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Belize and Tikal Birdwatching

9 days / 8 nights

Package Overview

This is an exciting journey focused solely on exploring the region's rare and magnificent bird species. Visit The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Mountain Pine Ridge, and the region's various archeological sites. Don't forget the binoculuars and camera!

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3275.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Afternoon arrival to Phillip Goldson International Airport where we continue on to The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. On the way we look for Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures among the open savanahs, very similar to Turkey Vultures. Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-ducks are often found in the huge flocks of Blue-winged Teal which winter in the area.

Day 2

The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a superb area of marshes, lagoons, pine, and hardwood forests. It has an extensive complex of shallow lagoon streams, rivers and marshes, linked to Belize River via Black Creek and Mexico Creek. The aquatic and riverine habitats are a highlight of our visit; we could encounter Tiger-Herons, Agami and Boat-billed Herons, Snail Kite, Black-collared Hawk, Great and Common Black-Hawks, Muscovy Duck, Sungrebe, and American Pygmy Kingfisher. There are nesting Jabirus on Western Lagoon, which we will make a special effort to locate.

Our night-time Spotlight River Safari should turn up Potoos and pauraques as well as lots of other interesting wildlife including Crocodiles, Turtles and fish-eating bats. During our stay, we visit the Pine Savanna, with its strong Yucatán assortment of birds: Yucatán Woodpecker, Yucatan Parrot, Yucatán Flycatcher and Yucatán Jay. Aplomado Falcons cruise the grasslands and Grace’s Warblers grace the pines. The short tropical and second-growth forest support Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Squirrel Cuckoos, Gray Hawks, Laughing Falcons, and an array of orioles, saltators, flycatchers and seedeaters.

Day 3

The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a superb area of marshes, lagoons, pine, and hardwood forests. It has an extensive complex of shallow lagoon streams, rivers and marshes, linked to Belize River via Black Creek and Mexico Creek. The aquatic and riverine habitats are a highlight of our visit; we could encounter Tiger-Herons, Agami and Boat-billed Herons, Snail Kite, Black-collared Hawk, Great and Common Black-Hawks, Muscovy Duck, Sungrebe, and American Pygmy Kingfisher. There are nesting Jabirus on Western Lagoon, which we will make a special effort to locate.

Our night-time Spotlight River Safari should turn up Potoos and pauraques as well as lots of other interesting wildlife including Crocodiles, Turtles and fish-eating bats. During our stay, we visit the Pine Savanna, with its strong Yucatán assortment of birds: Yucatán Woodpecker, Yucatan Parrot, Yucatán Flycatcher and Yucatán Jay. Aplomado Falcons cruise the grasslands and Grace’s Warblers grace the pines. The short tropical and second-growth forest support Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Squirrel Cuckoos, Gray Hawks, Laughing Falcons, and an array of orioles, saltators, flycatchers and seedeaters.

Day 4

We explore the pine forests, broadleaf stream valleys and cliffs of this wonderful area. In the pine forests around the lodge we look for mixed flocks containing Grace’s Warbler amongst the northern migrants and, with luck, we may even find a roosting Stygian Owl or Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

The broadleaf gullies are home to Little Hermits and Blue-crowned Motmots, and on past tours we’ve found Tody Motmots and White-throated Spadebills there. In addition, the gardens of the lodge are frequented by Acorn and Golden-olive Woodpeckers, Rusty Sparrows, Azure-crowned Hummingbirds, Black-headed Saltators, and Yellow-tailed and Yellow-backed Orioles. We take excursions to the nearby Thousand Foot Falls (the highest waterfall in Central America), where we search for the rare Orange-breasted Falcon, and then to King Vulture Falls, where we will hopefully see the vultures that gave it its name.

Day 5

An early start the next morning will allow us to reach the forests and ruins at Caracol where we will search in particular for the rare Keel-billed Motmot amongst the ruins. The foothill forests here support a diverse array of birds, from Crested Guans to Black-crested Coquettes, and we should have a great day exploring this beautiful area.

Day 6

Before breakfast we investigate once again the areas around the lodge, looking for mixed species flocks. We then drive to the international border and, after crossing into Guatemala, we will bird some of the roadside marshes and lakes. In the mid-late afternoon we should arrive at Tikal National Park, an internationally renowned site for both its magnificent Mayan ruins and its incredible wealth of wildlife. We will have some time to do a little birding around the lodge, where we should see Ocellated Turkeys feeding close to our lodge at dusk.

Day 7

There are few more exhilarating experiences than walking among the fabulous Mayan ruins at Tikal and watching a wealth of wildlife. The view atop Temple VI is amazing as one looks in all directions over the top of unbroken tropical forest and observes several raptors circling over the canopy. The list of potential raptors is so impressive that it even includes The Crested Eagle! Ocellated Turkeys and Great Curassows stroll through the clearings. Motmots and puffbirds perch quietly along forested trails and Thrush-like Manakins (Schiffornis) whistle melodiously from the undergrowth. Mixed-species flocks containing an interesting mixture of tanagers (led by Black-throated Shrike-Tanagers), warblers and flycatchers move through the canopy, while woodcreepers, ant-tanagers, and antbirds follow army ant swarms. Our time at Tikal will be full and exciting.

Day 8

Late morning departure from the Tikal National Park enroute back to Belize. On the way we stop at the Yaxha Archaeological Site with its impressive lake and temples. Being in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Yaxha boasts an abundance of wildlife and hundreds of bird life.

Day 9

Late morning departure from the Tikal National Park enroute back to Belize. On the way we stop at the Yaxha Archaeological Site with its impressive lake and temples. Being in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Yaxha boasts an abundance of wildlife and hundreds of bird life.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours and described in itinerary
  • Meals as described in itinerary

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Domestic air
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Airport Taxes
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

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General Information

  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Government: Constitutional democratic repu
  • Currency: quetzal (GTQ), US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 108,890 km2, water: 460 km2, land: 108,430 km2
  • Population: 12,293,545 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs and Atheist.
  • Electricity: 115-230V/60Hz (USA plug)
  • Calling Code: +502
  • Time Zone: UTC-6

Points of Interest

  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mountain Pine Ridge
  • Tikal National Park