya Mountain Forest Reserve located in western part of the Toledo District between Santa Cruz and Santa Elena villages. It encompasses 105 acres of land surrounding a spectacular waterfall approximately 100 feet wide and 20 feet high on the Rio Blanco River.
The Rio Blanco is a tributary of the Blue Creek and Moho Rivers, which flow into the Gulf of Honduras. The Rio Blanco National Park lies within a sub-tropical wet forest biome, creating high biodiversity of flora and fauna, including endangered species such as: the jaguar, ocelot, margay and river otter, among others. Wildlife in the area includes many species of residential and migratory birds, terrestrial mammals, amphibians, reptile and fish. The park was established in 1994 by residents of two surrounding communities, Santa Cruz and Santa Elena. Activities that can be enjoyed at this national park are swimming, caving, hiking, and bird watching.