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Belize

Tour Code: BLZ01

A 9-day wildlife holiday enjoying the region's diverse mammals and birds, as well as the impressive Mayan ruins.

dates & prices to be confirmed Land Only Price: £ SRS: £


Belize offers swathes of untouched rainforest, mangrove coastline and splendid coral reefs to explore. On arrival in Belize, we begin with a 4-night stay at Pook’s Hill where just metres from our comfortable cabins we’ll marvel at the dazzling variety of orioles, toucans, hummingbirds and other birds around us, and hope to see Kinkajou and some impressive insects during night walks! Next we head for Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a maze of protected waterways and lagoons which holds a wonderful variety of wetland birds as well as providing a home for Black Howler Monkeys, Morelet's Crocodiles, Coatimundi, several species of turtle and a host of other wildlife.

  • Drive over ‘Hummingbird Highway’ to San Ignacio
  • Superb birding while relaxing in comfortable cabins!
  • Optional excursion to visit the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala
  • Guatemalan Howler Monkeys & Black-handed Spider Monkeys at Tikal
  • Howler monkey chorus, turtles & Fish-eating Bats among other wildlife highlights
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

Typical Caribbean fare with a latin twist. Lots of rice, chicken and pulses!

Accommodation

A mixture of wildlife lodges and small hotels

Jaguar (Chris Sharpe)

Jaguar (Chris Sharpe)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly USA

Day 2 Fly Belize; Pook's Hill

Day 3 Pook's Hill

Day 4 Actun Tunichil Muknal (The Cave of the Stone Sepulcher)

Day 5 Pook's Hill; Tikal

Day 6 Pook's Hill; Belize Zoo

Day 7 Crooked Tree

Day 8 Belize City

Day 9 Fly London

Due to extensive deforestation throughout much of the rest of Central America, the Chiquibul Rainforest in Belize provides one of the few remaining sanctuaries for many endangered species. Las Cuevas Research Station and Explorers Lodge lie in the heart of this forest and provide a base for scientists undertaking important field research in the forest ? and for conservation-orientated visitors who wish to experience living in this remote and unexplored part of the world. Las Cuevas is an operational field station where scientists are working to provide the knowledge that can create a sustainable long-term future for the Chiquibul and other tropical forests. By staying here you are also helping by creating an economic incentive for saving these forests. Not only do you have the chance to see unspoilt nature but you will also see ‘science-in-action’s. You will be in a place where today’s discovery could be a new species or a vital piece of understanding that will help unravel the complex web of life that is a rainforest. This tour is based partly at Las Cuevas, the perfect location from which to explore the Chiquibul rainforest. Hummingbird feeders, together with regularly stocked bird tables, ensure that many bird species can be seen from the veranda of the Explorers Lodge itself. Ocelots and other cats have also been seen in our clearing. During day trips and night drives you will have the possibility of seeing other rare and exotic flora and fauna, including Jaguar, Harpy Eagle, Tapir, Fer-de-lance, King Vulture and River Otter, etc. Travelling through altitudinal variation and different local habitats means you will see many different botanical, mammal and bird environments during the week. Our expert local guides will always on hand to look after your safety and make sure you see as much as possible.

Sunrise (Christine George)Howler Monkey (Christine George)Collard Aracari (Christine George)Jungle Lodge (Christine George)Sunset (Christine George)Magnificent Frigatebird (Christine George)Tikal (Christine George)Ambergris Caye (Christine George)Groove-Billed Ani (Christine George)Ambergris Cave (Peter Dunn)Violaceous Trogon (Peter Dunn)Central American Spider Monkey (Peter Dunn)Masked Tityra (Peter Dunn)Yucatan Black Howler Monkey (Peter Dunn)Green Iguana (Peter Dunn)Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Peter Dunn)White-nosed Coati (Peter Dunn)Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (Peter Dunn)Bat Falcon (Peter Dunn)Striped Basilisk (Peter Dunn)White-collared Manakin (Peter Dunn)Yucatan Black Howler Monkey (Peter Dunn)Duplooys deck (Peter Dunn)Duplooys treewalk (Peter Dunn)
C.C.
Avon
The food throughout the trip was superb, but the food and organisation at Pook's Hill was outstanding!
S.S.
South Africa
We had the most wonderful time and it was a really magical holiday. All the organisation went without a hitch and we loved the lodges, the food, the people, the beautifully coloured birds, the very interesting Mayan ruins of which we saw several. The guides were very pleasant and professional and the Belizean people were delightful.
R.M.
Avon
Brilliant trip, saw many great birds, including numerous American Warblers (more than I could find in the UK). This could easily be a 'bird only' trip, but the mammals, insects, reptiles and Mayan ruins in Guatamala made for a fascinating all-round trip.
P.C.
Leicestershire
Thank you for an extremely enjoyable holiday with knowledgeable leader and guides. Overall a wonderful experience.
A.F.
Surrey
A highlight was the tour of the botanical garden at du Plooys. At Lamanai Maurizio was excellent both for ornithology and archaeology.
J. & J.L.
Hampshire
this holiday was organised so that there were 2/3 days in each location - we took every opportunity to enjoy other activities e.g. canoeing at du Plooys, visiting ruins and museums at Tikal and Lamanai and boat trips on the calm sunny day at San Pedro.
Mr & Mrs P.
Kent
Your itinerary was very good in that it covered many activities, types of country and types of accommodation (hotel/lodge/camp) - & we had no one night stopovers. It was particularly good to visit Crooked Tree /Lamanai/ Cockscomb/ Chaa Creek/ Tikal/ Ambergris Caye. Mike Dale, as expected from previous knowledge, maintained an excellent standard of leadership, care and knowledge.
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We will be running this tour in the near future but as yet have not finalised dates and prices. To register your interest and be added a waiting list to be informed when details are confirmed, please contact us or phone 01962 733051.

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The food throughout the trip was superb, but the food and organisation at Pook's Hill was outstanding!
C.C., Avon