Best Birding Tours in Belize with
with Belize's Best Birding Guides
Whether you're a seasoned "twitcher" or a beginning Birder, duPlooy Travel can ensure you a great Belize Birding Experience ....
Why Belize as a Birding destination?
More than 500 species in varied habitats, many of which can be reached in a day.
It's not uncommon for a week-long itinerary to produce a trip list of more than 200 species in the winter months. Let us help you find birds to add to your lifelist or start your own.
On your Birding Tour you’ll have the chance to look for birds in the rainforest, in open savannahs, on cayes, and among the country’s many swamps and mangroves.
Since some of the best Belize bird watching sites are found close to other great Belize attractions, coupling your birding adventure with other fun pursuits will only add to your experience.
Best of Belize Birding Package
Day 1 - After clearing immigration and customs at the airport you will be met by your Belizean Birding guide and then will travel along the
Northern Highway to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Normally it is about an hour's drive, but since we stop for birds...........
DAY 2 – Early morning birding by boat on the lagoons at Crooked Tree .
Water fowl will be the main target with special emphasis on finding the Jabiru, Sungrebe and Agami
O/N Bird’s Eye View Lodge
DAY 3 – Following breakfast, take a short drive to board your boat for the ride to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai for a guided tour of the site and, of course, birding. Look for the Red-Lored Parrot, Collared Aracari Toucan, Lineated & Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Black-Headed & Violaceous Trogons. In addition, Yucatan Black Howler Monkeys are usually seen or heard here.
DAY 4 - Early morning departure for the Cayo District with a stop en route at the Belize Zoo and lunch at a nearby restaurant, arriving in late afternoon at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge. Explore the property on your own and, after dinner, meet your guide for a nightwalk.
While at duPlooy's you have the option of a pre-breakfast bird walk on the property. After breakfast depart for Caracol, the largest Mayan Archeological site in Belize and the Mountain
Pine Ridge, a 300 square mile reserve for beautiful scenery, waterfalls & birding. Stops will be made along the way
as birding opportunities present themselves and at specific known birding
Here we have the opportunity to see Yellow-faced
Grassquits, Rufus-capped Warblers, Acorn
Woodpeckers, Yellow-backed Orioles and
Golden-hooded Tanagers. These falcons live on the outcropping. Black-headed
Siskins can often be seen flying in flocks and possibly Orange-breasted falcon.
DAY 7- Local birding at El Pilar Archeological site. The site is excellent for birding, hiking, and provides an insight to Belize's
sub-tropical forests. We will make stops along the way to view such birds as Collared
Manikins, honeycreeper's and an array of flycatchers
DAY 8 - A Short trip into Guatemala takes you to the Yaxhá, a Maya site where the birding has been described as "brilliant". Look for the Ivory-billed woodpecker here.
DAY 9 - After breakfast and of course birding, return to Belize International Airport Belize International Airport for your return
flight home or onward destination.
Watching is great in Cayo!
The Cayo District of Belize 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 Jungle Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to get close to forest birds.
The Lodge is built on the edge of a fairly steep wooded incline, and the unique canopy walk takes you straight into the canopy and amongst birds not normally encountered at ground level. The canopy walk extends out from the bar ....and forest birding has never been so civilized!
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 at the bar. Early morning is best though, and one of our expert guides is always on hand to help with identification over the complimentary tea and coffee. Species such as Collared aracari, Wood thrush, Blue-crowned motmot and several Tanagers are regular at the fruit table, usually in numbers, bickering over the melon!
Other visitors to the fruit 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.
Watch duPlooy's AM Birding Video
As well as the Canopy Deck, there are many genuine rainforest trails at duPlooy's that offer more possibilities for true forest Birding, and trails in the outlying forest are potentially even more exciting. Parrots, Trogons, Toucans, Honeycreepers, Wood creepers, Puff birds, Tinamou, and many more highly prized birds are all out there, just waiting to be found. The cacophony of tropical sounds is constantly punctuated by the screech of a parrot, and underpinned with the cooing of White-tipped doves and Red-billed pigeons.
Whether you want to take advantage of our birding package or would rather explore on your own, our expert staff guides, Philip Mai and Fermin Tzib will be happy to give you all the advice and expertise you need to make your Belize Birding holiday an unforgettable one.
Best of Belize Birding Package Includes
Ground and Air Transportation within Belize
Expert Bird Guide
ALL Entrance Fees
ALL Meals beginning with Dinner on your arrival day and ending with breakfast on departure day
ALL Applicable Taxes & Service Charges
Single Person - $3,225
Two Persons 1 Room - $2,150 pp
Three Persons 1
Room - $1,584 pp
Four Persons 2 Rooms - $ 1,594 pp
Single Supplement (w/others) $2,500
Ask about Adding a Southern Belize Component (Toledo District) to your Birding itinerary. Discount Rates for 5 or more persons.
Important - This Package begins from the time you leave the airport exit terminal to when you are ready to board again for your flight home or onward destination. And includes All costs for Transport, Accommodations, Tours/Fees & Equipment and ALL meals, starting with dinner on your arrival day to breakfast on your departure day.
A Belize Departure Tax of US $39.25 per person is not included in our package prices. Most airlines now include this cost in their ticket price. At the present time, May, 2010, American Airlines does not include this tax. If not included, you will need to pay this Tax, in US$, directly to the airport authorities at Philip S. Goldson International Airport, on the date of your departure.