Diverse Culture & Food

All Levels of Birders Welcome

Over 200 species targeted

Be Enchanted with our week-long tour of Belize: 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!

Tour Highlights

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

Stay in lovely 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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Trip Details

Trip Details


$2850/person – double occupancy

Meeting point

Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize (BZE)


Usually offered during winter or early spring


Availability: January 22-29, 2025


8 days, 7 nights

Group size

8 or 9


  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Guides
  • Tips
  • Transportation

Not included

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 Arrival in Belize

Our meeting spot is in the connections lobby of the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Ladyville, Belize, preferably before 2:00 p.m. A driver will meet us there to take us to the Tropical Education Center (TEC), where we will stay for one night. The TEC is located next to the Belize Zoo, famous for its education programs and personalized care for native wildlife that can’t be released back into nature. We will get a guided night-time tour of the zoo so that we can see up-close the cats and other nocturnal animals that we likely won’t see during the week.

Day 2 Green Hills & Ajaw Chocolate

After enjoying some early morning birding and a delicious breakfast, our guide from Black Rock Lodge will pick us up. Our morning destination is the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, an amazing conservation operation with native butterflies, hummingbirds, and an educational tour. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to the town of San Ignacio for a chocolate-making demonstration at Ajaw Chocolate. Each person will get to taste cacao in its different forms and get the chance to grind the beans as well. We then travel to Black Rock Lodge (one of my favorite places in the world!) for dinner and three nights of enjoying the jungle.

Day 3 Enjoying Black Rock

Today is a day of relaxation and birding as we enjoy the grounds of Black Rock Lodge. Birding guide Isaias Morataya (check out his photos) will offer several bird walks for us throughout the day on this remote property. We should be able to find honeycreepers (Green Honeycreeper pictured above), aracaris, hawk-eagles, and other tropical birds. Nestled in a river valley between spectacular cliffs, Black Rock offers a variety of habitats and good raptor viewing, even from the dining area. Enjoy a freshwater pool, hike the trails, or get a massage during your free time. The best of Belize!

Day 4. Xunantunich Mayan Site

After a Belizean breakfast, Isaias will take us to the nearby Xunantunich Archaeological Site, an awe-inspiring Mayan site near the Guatemalan border, for a historical/birding tour. Bring your camera and your hiking shoes for a step back in time to when the Mayan civilization flourished. We might see warblers, woodpeckers, or a Lesson’s Motmot in the jungle surrounding the ruins. Following the tour we will dine at Benny’s Kitchen in the town of San Jose de Succotz near the site. The afternoon offers a chance to further explore the grounds of Black Rock Lodge.

Day 5. Travel to Bird’s Eye

On this day we depart Black Rock Lodge and head to Bird’s Eye View Lodge in the village of Crooked Tree. Along the way we will stop at other birding hotspots. After checking in at Bird’s Eye View, we will take a bird walk in the village and the nearby village, likely observing nearly 50 species (like the Vermilion Flycatcher above) in a short time with our guide at the lodge.

Day 6. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the highlights of any birding trip to Belize is the morning boat tour of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. This inland lagoon offers habitat to an amazing array of wetland birds and raptors, like the Black-collared Hawk or Snail Kite. This three-hour trip gives us up-close views of charismatic species like the Northern Jacana, Bare-throated Tiger-heron, and maybe a Fork-tailed Flycatcher. While there’s never a guarantee, we will try to find the Jabiru (pictured here – the largest stork in the western hemisphere) and the beautiful Agami Heron. After packing up and getting transported to the river landing, we will take a boat ride down the New River to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Here we will take an afternoon nature walk followed by the memorable nighttime spotlight safari!

Day 7  Lamanai

The Lamanai Archaeological Site is beautiful and birdy, with good chances of seeing Howler Monkeys (above) and trogons amid the diversity of wildlife. We’ll spend the morning touring this Mayan site. Bring your appetite, because the Lamanai lodge cooks like to serve big platters of delicious food! We celebrate the last full day in Belize with a sunset cocktail cruise, where we’ll exchange stories and look for a few more birds for our list.

Day 8. Departure

Time to pack for home! After breakfast, we’ll board the Lamanai boat that will start our 2+ hour journey back to the airport… the second half of the trip is by van. Be prepared for one last adventure as we speed by crocodiles, kingfishers, and egrets. Schedule your flight home for early to mid-afternoon. On your way home, you’ll likely be thinking… “when can I come back?!


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