With some 618 recorded species of resident and migrant birds identified throughout the country, and a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats, Belize abounds with great bird-watching sites. Even amateur bird-watchers should have little trouble checking off upwards of 100 species in a week's worth of watching.Lodges with the best bird-watching include Chan Chich Lodge near Gallon Jug; Lamanai Outpost Lodge on the New River Lagoon; Chaa Creek; duPlooy’s or any of the nature lodges outside of San Ignacio; Hidden Valley Inn or any of the lodges in the Mountain Pine Ridge area; Rock Farm at Belize Bird Rescue outside of Belmopan; and Copal Tree Lodge , Hickatee Cottages, and The Lodge at Big Falls, all in the Toledo District.
Bird-watchers staying on Ambergris Caye should certainly head to the Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Preserve.
Birding in Belize (Paradise Expeditions) (www.birdinginbelize.com; tel. 610-5593) is the go-to choice for anyone wanting focus their adventure on Belize’s beautiful birds. Based in country, this organization’s guides have experience in leading tours as well as advanced avian knowledge. The 8-day tour goes through some of the best birding spots in the country, and costs US$2,195 for double occupancy, not including airfare.
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (www.ventbird.com; tel. 800/328-8368 or 512/328-5221 in the U.S. and Canada) is a very well-respected small-group tour operator specializing in bird-watching trips, and a pioneer of the genre in Belize. These tours focus primarily on the area around Chan Chich Lodge and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, two of the country’s prime bird-watching destinations, though some of their other tour options touch down around Lamanai and the Mountain Pine Ridge region.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.