The Ultimate Wildlife Adventure
Get up close to the country’s many tropical species with birdwatching, snorkelling and a night hike to track the elusive jaguar
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Privately guided tours tailored specifically to you
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers and internal flights
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Night jaguar hike
- Kayaking along the Rio Grande
- Visit to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
At a glance
When it comes to beautiful and diverse wildlife, Belize is hard to beat. This trip includes some spectacular experiences to get you up close to some of the species that call this exotic land home.
You’ll start in the Orange Walk District, an area filled with dense jungle and Maya ruins. Choose to spend your time venturing into the jungle at dawn, embarking on a Maya medicine trail or tracking wildlife on a spotlight nature safari. Your next stop is Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, known as a prime spot for birdwatching. Enjoy spotting herons, egrets and storks before heading to a baboon sanctuary to learn about the conservation work done to protect the howler monkeys.
From there you will venture to Mountain Pine Ridge, a protected area of Caribbean pine forest teeming with wildlife. Enjoy a sunrise birdwatching experience, a trip to the caves of Barton Creek and a night hike searching for the elusive jaguar.
A short flight brings you to Punta Gorda where you’ll kayak along the Rio Grande, tour the Monkey River and set off in search of the gentle giants, the manatees. After another short flight, touch down in the Caribbean-style town of Placencia and snorkel its warm waters filled with colourful schools of fish.
You’ll then head back to Belize City for your return flight.
Example Trip Itinerary
Shared transfer to your hotel in the Orange Walk District
Accommodation in Orange Walk
- Twenty cabanas
Burrowed among the banks of a 28 mile lagoon amidst the remains of a major Mayan city is Lamanai Outpost Lodge. This rustic, palm-thatched property is the perfect choice for nature lovers, allowing you to get back to basics with awesome wildlife sightings and adventures right on the lodge’s doorstep. Each of the twenty wooden cabanas are decorated simply, providing you with comfort and space when you’re not out exploring the surrounding jungle – plus the food is superb. Serving up large, hearty portions, the open-air restaurant looks out over the beautiful lagoon creating a scenic dining setting. However, even further tropical dining experiences are available with breakfast served right on the jungle river. As expected a wealth of excursions are on offer here alongside knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. Kick off your day with a jungle dawn tour, before heading out on a Mayan medicine trail or a sunset cocktail cruise, with a night walk to close the day.
During your time in this wildlife haven you can get involved with two activities a day. Tours include a jungle dawn excursion, a visit to the Lamanai Maya Ruins, a Maya medicine trail, a sunset cocktail cruise, nature walks and a spotlight nature safari.
Private transfer to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is known as a bird watchers’ paradise. The sanctuary is 12 square kilometres and contains swamps, lagoons, inland waterways pine forests, savannah and jungle. After a tour and some bird watching - keep your eyes peeled for herons, egrets and Jabiru storks - you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the baboon sanctuary. Here you will learn about the conservation work that is done to protect the howler monkey and enjoy getting up close to these fascinating animals.
Mountain Pine Ridge
Private transfer to your hotel in Mountain Pine Ridge
Accommodation in Mountain Pine Ridge
- 20 rooms
- Pool bar
- Infinity pool
- Spa and gym
Nonchalantly set in its own private nature reserve, Gaia stands out in the Manuel Antonio resort area as a very stylish and modern hotel with that intimate boutique twist. The hotel’s immersion commands wonderful seclusion, tranquillity and uninterrupted rooftop views, making Gaia a perfect hideaway for honeymooners or for those looking for style, privacy and pampering. Its minimal design and luxury are in stark contrast to the tangled jungle packed around it. The 20 rooms fall into four categories of which the suites (Deluxe and Gaia) or the two-bedroom villas are highly recommended, in particular, the deluxe suite has a rooftop terrace with fantastic vistas and its own pool. At La Luna, you can indulge in local and international flavours for breakfast, lunch dinner, and every evening they host a Tapas Time. Enjoy the panoramic views of the tropical rainforest and the Pacific Ocean while you savour the fresh, healthy dishes. The size of the hotel means it manages a high level of bespoke service, with your own personalised concierge, room service at any time, and a free shuttle minibus into town or to the airport. Head out in Manuel Antonio National Park on guided tours, go hiking and horse riding, and spend time in the water snorkelling and scuba diving.
