The Chiquibul Forest is in the south-western region of Belize with over 423,000 acres of tropical forest. It is comprised of 17 ecosystems all of which are variants of tropical broadleaf forest. The Chiquibul Forest is the largest protected area in Belize encompassing over 16% of all protected areas. The area includes the largest cave system in Central America, the Caracol Mayan Site, the Chiquibul River which provides water to 40% of the Belize population and the Chiquibul National Park, which accounts for the majority of that area, covering 264,003 acres of land.
Friends for Conservation and Development co-manages the Chiquibul National Park with the Forest Department. FCD works in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve but it is under the management of the Forest Department. FCD also co-manages the Caracol Archaeological Reserve with the Institute of Archaeology.