BELIZE 8-Day: Birding the Southern Forests & Coast
BIRDS & WILDLIFE
2020 :: January 12 - January 19
From: $2,600 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Belize City, Belize (BZE)
4 - 7 Participants
7 spaces available
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of BELIZE 8-Day: Birding the Southern Forests & Coast
Description of BELIZE 8-Day: Birding the Southern Forests & Coast
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!
Length of Tour
Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Bocawina Eco-Resort
Day 2 – Birding in the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve
Day 3 – Boat trip to the cayes with optional snorkeling
Day 4 – Transfer to Chaab’il B’e 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 Belize City for the night
Day 8 – Return Home
Days 1 through 3 – Bocawina Eco-Resort
Upon arrival we’ll drive south to Bocawina Eco-Resort 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!
Days 4 through 6 – Chaab’il B’e 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.
Day 7 – Biltmore Best Western
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 Northern Hiway.
DAY 8 – Return Home
Flights throughout the afternoon.
Cost is $2,600 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Belize City, Belize (Airport code BZE).
This trip ends in Belize City, Belize (Airport code BZE).
If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $350 will be assessed.
A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.
If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.
How to Book
In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.
For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.
For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.
NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.
Bocawina Eco Resort
Mama Noots Eco Resort lies on 47 acre private nature preserve that is surrounded by two national parks. Comfortable rooms with hot showers allow us to wake to the sounds of the jungle each morning. Meals are served in the restaurant/bar. The lodge offers easy access to the surrounding national parks and preserves as well as other lesser known birding locations.
Chaab’il B’e Lodge
Chaab’il B’e Lodge lies on 20 acres along a creek in the southern Toledo District of Belize near Punta Gorda. With beautiful trails and a natural swimming hole, this is a wonderful destination for birders.
They have 5 deluxe lodge rooms and 5 beautifully appointed thatched Maya casitas and a full service dining room and bar.
Activity Level Rating: 2 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
The trails are easy, but you should be able to easily walk two miles without stopping. Not that we will be doing this, however, sometimes it may be needed to get the birds we seek.
Birds of Belize
(University of Texas Press, 2003)
by H. Lee Jone
Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.
Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.
Detailed Trip Information
Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.
Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.
Passport & Visa
US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.
Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.
The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.