The Chiquibul Forest Reserve lies within Belize’s Greater Mayan Mountains in the Cayo District. The Forest Reserve lies adjacent to the Belize-Guatemala border and as such had been the focus of illegal activities. These activities include illegal cutting and transportation of wood, illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching, gold panning and much more. The Chiquibul Forest Reserve serves as a major source of freshwater, clean air, wildlife reserve, and a critical place for research and education for Belize. Due to all its resources and wealth, it has become a target for trespassers. There is collaboration to curb these crimes as explained by Institute of Archeology Director, Dr. John Morris.
The Chiquibul Forest Reserve consists of approximately 59,000 hectares.