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Get up close to the country’s many tropical species with birdwatching, snorkelling and a night hike to track the elusive jaguar

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  • Privately guided tours tailored specifically to you
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers and internal flights
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  • Night jaguar hike
  • Kayaking along the Rio Grande
  • Visit to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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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

Days 1-4

Orange Walk

Meet and greet at Belize City airport Meet and greet at Belize City airport
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Shared transfer to your hotel in the Orange Walk District

Accommodation in Orange Walk

Three nights in the Orange Walk District Three nights in the Orange Walk District

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

 
Visit Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Visit 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.

Days 4-7

Mountain Pine Ridge

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Mountain Pine Ridge

Accommodation in Mountain Pine Ridge

Three nights in Mountain Pine Ridge Three nights in Mountain Pine Ridge

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.

Sunrise birdwatching experience Sunrise birdwatching experience

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.

Butterfly farm and Barton Creek tour Butterfly farm and Barton Creek tour

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.

Day at leisure in Mountain Pine Ridge Day at leisure in Mountain Pine Ridge
Jaguar night hike Jaguar night hike

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Dangriga airport

Flight

Flight from Dangriga (DGA) - Punta Gorda (PND)

Days 7-10

Punta Gorda

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Punta Gorda

Accommodation in Punta Gorda

Three nights in Punta Gorda Three nights in Punta Gorda

Enjoy your days in Punta Gorda exploring the lush countryside, beautiful reefs and exciting rainforest.

Manatee snorkelling trip Manatee snorkelling trip

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.

Kayaking along the Rio Grande Kayaking along the Rio Grande

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.

Monkey River tour Monkey River tour

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.

Days 10-13

Placencia

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Placencia

Accommodation in Placencia

Three nights in Placencia Three nights in Placencia

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.

Snorkel Belize's reefs Snorkel Belize's reefs

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.

Day at leisure in Placencia Day at leisure in Placencia
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Placencia airport

Flight

Flight from Placencia (PLJ) - Belize City (TZA)

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