We had a very friendly group of 12 to Belize (which is the maximum number on David’s tours). It’s the perfect size. The trip was well-paced, we saw a variety of sites and birds, but it was not rushed. This is a great first trip to Belize–also wonderful if you’re a nature lover, but not necessarily a professional birder.
Diverse Culture & Food
All Levels of Birders Welcome
Over 200 species targeted
Be Enchanted with our Multi-day Belize Culture Tour: Birding, Culture, and Culinary Delights Await!
Discover the enchanting allure of Belize on this 7-night adventure, where we combine birdwatching, comfortable lodging, cultural experiences, and delectable cuisine to create an unforgettable journey. The English-speaking Central America country of Belize is home to over 600 bird species, and we aim to see around 200 on this trip making it a birdwatching bonanza! Your adventure not only includes exciting birding expeditions across diverse habitats but also visits to significant historical and cultural sites. Birding highlights include spotting fascinating birds such as the striking Keel-billed Toucan and the Red-legged Honeycreeper right by the stunning Black Rock Lodge to possible sightings of the Boat-billed Heron and the majestic Black-collared Hawk at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
We’ll be spending a couple of nights at the Lamanai Mayan Site and embark on a thrilling River Spotlight Safari in search of nocturnal wildlife—truly an unforgettable experience! There’s chocolate-making demonstrations, fun boat trips, and interactions with the warm Belizean people from Mayan, Creole, and Mestizo backgrounds. Our aim is to provide an all-encompassing birding and cultural experience so be prepared to be captivated by the vibrant spirit of Belize!
See toucans, trogons, puffbirds, hummingbirds, parrots and more tropical birds - a great introduction to birding in the tropics!
Do a mix of cultural activities: from visiting Mayan ruins to learning how chocolate is made
Visit a butterfly farm and see an array of butterfly species and hummingbirds too
Go on a spotlight safari and see the nocturnal wildlife of Belize
Cruise the waterways of Belize in comfortable boats
Enjoy your comfortable accommodation in great ecolodges in a variety of tropical settings
Meet the people! We can’t wait for you to meet the guides and warm staff at our destinations
Taste Belizean food - it is hard to beat!
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$2800/person – double occupancy
Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize (BZE)
Usually offered during winter or early spring
December 9-16, 2023
Sold Out – Waitlist Only
8 days, 7 nights
6-10, but usually 8
Flights to and from Belize, alcoholic beverages and extra drinks, laundry service, souvenirs and trip insurance.
What to bring
A packing list will be provided after registration.
This tour will move at a relaxed pace. However, the ability to climb stairs and navigate uneven terrain is a necessity.
About your guide
David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding, will lead this trip. David has over 25 years of birding experience and loves to share his joy for birding.
What You'll See & Do
Our bird list for the week should be near 200 species, but our focus won’t be on birds alone! We’ll connect with the friendly Belizean people that come from Mayan, Creole, and Mestizo cultures. We’ll celebrate the food, history, and nature that will make you want to come back time and time again! We hope you will join us. Below is what you can expect from your adventure in Belize:
Day 1. Airport to Black Orchid Resort – Welcome to Belize (night at Black Orchid Resort)
The first night includes accommodations at the Black Orchid Resort near the airport, where we can relax after a big day of travel. This will be a good chance to get to know the other birders you’ll be spending time with over the next week and talk about what to expect from our trip in Belize.
Day 2. Belize Zoo & Chocolate-Making Demonstration (first night at Black Rock Lodge)
Our first full day will include a guided visit to the Belize Zoo to see the great diversity of wildlife found in Belize. Expect to see a huge variety of mammals, reptiles and birds too, of course. Afterwards, we’ll head to a chocolate-making demonstration in San Ignacio before we head to our next accommodation – Black Rock Lodge – where we can refuel, exchange our highlights of the day and get some rest ahead of the next exciting few days.
Days 3 and 4. Xunantunich Mayan Site & Green Hills Butterfly Ranch & Much More (2 more nights at Black Rock Lodge)
Day 3 starts after breakfast with guide Isaias Morataya sharing his enthusiasm for Belize’s birds (like the Keel-billed Toucan or the Red-legged Honeycreeper) with us. Among the variety of tours offered from Black Rock over these days will be a visit to the Xunantunich Mayan Site and a meal in a local restaurant. We will stop at the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to enjoy the butterflies and hummingbirds.
Day 5. Birds Eye View Lodge & Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
We’ll start day 5 by taking an early morning boat ride to our next accommodation – Birds Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a “must-see” on any birding trip to Belize. The early morning boat ride here could give us a view of the peculiar Boat-billed Heron or the stately Black-collared Hawk too!
Days 6 & 7. Lamanai Outpost Lodge
The last 2 nights will be spent at the Lamanai Outpost Lodge. The food is fantastic and so are the guides! Here we’ll be visiting the Lamanai Mayan Site and then on one of the nights we will take the River Spotlight Safari in search of wildlife, it is truly a night adventure you won’t likely forget!
Day 8. Goodbyes & to the Airport
All great things must come to an end, so it is time to head back to the airport and bid farewell to your newfound birding buddies. You’ll be compensated with a bank of happy memories, amazing birding shots and cultural learnings from your week in Belize, and a desire to do another one of our amazing birding trips!
See How Previous Guests Sang Our Praises
What a fantastic trip this was! I’m a nature lover but not a birder, and this tour had the right amount of everything for me. We birded most days, to the point where I actually learned and remembered some of the birds, but also learned about butterflies, plants, trees, mammals and reptiles on our walks.
David, as a guide, makes everyday a favorite day! His Belize trips are so well-planned. It was a perfect mix of habitats, birding, incredible eco-lodging, wonderful food, fun side trips to experience Cacao production, caves, Mayan Ruins, night boat “hunts” for wildlife sightings, and time to rest if necessary!