Northern and Central Belize/ Caye Caulker and Tikal in Guatemala
8 days / 7 Nights Birding in Belize Tour Package
Double occupancy US$2,195.00 each | Single supplement US $2,619.00
Birding in Belize itinerary Includes: All transportation, tours, guides, park fees, lodging and meals as stated B,L,D. Breakfast lunch and dinners.
Day 1: ARRIVAL – BELIZE INT’L AIRPORT / CROOKED TREE – After clearing immigration and customs you are met by your guide and travel the Northern Highway to Crooked tree village inside the Belize wildlife sanctuary and check into your accommodations in time for dinner. There will be areas to stop for birding along the way. Dinner & Overnight Bird’s Eye View Lodge.
Day 2: CROOKED TREE – We will spend most of the day birding on the Crooked Tree Reserve trails and along the lagoon side. Some of the birds we may see include Purple Gallinule, and array of Kingfishers, Snail kites, Savannah Vultures, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Vermillion Flycatchers, Social flycatchers, Kingbirds, Yucatan Jay, Rufous browed Peppershrike, Bobwhites, Yucatan Woodpeckers and more. Night tour in search of Yucatan poorwill, Northern Pottoos,Owls and more. Breakfast Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Bird’s Eye View Lodge.
Day 3 BIRIDNG BY BOAT/ CRYSTAL PARADISE – We will do early morning birding by boat on the lagoon of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Water birds will be the main target with special emphasis on finding the Jabiru, Sungrebe, Boat-billed herons and Agami herons. Depart for Crystal Paradise after a late breakfast with and optional stop at the Belize Zoo and for lunch at one of the local restaurants. We check into our accommodations at Crystal Paradise and are free to explore the grounds one of the few birds we can easily see as we arrive may include the lesson’s motmot banded backed wren and an array of tanagers. Lunch at Amigos on the road, Dinner and Overnight Crystal Paradise
DAY 4: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE/ SLATE CREEK CANYON – Early departure to the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Here we have the opportunity to see yellow faced Grassquits, Rufous-capped Warblers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Yellow-backed Orioles and Golden-hooded Tanagers. Black headed Siskins can often I’d rather be seen flying in flocks. There is a strong possibility of seeing the orange-breasted falcons and king vultures by The 1,000 Ft. Falls (Hidden Valley). We then make a visit to the slate creek canyon where we have seen the Lovely Cotinga 8 out of 10 trips other birds include Ornate hawk Eagle Black and White Hawk eagle and the Stygian Owl. Breakfast, packed lunches, Dinner and overnight Crystal Paradise.
DAY 5: CRYSTAL PARADISE/TIKAL – Travel 1 ½ hr drive into neighboring Guatemala to visit a very important Maya site. Located in the Peten lowland of Guatemala, this huge Classic Period Maya site, rich in jungle flora and fauna, is considered one of the world’s premier Archaeological Reserves. The park consists of 225+ square kilometers Guided tour of Tikal Maya site itself which offers great birding opportunities. Some of the birds we hope to see include the Toddy-Motmot Slaty-tailed trogons, orange breasted falcons, Ocellated turkeys, Crested Guans and more. Breakfast at Crystal Paradise; Lunch, Dinner, & Overnight at Tikal Inn.
DAY 6: BIRDING IN TIKAL/ CAYE CAULKER – We wake up early have some coffee and bird the immediate area of the lodge within the park as we look for Ocellated-turkeys, Pheasant Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Tyranulet, Chestnut-collared Woodpeckers, Red-lored Parrots, Mealy Parrots, Brown-hooded and more. Leave Tikal after a late breakfast and transfer to Belize City optional stops along the way to bird and have lunch at a local restaurant. Breakfast Tikal & Overnight Seaside cabanas or Pura Vida Inn in Caye Caulker
DAY 7: CAYE CAULKER BIRDING- SNORKEL AT CORAL GARDENS – Pre-breakfast bird walk on the reserve there as we look for the Cinnamon Hummingbird, Whimbrels, Black Catbird, Bananaquit, Yucatan Vireos, Rufous-necked Woodrail and more. Magnificent Frigate-birds and Brown Pelicans are commonly seen flying over the sea. Snorkeling tour departs at 10:30 to the Belize barrier reef. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef and is teeming with marine life. We can swim in crystal clear waters with the sharks and Rays as we enjoy the many colorful fishes, turtles and other marine life. Overnight Seaside cabanas or Pura Vida Inn in Caye Caulker.
DAY 8: CAYE CAULKER TO BELIZE INT’L AIRPORT – Boat transfer Caye Caulker to Belize City Marine terminal and a short drive to BZE Int’l airport. Getting you there two hrs prior to your flight home after a fun filled birding vacation in Belize.
Things to pack for your Birding in Belize trip.
- Personal medication & Basic first-aid
- Insect repellent and sun-screen
- Binoculars, sunglasses, Camera and batteries
- Back pack for day trips
- Water bottles (as we have 5 gals purified water you can refill for creating less garbage)
- Rain poncho, long sleeve shirts, long pants
- Casual clothing, hat, Comfortable shoes or hiking boots
- Sandals or water shoes
- Flashlights, and Underwater disposable camera