Belize: Tropical Birds Tour
January 19, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - January 27, 2024 @ 10:00 pm EST
Join Indiana Audubon, in partnership with IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, for some great birding adventure as we discover the bird and cultural diversity in the Yucatan Peninsula as we explore Belize. Belize is an emerging destination for North American birders because of its proximity to the U.S., diverse cultures, food, and nearly 600 species of birds in an area the size of New Jersey. It also helps that Belize is an English-speaking country with the friendliest and most genuine people you will ever meet.
While there will be some bumpy gravel roads to travel in this developing country, you will have the chance to relax each evening in beautiful settings with very comfortable accommodations. The tour is designed to maximize the bird list by visiting a wide range of habitats, with special attention put on finding tropical favorites like toucans, trogons, manakins, and more.
As part of Indiana Audubon’s commitment to conservation in areas we visit, a portion of the trip fees will be donated towards the Belize Audubon Society, as the longest standing conservation organization in Belize.
Trip Leaders: Sam Warren is the education and outreach manager for Indiana Audubon. Sam is a familiar staple if you’ve ever joined an IAS virtual workshop. David Rupp is the owner and guide for IndiGo Birding Nature Tours based in Bloomington and has organized the tour for IAS. David fell in love with Belize on his first visit in 2018 and has led numerous tours since then to Belize. He is an Indiana Audubon member and past president of Sassafras Audubon Society.
Day 1. January 19th. Afternoon arrival in Belize City.
Day 2. January 20th. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 3. January 21st. Shrimp farm and Black Rock Road.
Day 4. January 22nd. Black Rock and Macal River.
Day 5. January 23rd. Mountain Pine Ridge and Caracol Mayan Site.
Day 6. January 24th. Spanish Lookout and Bocawina.
Day 7. January 25th. Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve
Day 8. January 26th. Red Bank for Scarlet Macaws; Hopkins coastal wetlands.
Day 9. January 27th. Return flight to U.S.
— You can view a detailed itinerary here. Please note this is subject to change based on weather, birds, etc.
Included with the Tour:
- IAS member and IndiGo Birding Nature Tours guide David Rupp coordinating trip logistics before and during the tour.
- Local birding guides throughout Belize.
- Transportation with fuel included throughout the trip.
- All lodging for 9 days, 8 nights.
- All meals starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on day 9.
- All entrance fees to reserves and national parks, including Crooked Tree boat tour.
- Standard lunch and dinner tips for restaurant wait staff.
Not included with the Tour:
- International flights to and from Belize.
- Tips for hotel staff, bird guides and driver, are not included.
- Medical expenses, prescription drugs and other items of personal use.
- Additional services offered in hotels (Spa, massage, etc.)
- Alcoholic beverages and anything else not listed on the menus of restaurants.
- Health and/or trip insurance
- Laundry service
- Any other expense or extra tour not listed as included above
Trip limit is 10 participants max. Prices are based on double occupancy.
$3,190 per person IAS Member. $3,290 per person non-IAS Member.
Single Supplement: $400
$200 deposit required via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.
$75 surcharge for credit card payments on remainder of trip payment.
Cover Photo: Jabiru by David Rupp