Northern, Central, and Southern Belize Birding Tour

12 days / 11 Nights Birding in Belize Tour Package

Macal River Canoeing

Macal River Canoeing – Birding in Belize

Double occupancy US$2,959.00 each | Single supplement US $3,495.00

Belize birding package 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 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 Taanagers. Lunch at Amigos on the road, Dinner and Overnight Crystal Paradise.

Day 4: CRYSTAL PARADISE – Morning bird-walk on the grounds at Crystal Paradise. Some of the birds we hope to see include Red-legged Honeycreepers, Tanagers, Tityras, and Parrots. Blue Crowned Motmots and the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are also a common sight. Easy day to hang out explore on your own.

Bird at Crystal Paradise Lodge

Bird at Crystal Paradise Lodge

Day 5: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE – 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 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 6: El PILAR – We will make an early morning visit to El Pilar, a Maya site in Belize offering some of the best flora and fauna in the area. It is excellent for Belize birding, hiking, and provides an insight to Belize’s sub-tropical forests. We will make stops along the way to view birds such as the Collared Manakins and Honeycreepers, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Tody Motmots, Euphonias, Olive-backed Euphonias, Yellow Tyranulet, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, White-whiskered Puffbirds, White-necked Puff-birds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Stub-tailed Spadebill, a Number of Trogons an array of flycatchers etc. Breakfast, packed lunches, Dinner and overnight Crystal Paradise.

Day 7: MACAL RIVER CANOEING – Morning: Pre-breakfast bird-walk on the grounds at Crystal Paradise. Some of the birds we hope to see include Red-legged Honeycreepers, Tanagers, Tityras, and Parrots. Lesson’s Motmot and the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are also a common sight. Easy morning to hang out explore on your own after a late breakfast.
Leisurely canoeing on the Macal River. While canoeing we have the chance to see Neotropic Cormorants, Sungrebe, Mangrove Swallows, Gray-necked Wood-rails, Amazon Kingfisher Green Kingfisher, Squirrel Cuckoos, and other wildlife that frequent the riverbanks such as iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and trees. Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and overnight Crystal Paradise.

Day 8 BLUE HOLE NATIONAL PARK – We will depart in the morning for a stop at the Blue Hole National Park. The Blue Hole has a number of trails to hike within the park. Some of the unusual birds known to this area include White Hawks, Spotted-Wood Quails, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotingas, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers, and Slaty-tailed Trogons,Cinnamon and Rose-throated Becards just to name a few. Breakfast, packed lunches and Overnight Bocawina lodge.

Great Curassow

Great Curassow – Photo courtesy Bob Gress, Birding in Belize Tour

Day 9: COCKSCOMB BELIZE JAGUAR RESERVE – We will spend the morning birding in the Jaguar reserve, some of the birds we hope to see include crested Guans, Great Curassow, White-collared Manakins, Passerinis Tanagers, Chestnut headed Oropendola the occasional Scarlet Macaw a number of Ant-wrens etc. Overnight Bocawina lodge.

Day 10: MAYFLOWER BOCAWINA NATIONAL PARK – After an early breakfast we go on a short drive to the Mayflower Bocawina National Park consisting of over 7,000 acres. It is home to waterfalls, lush vegetation and a wide variety of interesting birds such as the Keel-billed and Tody Motmots, Black faced Ant-thrush, Pygmy kingfishers just to name a few. Almost 200 species of birds have been recorded here. We then depart for the Belize city for a short boat ride to Caye Caulker. Overnight Sea side cabanas in Caye Caulker.

Day 11: 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 Coral Gardens Reserve. 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 12: 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 Belize birding vacation.

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

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