70% of Belize’s land area is tropical forest and 40% is nature reserve status, mostly primary forest. These vast expanses of forest are home to many plant species such as flowers (a multitude of orchids), magnificent trees and a wide variety of animals such as jaguars, tapirs, monkeys, etc. These nature reserves can often be visited as part of responsible eco-tourism. Examples include Mountain Pine Ridge, Cockscomb Basin, Rio Bravo Reserve, etc. Many jungle lodges are located in or near each of these reserves and offer unique and environmentally friendly experiences.