Tour Interest: Birding and Natural History

Tour Type: Fly-Drive

Tour Dates: Runs on request

Tour Duration: 15 Days - 14 Nights

Starts/Ends: Starts and ends in Belize City

Best time to go: December to April

Prices: Based on group size

Birds and Wildlife of Belize and Tikal

Tour Map

Outlined Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Belize International Airport. Transfer to La Milpa Ecolodge. O/N La Milpa Ecolodge.

Day 2 – Full day exploring La Milpa Archaeological Site. O/N La Milpa Ecolodge.

Day 3 – Full day Río Bravo Conservation and Management Area. O/N La Milpa Ecolodge.

Day 4 – Early afternoon transfer to Crooked Tree. Afternoon birding Crooked Tree. O/N Bird’s Eye View Ecolodge.

Day 5 – Full day Crooked Tree. O/N Bird’s Eye View Ecolodge.

Day 6 – Morning Crooked Tree. Early afternoon transfer to Lamanai Outpost Lodge. O/N Lamanai Outpost Lodge.

Day 7 – Full day Lamanai Ruins and trails. O/N Lamanai Outpost Lodge.

Day 8 – Morning transfer to Hidden Valley. Afternoon birding Hidden Valley. O/N Hidden Valley Inn.

Day 9 – Full day Hidden Valley. O/N Hidden Valley Inn.

Day 10 – Morning Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Afternoon transfer to Chaa Creek Lodge. O/N Chaa Creek Lodge.

Day 11 – Early Morning birding Chaa Creek. After breakfast, we will drive across the border and into Guatemala to go visiting Tikal National Park. O/N Tikal.

Day 12 – Full day exploring Tikal National Park. O/N Tikal.

Day 13 – Morning transfer to Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores, to take a flight back to Belize City, followed by boat transfer to Caye Caulker. O/N Caye Caulker.

Day 14 – Full day exploring Caye Caulker. O/N Caye Caulker.

Day 15 – Morning boat transfer to Belize City, followed by drive to Belize International Airport. Tour Conclusion.

 

Tour Highlights

Archaeological ruins of Lamanai (Belize) and Tikal (Guatemala), in the heart of the ancient Mayan World. More than 300 species of birds, including Ocellated Turkey, Crested Guan, Orange-breasted Falcon, Brown Jay, Montezuma Oropendola and many others.

 

Tour Features

Located at 17° north of the Equator, on the Yucatán Peninsula, Belize is the only Central American country without a Pacific coastline. Belize’s territory is only 22,966 km² (8,867 sq. mi), but it has 386 km (240 mi) of spectacular coastline running along the Caribbean Sea, where many coral reefs, cays, and islands form the Belize Barrier Reef. This 322 km (200 mi) reef is second only to the Great Barrier Reef, and it’s the longest in the western hemisphere. Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south.

The climate in Belize is tropical, with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) all year round. There’s a dry and a wet season in Belize. Dry season spans from December to April and has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year. Rain –if any at this time of the year– usually falls in mild, short bursts. Wet season starts in June and it lasts until December. This is when parts of the country receive up to 3,800 mm (150 inches) of rain and heavy storms occur, usually in the late afternoons. Hurricanes also strike Belize, mostly during the late Atlantic hurricane season (September to December), and while statistically Belize does not attract many major direct hits, it does get its share of severe tropical weather, with high winds and lots of rain.

Despite its small size, Belize’s biodiversity is truly outstanding, with many different ecosystems, ranging from swampy coastal plains with mangrove forests, to hills and low mountains in the south.

Belize is an ideal setting for bird watchers with many birding hotspots. In addition, six Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been identified in this country. The tropical forests, savannahs, numerous cayes, wetlands, and coastal plains of Belize offer a myriad of habitat to many birds.

There are 102 protected areas in Belize, placing 22.6% of its territory under some form of protection. Around 232,750 hectares (575,138 acres) of Broadleaf Forest; 7,460 hectares (18,434 aces) of Pine Forest and 3,090 hectares (7,635 acres) of Savannah land span through its entire territory. Known plants total up 3,408 species, including 58 endemics. There are 46 amphibians, 43 fresh water fish, 158 mollusks, 288 Lepidoptera, 176 Odonata, 141 reptiles, 606 birds (following IOC 8.1 species list standards) and 163 mammals. There are 2 endemic fish species, 2 amphibians and 1 reptile in Belize and 43 of its mammals are endangered.

Our tour has been specially designed for birders and naturalists to enjoy watching and photographing Belize’s natural diversity, adding Tikal as “the icing on the cake.” We invite you to join us on this fantastic Mesoamerican wildlife travel-adventure, exploring Belize and Tikal’s diverse wilderness and their vast cultural heritage.

 

Best Time To Go

This tour is possible year-round. Regardless, if choosing a certain time of the year is an option for you, planning for dry season (December to April), might be a good idea to try and avoid possible rain-caused road or park closures.

 

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Belize International Airport to day 15 on departure from that same airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15 of the tour. No drinks included. Collective boat transfers to/from Caye Caulker. Flight from Flores to Belize City. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

 

What’s Not Included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes, except for the regional flight from Flores to Belize City. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”