- 20 rooms
- 2 restaurants
This is a wonderful luxury mountain lodge set overlooking a small river and waterfall and close to the Caracol Mayan site. This is one of two properties in Belize owned by Francis Ford Coppola and was used as his private family retreat until it was opened to the public in the 90s. The decoration and construction of the lodge has a distinctly Balinese feel with ornately carved hardwood furnishings throughout. Accommodation is all in spacious private cabanas or larger two bedroom villas. The deluxe honeymoon cabanas come equipped with their own private infinity pool. The lodge has two restaurants (Italian and Guatemalan), a spa, swimming pool and stables. As one would expect service is excellent and the lodge is very well run.
- 12 private cottages
- Swimming Pool
- 9,000 acres private reserve
Set within a 7,200-acre private reserve, Hidden Valley Inn is a unique place within Belize and offers a very different experience from other lodges in the country. The focus here is on making the very most of the grounds and there is a fantastic trail system with over 90 miles to explore hiking or mountain biking. Guests are able to trek these independently, taking a two-way radio to keep in contact and, considering there are just twelve rooms here, it is likely that you will almost never see others whilst you are exploring the grounds. Trails lead through both pine and broad-leaf forest allowing great wildlife and birdwatching opportunities. There are also several secluded waterfalls within the forest for relaxing at (the honeymoon waterfall can be booked to allow total privacy and can be laid out with a special picnic). The cottages are semi-detached and are furnished in an understated way with natural hard woods stone floors. The main communal area has a pleasant bar and restaurant and there is an outdoor pool and heated jacuzzi. Service is excellent and the trails are very well maintained and posted. Hosts Flavian and Beverly lend a personal touch to the experience and make sure that all guests make the most of their stay.
A true adventure destination hidden away in this Caribbean pine and broad leaf forest region of Belize, spend your day exploring the flora and creatures who call Mountain Pine Ridge home.
Wake up at the same time as your feathered friends and witness a myriad of beautiful birds as they rise from their slumber. Your guide will help you spot wildlife and explain how to recognise different birds from their markings and calls.
Enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful butterfly farm, learning about the many winged creatures that flutter around this area. You'll then head through the Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river at Barton Creek. Equipped with canoes and high powered lights, you'll gently paddle along the river into the cave system known as Xibalba (she-bal-ba), which is Maya for underworld. Stalactites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations. Knowledgeable guides discuss the relevance of the cave to the ancient Mayan people and the archaeological significance of this 7.5km limestone cave system which was used for ceremonial purposes and as a burial site by the ancient Maya people.
Most of Belize’s large mammals are nocturnal so a night hike is your best chance of seeing them in their natural habitat. Your guided walk begins along the edge of the pine forest and moves into the jungle at a slow and quiet pace as you search for gibnuts, armadillos, peccaries and the elusive jaguar.
Private transfer to Dangriga airport
Flight from Dangriga (DGA) - Punta Gorda (PND)
Private transfer to your hotel in Punta Gorda
Accommodation in Punta Gorda
- 12 private bungalows
- Swimming Pool
- Treatment Room
- Mountain bikes
A truly special place, Copal Tree Lodge is simply one of our favourite lodges in all of Latin America. Perched on a hill overlooking the canopy of the lush tropical rainforest of southern Belize the hotel is centred around a main dining and relaxation area which affords great views and provides a focus for guests to meet and mingle with the excellent staff and guides. The private cabins lean out into the canopy itself, set on stilts and with a large screened balcony one really has the feeling of being in the canopy itself. Each is very spacious and elegantly appointed including comforts such as air conditioning and a double head shower room with a floor to ceiling window to allow views of the rainforest as you bathe. For relaxation the hotel has a pleasant pool area an outdoor fireside (where live music from local native musicians is arranged for evening drinks) and a small spa area with a good range of treatments. The star of the show here are the activities and the people which make them happen and can be arranged around any requirements making this an ideal lodge for people of all ages, abilities and tastes. Though very much in the rainforest, the boathouse at the banks of the lush river at the base of the hill, houses a speedboat that can whisk you to the calm clear waters of the Caribbean for snorkelling, swimming and fishing in the cayes.
