Slaty-tailed Trogon

Belize & Tikal Birding Expedition

9 Days Package

Tour Dates

All Year Round

Departure

Bze. Intl. Airport

Return

Bze. Intl. Airport

Tour Type

Private

Belize & Tikal Birding Expedition

Birding expedition that will take you through fantastic tropical destinations, such as Lamanai Reserve, Hidden Valley & Mountain, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Caracol Archaeological Reserve, Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and Tikal in Guatemala.

Besides the tropical bird species, you will discover local cuisine, culture, and Maya history. In addition, you will visit unique archaeological sites declared as World Heritage Destinations by UNESCO.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Start Of Your Belize Birding Expedition

Our representative will meet you at the Philip Goldson International Airport and transfer to Bird’s Eye View Lodge.

Arrival and  check-in, then birdwatching walk near the lodge.

Dinner and lodging at t Bird’s Eye View Lodge.

Day 2: Crooked Tree / Lamanai

Wake up to an early start as you prepare for a sunrise lagoon boat tour at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a world-class birding destination.

The Boat Trip is probably the most exciting activity within the refuge.

A remarkable birding activity through different waterways of the reserve which offers the opportunity to discover bird species including Agami Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Yucatan Jays, Boat-billed Heron, Black-collared Hawk, Snail Kites, and the Jabiru Stork, among others

Late breakfast.

Midday transfer to Lamanai Outpost Lodge for lodging

Afternoon: birdwatching around the lodge

Dinner and lodging at Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Day 3: Lamanai

Following breakfast time, you are going to take a look at the mystical jungle-shrouded temples of this once powerful 3000-year-old civilization, the Lamanai Ruins.

Then, watch various birds while you walk in the Mayan City.

Lamanai is among the main Mayan ceremonial centers, located on the banks of the New River lagoon.

This archaeological site is flanked by an exotic forest inhabited by many bird species, Yucatan black howler and spider monkeys.

Birds in Lamanai

In addition to the arcaheological value, Lamanai is well-known birding heaven with plenty of bird species, such as  Black-faced Ant-thrush, Northern Bentbills, White-breasted,Gray-collared becards.

Also  Royal and Sepia-caped Flycatchers, Black-throated Shrikes, and Spot-breasted Wood Wrens, White-crowned Parrots, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracaris, Plain Xenops, and Stub-tailed Spadebills, among others.

Lunch and afternoon birdwatching tour at Lamanai trails

Dinner and lodging at Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Night excursion

Day 4: Hidden Valley

Early tour at Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Breakfast and transfer to Hidden Valley; you will visit Green Hills Butterfly Ranch & Botanical Collection on the route.

During our Green Hills Butterfly Ranch stop, the hummingbirds will take center stage.

Bird feeders near the caterpillar building attract many hummingbirds; a minimum of 15 species have been documented, of which 11 can be observed.

It is common to find six species in one stop at Green Hills Ranch.

Birds of Green Hills Ranch

Some of the hummingbirds that we can spot at the reserve are the White-necked Jacobin, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Long-billed Hermit, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Violet Sabrewing, and  White-bellied Emerald.

This fantastic destination also offers a magnificent photo opportunity.

Check-in and afternoon nature walk around the lodge

Dinner and lodging at Hidden Valley Inn

Day 5: Hidden Valley

Early coffee while enjoying the birds at the bird feeder, Green Jay,  Brown Jay, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Gray-headed Pigeon, and Clay-colored Thrush.

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Mountains of Western Belize, searching for the Solitary Eagle, Orange Breasted Falcon, King Vultures, Stygian Owl, among others.

Lunch and afternoon tour:

through the lodge’s different trails, birding at the pine forest, and scrub areas searching for species such as  Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat,Black-headed Saltator, Rufous-capped Warbler Yellow-bellied Elaenia, and Yellow-faced Grassquit.

Exploring the forest, we can observe neotropical species, such as the slaty-tailed trogon, collared trogon, black-headed trogon, ivory-billed nuthatch, tawny-winged nuthatch, pale-vented pigeon, scaled pigeon, to mention a few.

Dinner at the Hidden Valley Inn. We will then have time for a nocturnal adventure in search of Stygian Owls and other nocturnal species.

Lodging in  Hidden Valley Inn

Day 6: Caracol Archaeological Site

Today you will head to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, searching for species like Black-faced Antthrush, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, keel-billed Motmot, Lineated, and Pale-billed Woodpeckers.

At the same time, you will explore Caracol archaeological site.

Bird watching throughout the journey is excellent; some of the species we were able to observe along the way include raptors and toucans once we got closer to the lowland forest.

Lodging at Hidden Valley

Day 7: Tikal National Park

Breakfast at Hidden Valley, then you will be transferred to the Tikal Park. The route offers excellent opportunities for bird watching.

You will have the possibility to stop to observe birds in the savannas, ponds and broadleaf forests along the way.

Birding break at  “El Remate,” a place connected to lake Peten Itza.

This is another excellent area where it can spot some Kingfishers, Snail Kites, and herons.

Check-in at the lodge and for lunch

Sunset Tour at Tikal National Park.

We will explore the different trails inside the park, looking for bird species such as Rose-throated Tanager, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Orange-breasted Falcon, Ocellated Turkey, Ruddy Crake, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Blue Bunting, Black-cowled Oriole, Russet-naped Wood-Rail, and Montezuma Oropendola, among others.

Lodging at Tikal

Day 8: Tikal National Park

Early bird watching walk inside the Tikal National Park.

Tikal belongs to the core areas of the Mayan Biosphere, with a high level of conservation and research actions.

The ancient monuments located in the center of leafy jungles are perfect places for bird watching in which we will discover interesting species.

Birds of Tikal

Orange-breasted falcon, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Ocellated turkey, White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Parrot, Crested Eagle, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Rose-throated Tanager, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Great Curassow, Keel-billed Toucan, Montezuma Oropendola, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, and White-bellied Wren, among others.

During neotropical migratory season, flocks of tanagers,warblers, and others make this destination a fantastic tropical paradise.

You will return for lunch later in the afternoon; You will continue visiting different areas of the park, in search of more species.

Lodging at Tikal.

Day 9: Back Home

Early Transfer to Mundo Maya Airport to take a short flight to Bze. International Airport

End of your Belize birding expedition

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