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.
VENTURE WITH US AND ADD A NEW AND EXOTIC BIRD SPECIE TO YOUR BIRDING LIST IN OUR THREE DIFFERENT BIRDING HOTSPOTS ACROSS BELIZE!!
At BZM Tours we give you the opportunity to choose one of our three birding hotspots in Belize. Please let us know which hotel/resort/lodge you are staying, so we can pick you up for an early morning birding tour from one of our three birding hotspots. We can arrange for pick up time. Each birding sight is all inclusive of lunch, bird guide, entrance fees, and transportation. We recommend you have a binocular and tripod.
EL PILAR MAYAN RUIN
El Pilar is an ancient Maya city center located on the Belize–Guatemala border. It can be accessed from the Cayo District in Belize, 12 miles north-west of the town of San Ignacio. El Pilar covers 5,000 acres, half of which lies in Belize and the other in Guatemala. El Pilar is the largest site in the Belize River area with over 25 plazas, hundreds of other buildings, covering about 120 acres. The trip to the ruin gives good opportunities to spot various bird species such as the Collared Manakins, Honeycreepers, warblers, parrots, toucans and an array of flycatchers etc.
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INLAND BLUE HOLE
The Inland Blue Hole is located just off the Hummingbird Highway, near Belmopan City. The park is over 575 acres in area, and contains two dry cave systems – St. Herman’s and Crystal, various nature trails and the cool jungle pool from which the park gets its name. Approximately 200 bird species have been recorded making if popular for bird watching. Concrete steps leads to the Blue Hole’s cool, turquoise waters which is surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses, vines and ferns. The green scenery makes for the perfect spot for a cool and relaxing dip before continuing on to your next destination. This inland “blue hole” is not to be confused with the offshore Great Blue Hole, also in Belize. The park has over 200 species of birds, including unusual tropical species such as the Slaty Antwren, Piratic Flycatcher and Red-legged Honeycreeper. Species considered local specialties are Tody Motmot and Northern Nightingale-Wren. The Ocelot, Jaguarundi, and Jaguar have all been recorded in Blue Hole National Park.
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We make our way to one of the best birding spot, starting with a drive, through the rolling hills of this wonderful community, enjoying the picturesque view of Spanish Lookout. The area consist of miles of developed open Savannah and farm Lands, used for Cattle grazing and agricultural products such as corn and red kidney beans. Driving for a few more minutes we then enter a sub-tropical forests Reserve. Having several different habitats in the area, it makes a perfect birding destination for Yellow rumpled warblers, white tailed kites, laughing falcon, fly- catchers and more. The Reserve covering some 284 acre of private land is just a 20min drive from the Mennonite community. Spotting different species of Birds, iguanas and the different hard wood Trees and their uses. Our naturalist guide will provide you with a brief knowledge of the area throughout the tour.
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Please let us know your dietary restrictions.
Contact us for pick up time (All tours will be a FULL-DAY TOUR)
What to bring:
- bug repellent
- tripod stand
- cameras with good focus