- Nine cabanas
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and bar
On the banks of the Rio Grande river, close to Punta Gorda in southern Belize, The Lodge at Big Falls offers easy access to our natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a host of adventures, both inland and at sea. Family run, there are just nine cabanas – six are thatched cottages and three constructed from tropical hardwood. Each cabana has a queen size double and either an extra single bed or full size bunks to accommodate families. The main lodge, next to the outdoor swimming pool, holds a bar and restaurant that serves a range of local and international dishes, with vegetarian, vegan, kashrut and children’s alternatives all catered for. From Big Falls, visitors can explore the Mayan and Garifuna cultures inland, go jungle trekking, caving or go out to sea for snorkelling, diving, fishing and manatee watching.
Enjoy your days in Punta Gorda exploring the lush countryside, beautiful reefs and exciting rainforest.
Exotic marine life and vanishing species are at the heart of this sea adventure. Heading north from Punta Gorda, the first stop is the Rio Grande Estuary for a brief introduction to the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve. Then you’ll depart for the Frenchman Lagoon to try to spot the endangered West Indian manatee, a shy and gentle giant also known as a ‘sea cow’. The next stop is Snakes Cayes to relax on the white sand beach and snorkel in the warm waters known for its diverse species of fish and coral. You’ll also have the chance to search for Snake Caye’s namesake, the red tail boa, before heading to the TIDE ranger station at Abalone Caye where you can meet the rangers and learn about their valuable work.
Kayak down the deep green river, surrounded by jungle, and keep your eyes peeled for turtles, river otters and iguanas who often launch themselves from their tree perches as the kayaks approach, to seek refuge on the river bottom. There are also plenty of herons, cormorants, kingfishers and other bird species to spot along the way.
Board a small boat and float through the lush jungle, listening to the calls of river birds and howler monkeys. Your experienced river guide will point out some of the region’s abundant wildlife including Morelet’s crocodiles, iguanas and an array of bird species. You’ll then enjoy a jungle hike to spot troops of howler monkeys, toucans, snakes and other rainforest flora and fauna and learn about the various plants that are used in herbal medicine. After lunch you’ll wander through Monkey River Town, a small fishing village, before returning to Placencia looking out for West Indian manatees en route.
Private transfer to your hotel in Placencia
Accommodation in Placencia
- 25 rooms
- Two swimming pools
- Three restaurants
- Dive shop
Francis Ford Coppola’s second property in Belize, this is a charming beach-front resort. Set right on the beach the property has a Balinese theme with ornately carved hardwoods and native pieces imported from Asia. All rooms are in private casitas or larger two bedroom villas all with indoor and outdoor showers. Service at the resort is relaxed and friendly and services include two pools, a dive shop and three restaurants.
- 19 villas and 1 honeymoon suite
- Two beachfront infinity pools
- 400ft of premier beach with cushioned loungers
- Kaleidoscope seaview bar and lounge
- Café Mar beach-side restaurant with tropical outdoor seafront dining
- Tropical gardens with picnic area
- Gift shop
- Nightly complimentary van shuttle service to and from Placencia Village
Mayan for “Beautiful Sea”, Chabil Mar occupies a prime location on 400 feet of Caribbean beach front, just a 15 minute stroll along the beach or 5 minute bicycle ride from Placencia Village. As the closest, full service resort to the village and only guest exclusive resort in Placencia, it offers guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in wonderful Belizean culture. This boutique hotel is composed of just 19 individually designed villas and 1 honeymoon suite which all face directly onto the Caribbean Sea and come individually decorated and designed to compliment the incredible natural setting that surrounds it. Rooms are adorned with luxury 400 thread count linens, heavyweight bath and pool towels and Turkish robes. Two beachfront infinity pools are yours to enjoy should you like a change of scene from the hotel’s fine stretch of premier beach, and there are also two restaurants and a bar for you to while away pleasant evening in.
Relax and enjoy your time here in this Caribbean-style beach town of Placencia with numerous activities on offer from snorkelling, diving and boat trips.
Enjoy snorkelling through the waters surrounding Belize’s coral reef, passing schools of colourful fish and unique coral formations. Snorkelling destinations vary depending on weather conditions and your personal preferences, but wherever you choose you’ll see an abundance of fish while swimming through the warm waters. The tour includes a beach barbecue lunch.
Private transfer to Placencia airport
Flight from Placencia (PLJ) - Belize City (TZA)
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.