Overview

Tiny Belize occupies the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, the epicentre of the Ancient Mayan civilisation. Formerly known as British Honduras, it is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Several unique features make this a naturalist’s paradise. It is blessed with the world’s second largest barrier coral reef. The country is a core component of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor linking North and South America. It contains a high diversity of forest, woodland and wetland habitats within a relatively confined area. It is the most sparsely populated country in Central America, and this reduced population pressure translates into large contiguous blocks of intact vegetation including primary rainforest. Importantly, Belize is also a world leader in biodiversity and natural resource conservation, with 37% of the land territory under formal protection. This is an extraordinarily high proportion, and results in this small country supporting over 600 species of birds, as well as the highest Jaguar population density in the world.

Our birding & wildlife tour seeks to make the most of this biodiversity, visiting the key Belize birding and cultural sites such as Crooked Tree Sanctuary, where water-birds of all sorts abound, and there is a great chance to get up close and personal with the spectacular Jabiru, the largest flying bird in the New World! Time spent in the submontane pine forests of the Pine Ridge Mountains affords us the opportunity for several highland specials including Black-headed Siskin, Rusty Sparrow, Solitary Eagle and King Vulture as well as a good chance of finding the tricky Stygian Owl and regal Orange-breasted Falcon. Our exploration of rainforest sites at Caracol and Chan Chich offers unforgettable possibilities for Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Keel-billed Toucan and Agami Heron. The awesome birdlife throughout the tour is augmented by the ease of travel, superb accommodation, friendly people and fine cuisine, making this a thoroughly enjoyable birding adventure for both hardcore and casual birders alike!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Yucatan Woodpecker; Yucatan Poorwill, Northern Potoo; Jabiru; Sungrebe; Agami Heron; Crane Hawk; Golden-hooded, Rose-throated & Red-throated Ant Tanagers; Stub-tailed Spadebill; Black-headed Siskin; Orange-breasted & Bat Falcons; King Vulture; Lovely Cotinga; Ornate & Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles, Stygian Owl; Great Curassow; Ocellated Turkey; Keel-billed & Tody Motmot; Chestnut-colored & Black-cheeked Woodpecker; Rufous Piha; Rusty Sparrow; Scarlet Macaw; Russet-naped Wood Rail.
Habitats Covered
rainforest, cloudforest, dry forest, submontane wet forest, mixed temperate forest, coffee fincas, lakes, shoreline, marshes
Expected Climate
mostly warm and humid tropical conditions; some cool to cold mornings at higher altitudes
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed pace with some longer walks
Accommodation
very comfortable lodges
Ease of Birding
easy to moderate
Other Attractions
Chan Chich
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Having known Chris for many years, we knew this was going to be a great tour. And it was. Chris is personable with a delightful sense of humor. One always feels comfortable around him. He takes excellent care of his birders (clients) by ensuring them what the daily plan is, where we are going and why. His birding skills are beyond excellent. He makes sure everyone sees the bird, if possible, explaining what we’re looking for and where. His ability to provide directions is a skill that goes a long way to making the bird spotting pleasurable and possible. Chris’s keen hearing ensures that birds that aren’t being seen have the potential to be called into view. Rockjumper is fortunate to employ Chris, an extraordinary individual. We look forward to traveling with Chris in the future.

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