10 days visiting 4 of the best birding destinations in Belize, visit La Milpa Forest Station where inhabit approximately 390 Species of birds, 75 percent are endemic of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Caye Caulker, and Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve, within the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.
- Day 1: Arrival – La Milpa Ecolodge
- Day 2: La Milpa Ecolodge
- Day 3: La Milpa Ecolodge
- Day 4: Crooked Tree
- Day 5: Crooked Tree
- Day 6: Caye Caulker
- Day 7: Caye Caulker
- Day 8: Hidden Valley Inn
- Day 9: Hidden Valley Inn
- Day 10: Transfer to the airport with a stop at Belize Zoo
La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center
Is a rustic lodge nestled within a 260,000-acre research area known as Rio Bravo Conservation Area. It is home to approximately 390 Species of birds, 75 percent which are endemic to Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. This dense broadleaf forest located in North Western Belize is one of the prime birding hotspots in Belize for species such as the Gray-throated Chat and Rose-throated Tanager. Exploring the many trails at La Milpa can reward you with birds such as Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Poorwill, Lovely Cotinga, Crested Guan, Great Curassow and Barred Forest falcon to name a few.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary:
This area has international importance for migratory birds, as they flock to the lagoons during the wet-season and food is difficult to find in other areas. It is also important for non-migratory birds, and a variety of species can be seen here. In 1998, this area was listed as Belize’s first Ramsar site. This location offers excellent birdwatching opportunities both on land and on the water, in its tributaries. Seek out the Bare-throated Tiger, Sangrebe, Jabiru, Wood-storks, Black-collared Hawk, and the American Pygmy Kingfisher. In the pine and hardwood forest habitats, seek out the endangered Yellow-headed Parrot among other migratory and resident breeds.
Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker:
Coastal development threatens the littoral forest of this habitat, which houses the Near-threatened species of the White-crowned Pigeon and the Black Catbird. This area boasts large mangrove habitats that are home to the Rufous-necked Wood-rail, and also host to migrant birds such as thrushes, orioles, tanagers, and warblers.
Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve
Is a small intimate lodge hidden within the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve on a 7,200-acre private protected area. This unique ecosystem of up-land pine ridge savannah, deep ravines and tropical broadleaf forest is home to rare raptors such as the Orange Breasted Falcon, Stygian Owl, Black & White Hawk Eagle, King Vultures. Other species commonly seen are: Azure Crowned Hummingbird, Orange Billed Sparrow, Rufus Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Green Jay and Acorn Woodpeckers to name a few.