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Birding Southern Belize 8-Day

Lineated Woodpeckers Belize is the best location to begin your tropical birding travels! Located only a few hours from the USA, Belize is home to over 600 species of birds. Easy trails, comfortable climate and easy access to great birding locations make Belize a very special place to learn the tropical families.

Southern Belize offers the most lush, broadleaf rainforests in the country as well as beautiful mountains rising from the coast. Although many of the birds in this region may also be found in other parts of the country, a number of them are more easily found here while a few are only found in this part of the country.

Belize is one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the Americas. Thanks in part to its small population, over 60% of Belize’s 8867 sq. miles (about the size of New Hampshire) have been protected. This protection has allowed the birds and wildlife of Belize to continue to flourish. Over 600 bird species have been recorded within Belize’s borders and along its reef!

TOUR FOCUS: BIRDS

  • Tour Cost
  • Trip Length (number of days)

    9-days/8-nights

     

    2018 Cost

    $2600 from Belize City

     

    Prices are per person double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $350 will be charged.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost:

    All ground transportation from Belize City airport. All accommodations. All meals from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees. Tips for meal service.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost:

    International air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

     

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary
    Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Pelican Beach Resort
    Day 2 - Birding in the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve
    Day 3 - Boat trip to the cayes with optional snorkeling
    Day 4 - Transfer to Tranquility Lodge with birding on the way
    Day 5 - Birding the Moho River and surrounding forest
    Day 6 - Birding ruins of Lubaantun and surrounding forest
    Day 7 - Drive to lodging near Belmopan for final night
    Day 8 - Return Home

     

    Day 1,2,3 Pelican Beach Resort

    Upon arrival we’ll drive south to Pelican Beach with birding stops along the way.

     

    On one day we will enjoy birding the many trails in the broad-leaf forest of the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. Toucans, woodpeckers, guans and tanagers abound here!

     

    A boat trip to the cayes will allow us to see frigatebirds, boobies, pelicans and other sea birds. We’ll enjoy lunch on a tropical island, too! We will be on the second longest barrier reef in the world, so snorkeling is fantastic! So many fish offer a plethora of color under the sea. Snorkeling is optional, so if you prefer, you can bird more along the island’s shore or just take a nap in one of the hammocks!

     

    Day 4,5,6 Tranquility Lodge

     

    The Mayan ruins of Lubaantun are less visited and the surrounding forest is full of birds! We will look for birds not seen in northern Belize, like Russet Antshrike and Band-tailed Barbthroat.

     

    A boat trip along the Moho River will offer more species found along the water’s edge, including up to five different kingfishers, Black-collared Hawks and

     

    Day 7 BLACK ORCHID

     

    Driving north again, we will make some great birding stops on our way to our final night’s lodging. Blue Hole National Park is a great place for tanagers, warblers and hermits, as well as a quick dip in the cool water of the Blue Hole... a collapsed cave.

     

    Our final night will be spend along the Belize River where the birding will continue until dark (and maybe after)!

     

    DAY 8 RETURN HOME

     

    Flights throughout the afternoon.

  • Additional Info
  • Birds of BelizeRecommended Field Guide:

    Birds of Belize

    (University of Texas Press, 2003)

    by H. Lee Jones