Day 1: Arrival – La Milpa Ecolodge & Research Center
Meet & greet at Belize international Airport and depart to Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area. A night walk to see owls will be available for those interested. Lodging at La Milpa Ecolodge.
Day 2: La Milpa Ecolodge & Research Center
Birding at La Milpa Archaeological Site, a top location in Belize to find the rare crested eagle and other large raptors. Spider monkeys play in the canopy and are a favorite meal for crested eagles. Lodging at La Milpa Ecolodge.
Day 3: Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area
Birding around Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area for species such as crane hawk, great curassow and the brightly colored ocellated turkey. Lodging at La Milpa Ecolodge.
Day 4: Crooked Tree
Birding around blue creek rice fields for several migrant waders and ducks. After lunch departure to Crooked Tree where you stay at Bird’s Eye View Lodge.
Day 5: Crooked Tree
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary tour on a boat in search of the jabiru stork, snail kites, black-collared hawk and dozens of ducks, egrets, herons, and waders. Lodging at Bird’s Eye View Lodge.
Day 6: Crooked Tree – Caye Caulker
Sunrise birding on the western lagoon and the edge of Crooked Tree village in search of typical savannah species such as the Yucatan jay and yellow-headed parrot. After lunch, we depart to Belize city and continue by collective boat to Caye Caulker.
Day 7: Caye Caulker
Birding around Caye Caulker forest reserve for species such as clapper rail and rufous-necked wood rail and common black hawk. Along the beachfront, we might find godwits and brown boobies, as well as waders skimming through for small crustaceans.
Day 8: Caye Caulker - Hidden Valley Inn
Departure from Caye Caulker in a collective boat to Belize city and head to Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve with a stop at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to see hummingbirds as well as hook-billed kites and gray-headed kites which have regularly been spotted at this spot too.
Day 9: Hidden Valley Inn
Birding around Hidden Valley Private Reserve for rare raptors such as the orange-breasted falcon, king vulture, solitary eagle, stygian owl and aplomado falcon. In the afternoon we head to Rio Frio cave for encounters with blue-crowned motmot, orange-billed sparrow and golden-crowned warblers. Montezuma oropendolas, rusty sparrow and plumbeous kites can frequently be seen along the way as well.
Day 10: Back Home
Breakfast and transfer to Belize International Airport with a stop at the Belize Zoo on the way.