Belize, “The Birders Paradise”, is located on the east coast of Central America, snuggled right between Mexico (north), Guatemala (south and west) and the Caribbean Sea (east).
It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English. Belize has the second longest barrier reef which is home to a diversity of plants and animals, and is one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world. Its mainland is about 184 miles long and 68 miles wide, with 8,867 sq miles of land and a diverse population of 380,000 Belizeans.
Belize is a land of natural beauty, with unspoiled rivers, dense jungle, high mountains, rich agricultural lands, and mangrove swamps. There are more than 600 species of birds documented with at least 2 – 3 new species being recorded yearly, out of that about 20 percent are migratory birds from North and South America.
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The Village of Crooked Tree is on an Island of about 20 square miles. This small community is well-known for its cashew which can be made into cashew wine and cashew jam.
During the month of April/May is the famous Cashew Festive where you can experience the different tastes of Crooked Tree products.
The lagoons, creeks, logwood swamps, broadleaf forests, and marshes of Crooked Tree Sanctuary cover over 16,400 acres and is the home to countless thousands of birds such as the Vermillion Flycatchers, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-Tailed Kites and Hawks, Laughing Falcons, Meadowlarks, Swallows and Herons just to name a few. Crooked Tree is known for its most famous resident, The Jabiru Stork In all of Central America, Belize boasts being the largest nesting home for these great birds.
In November, Jabiru storks come to Crooked Tree from Venezuela and Mexico to nest in the tall pines of the lowland pine savannas. Jabiru is making Belize their home due to loss of habitat in Venezuela and Mexico. Being one of the tallest birds in the entire Western Hemisphere, the Jabiru stands 5 feet tall and has a wingspan of 8 feet. Its heavy bill is about 12.5 inches long which is perfectly designed to catch fish, frogs and snakes.”
CARACOL MAYAN RUIN
Caracol is the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize, Central America. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The site was first discovered in 1937 by a native logger named Rosa Mai, who came across its remains while searching or mahogany hardwood trees to exploit. Caracol’s largest and most impressive structure is a hillside temple known as Caana, which is Maya for “Sky Place.” Rising 143 feet (43.5 meters) above the jungle, Caana is the tallest Maya building in Belize and still one of the tallest buildings in the country. Excavations of the ruins did not begin until the 1950s while most of the work took place since 1985. The excavations have uncovered pyramids, royal tombs, dwellings, monuments and two ball courts. Wildlife is abundant in the dense jungle surrounding the site which also makes it an ideal birding spot.
About 70 different species of birds are recorded to have been seen of which includes, Keel-Billed Mot Mot, Crested Guan, Great Curassow and the Ocellated Turkey
CHIQUIBUL NATIONAL PARK
Chiquibul National Park is Belize’s largest national park. It is 264,000 acres of dense jungle and is located in Belize’s, Cayo District. The park’s landscape includes south Vaca Plateau and the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains. Doyle’s Delight, the highest mountain in Belize, is located in the park. The park is located on a layer of limestone strata, the largest area of protected karst in Belize. The park incorporates portions of the Chiquibul Cave System, the longest known cave system in Central America. Being a protected area, Chiquibul flourishes with many wildlife and birds species. Well known are the magnificent Harpy Eagle and the colourful scarlet macaws.
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What to bring:
- bug repellent
- tripod stand
- cameras with good focus
- clothing for 7 days/6 nights
$4,755 USD for 2 pax. Minimum 2.
- Single travellers are $2,377.00 USD, and can join any group (if any).
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