We booked our bird watching tour in Belize directly through Paradise Expeditions - Birding in Belize, a local company owned by members of the Tut family. We booked through Internet and corresponded a number of times with Jeronie through email and telephone who kindly answered our questions about the itinerary. Eric, our bird watching guide, was very generous of his time, with a schedule optimized to see a wide variety of birds while visiting some Maya archeological sites, natural parks and reserves. The six-day tour brought us to the Lamanai Archeological Site, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the El Pilar Archeological Site, the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, the Blue Hole National Park and the Cocks comb Jaguar reserve.
We saw 216 species of birds during our trip (end of November, early December 2011), many of them being close enough to photograph. Bird watching started from the time we left the airport (there was still 45 minutes before sunset) and stopped when we returned to the airport at the end of the trip (we saw two new species on the way to the airport). We essentially went bird watching everyday from sunrise to sunset, often doing a morning walk around the accommodation site prior to having breakfast. All accommodations were locally owned, contributing to a warm atmosphere throughout our stay. I would recommend Paradise Expeditions – Birding in Belize for someone who wants to do some serious bird watching in Belize. The members of the Tut family are knowledgeable about wildlife and outdoor activities in Belize and the visitors we spoke to seem to have appreciated their outdoor experience.