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Birding in Belize

There are more than 500 bird species in varied habitats
around Belize - Most of which can be reached in a day from
duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge ...

Bird Watching is great in Cayo!
Birding Group at duPlooysIn the western region of Belize, the Cayo District is well known for its abundant bird life and duPlooy's Jungle Lodge could not be better placed, with its rich mixture of habitats. Set in secondary growth rainforest on the edge of the Macal River, duPlooy's offers an unparalleled opportunity to get close to forest birds.

Each Morning we put out a tempting plate of fruit and throughout the day the birds will come in and feed just a few feet from our guests as they enjoy lunch or a drink on the deck.

Collard Aracari at duPlooysEarly morning is best and one of our guides is always on hand to help with identification over complimentary tea and coffee. Species such as Collared aracari, Wood thrush, Blue-crowned motmot and several Tanagers are regulars at the fruit table, usually in numbers, bickering over the pineapple!

Other Visitors to the fruit offerings include
Gray catbird, Clay-colored robin, and the noisy Plain chachalacas
that will also double as your daily wake-up call! Around the deck, you will invariably find pairs of Rose-throated Becard, Masked Tityra and several flycatcher species in the canopy, especially if one of the trees is fruiting.

duPlooy's AM Birding

At duPlooy's, there are numerous trails that offer possibilities for true forest Birding. And the extensive trail system in the outlying areas are potentially even more exciting: Parrots, Trogons, Toucans, Honey creepers, Wood creepers, Puff birds, Tinamou, and other highly prized bird sightings are all out there, just waiting to be found.

Our expert in-house Birding guide, Philip Mai will be happy to give you all the advice and expertise you need to make your Tropical Birding Holiday in Belize an unforgeable one.

For the Birds - ALL Inclusive (8 Nights / 9 Days)

Blue Crowned Mot-MotWhether you're a seasoned "twitcher" or a beginning Birder, we can help you identify and learn about Belize’s many bird species. If you don’t already know, we will teach you the basics from learning how to use your binoculars to the best ways to spot birds in the bush with our 9 Day Birding Package (with 2 options).

If you’re new to Birding or you just want to learn more about tropical birds and their habits and habitats, then we suggest using DAYS 2 thru 4 to take our Bird & Plant ID Course (Option 1) which is used to instruct Licensed Belizean tour guides on the how to's of Birding. If you're already a seasoned birder, this is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of tropical birds and visit and learn about habitats that you may not be familiar with.

1000 foot fallsOption 2 is for experienced Birders
Let your Bird Guide know what birds you are looking for and he will help you find them over the next 3 days.

DAYS 5 thru 8 for both Options 1 & 2 are identical and you and your group will have the opportunity to look for birds in the Mountain Pine Ridge, tropical forests, jungle rivers and in open Savannah, with the option to add a Northern and/or Southern Belize component to your Tropical Birding itinerary.

It's not uncommon for a week-long itinerary to produce a trip-list of more than 200 species in the winter months and since some of the best bird-watching sites are found close to other great attractions, coupling your Birding excursions with other fun pursuits will only add to your experience.

Let us help you find birds to add to your life-list or start your own ...

For the Birds Itinerary Includes

  • 8 Nights Accommodations at La Casona (duPlooy's Jungle Lodge)
  • ALL Meals starting with dinner the first night thru breakfast on departure day.
  • ALL Entrances to sites, border fees and site-specific guides where required
  • ALL Ground Transportation
  • Scheduled Activities & Tours listed below
  • Use of Classroom Facilities
  • ALL Applicable Taxes & Gratuities

TOTAL COST per person - $1,850.00

Cost is for a minimum of 10 persons
Comp for 1 group leader per 10 paying persons.
For fewer than 10 persons, ask us about other options.
Additional comps available for larger groups.
Ask about adding a Northern or Southern Belize component to your Birding itinerary.

DAY 1 - After clearing immigration and customs at the airport you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.  On the way, stop at the Belize Zoo for a look at some of our indigenous wildlife, if your arrival time permits.

Arrive at duPlooy’s and check into La Casona where there will be a short orientation before dinner. Everyone receives a Checklist of Birds found within a 5-mile radius of duPlooy’s and the Course Manual.

DAY 2 - Meet on duPlooy’s Deck at 6:30 am for coffee and your first look at Belize’s birds. After breakfast your guide will take you for a short walk through the Belize Botanic Gardens.

DAY 2, 3 & 4 - OPTION 1 - Bird and Plant ID Course

Class starts at 8 am - Spend each morning learning in the classroom and the afternoon identifying the plants and birds covered in the morning’s session before heading out to the field and to various habitats on Day 5, where, with your newly honed Birding skills you’ll be finding and identifying new birds on your own.

DAY 2, 3 & 4 - OPTION 2 - Choose your Itinerary

Discuss with your guide what birds you would like to see and visit the sites where you are most likely to find them including El Pilar, CaracolThe Inland Blue Hole or Aguacate Lagoon in Spanish Lookout.  (Other choices may incur an additional charge)

DAY 5 - After breakfast, combine a Canoe trip down the Macal River with your guide spotting birds that inhabit the river and shore.  Eat lunch in San Ignacio Town and continue on to Cahal Pech Maya Site to explore the ruins and add to your list.  Return to duPlooy’s for dinner and, after dinner, those who wish can go on a guided night-walk around the property.

DAY 6 - Today takes you to the Mountain Pine Ridge and new habitats to explore with an entirely different eco-system.  Combine you birding experience with a visit to Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and a refreshing swim at Big Rock falls.

Day 7 - Head off into Guatemala to the magnificent Maya site of Tikal and combine your day’s birding with a tour of the Ruins. Return to duPlooy’s in time for dinner.

DAY 8 - Today is your day to bird on your own or with your group and/or take advantage of complimentary use of canoes and inner tubes. See more Things to Do at duPlooy's. If you would like to go horseback riding, or take advantage of another off-site activity, just let us know. The cost for these optional activities are not included.

DAY 9 - After breakfast and of course a little Birding, return to Belize City or BZE International for your return flight home or onward destination.


This "Tropical Classroom" Itinerary can be modified to meet your group's particular interests. Just let us know as much as you can about your requirements, so we can help you plan exactly what you have in mind.

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