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6 Day Incredible Guided Birding Tour in Belize for Family, Couples, and Solo Travelers

Mariposa Jungle Lodge, Rd, C.A, San Antonio, Belize

Adventurous Birding Tour Belize

Mariposa Jungle Lodge welcomes you to their beautiful family-run boutique resort in the heart of the Belize rainforest to experience birding tour like no other! Mariposa team is committed to providing you with personalized service, impeccable accommodations, a meal plan, and private tours to Belize's best birding spots, Maya archaeological sites, waterfalls, caves, villages, and rivers. With your transfers, meals and tours included, these adventure packages were designed so you get the most out of your Belize jungle experience.

Key information

  • Private and group safari possible
  • Group size: from 1 to 4 persons
  • Child policy: Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included except the departure fee for the Tikal tour at the border when crossing into Guatemala (22 USD paid directly to the customs)

Highlights

  • 4 days with birding tour activities
  • Chance to see over 400 known birds
  • Explore Mountain Pine Ridge, Blue Hole National Park, and Laguna Aguacate
  • Visit El Pilar - a Maya site offering some of the best flora and fauna in the area
  • Daily vegan meals, water, tea, and coffee
  • 5 nights jungle cabana accommodation
  • Relax at the eco-resort environment
  • Free airport transfers

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4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

Six private cabañas nestled under the jungle canopy have en-suite bathrooms with hot water, screened porches, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and more. After a day of adventures, return to your spacious jungle cabana designed for comfort, privacy, and jungle views. The 40-acre lodge is located in the heart of the Mayan jungle featuring nature trails, swimming pool, massage spa, yoga deck and personalized meals and drinks served by friendly staff.

King cabana (sleeps up to two persons)

This cabana is designed for couples and solo travelers with a plush king-size bed and cushioned sitting area.

Family cabana (sleeps up to four persons)

This family cabana is ideal for families and groups with your choice of a king and queen bed, or a queen and two twin beds.

Treehouse cabana (sleeps up to six persons)

This three-room, two-bathroom premium suite features a king bed, queen bed, and two twin beds, with the second and third semi-private bedrooms built around a tree-house deck.

All cabana amenities

  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Unlimited purified drinking water
  • Private screened porch with hammock and seating (note: Treehouse deck is not screened)
  • Comfortable custom beds
  • Quality cotton linens and towels
  • Choice of soft or firm hypoallergenic pillows
  • En suite bathroom with large tiled shower
  • Fully screened windows
  • Complimentary liquid body soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Hairdryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Umbrellas
  • Flashlights
  • In-room safe for valuables
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • Meet and greet service at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
  • Airport transfer to Mariposa Jungle Lodge in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Belize welcome drink on arrival
  • Dinner and overnight in a jungle cabana

Day 2: Mountain Pine Ridge birding tour

  • Breakfast
  • Early departure to the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

There, you have the opportunity to see yellow-faced Grassquits, Rufous-capped Warblers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Yellow-backed Orioles, and Golden-hooded Tanagers. Black-headed Siskins can often be seen flying in flocks. There is a strong possibility of seeing the orange-breasted falcons and king vultures by The 1,000 Foot Falls (Hidden Valley). People have

seen the Lovely Cotinga 8 out of 10 trips other birds include Ornate Hawk-Eagle Black and White Hawk Eagle and the Stygian Owl.

  • Dinner and overnight in a jungle cabana

Day 3: El Pilar

  • Breakfast
  • Early morning visit to El Pilar, a Maya site in Belize offering some of the best flora and fauna in the area

It is excellent for Belize birding, hiking, and provides an insight into Belize’s sub-tropical forests. You will make stops along the way to view birds such as the Collared Manakins and Honeycreepers, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Tody Motmots, Olive-backed Euphonias, Yellow Tyranulet, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, White-whiskered Puffbirds, White-necked Puff-birds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Stub-tailed Spadebill, a Number of Trogons an array of flycatchers, etc.

  • Dinner and overnight in a jungle cabana

Day 4: Laguna Aguacate

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Laguna Aguacate near the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout

You will encounter many different habitats on this trip, such as savannah, open farmland, and subtropical forest around the lake. In the open land and pastures, it is easy to find vermillion flycatchers, fork-tailed flycatchers, yellow-rumped warblers, Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kites, Laughing Falcons, Aplomado falcon. A number of herons, Teals and sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts, Jabiru stork, An array of woodcreepers such as the northern barred, Strong-billed, Ivory-billed, You can easily see the Gartered Trogon, Black-headed Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, and the occasional Collared Trogon. White-whiskered and the White-necked Puffbirds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Chestnut-collared woodpecker, Plain Xenops and much more.

  • Dinner and overnight in a jungle cabana

Day 5: Inland Blue Hole National Park

  • Breakfast
  • Depart in the morning for a stop at the Blue Hole National Park

The Blue Hole has a number of trails to hike within the park. Some of the unusual birds known to this area include White Hawks, Spotted-Wood Quails, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotingas, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers, and Slaty-tailed Trogons, Cinnamon and Rose-throated Becards just to name a few.

  • Dinner and overnight in a jungle cabana

Day 6: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Belize's Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)

Guided birding in Belize

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Explore on your own using the nature trails and birdwatch tower or employ one of the guides to take you to different Cayo ecosystems and nesting environments. Guided bird watching tours, onsite or nearby, are available by appointment and tailored to your interests.

There are over 400 known bird species in the immediate geographical area that ranges from the broadleaf forest and open agricultural land to the nearby Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. Enjoy a wide range of those species right there on the 40-acre Mariposa property.

Each morning, an avian symphony precludes the need for an alarm clock and provides excellent birding opportunities. The sweet cooing of Mourning Doves, the noisy squawking of Green Parrots, the gentle song of the Trogon.

Sparkling Yellow Kiskadees and the magical Hummingbirds visit the office staff daily and perch right outside the windows. But nothing excites guests more than the easily-identifiable Keel-Billed Toucans with their extraordinary, disproportionate beaks and frog-like grunts.

Mariposa Birdwatch Tower

A favorite spot for bird lovers is the jungle birdwatch tower, located a short hike from the lodge. There, you climb stairs to a 16-square-foot deck about 20 feet off the ground, where you can comfortably enjoy a 360-degree view of an area brimming with different trees, plants, nests, and birdlife.

Additional notes

  • All tours are private to the lodge guests only. They can combine in small groups but only with guests at the resort.
  • The only tour that can be combined with others that are not staying at the Mariposa is the ATM Cave.

Location

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is located near the village of San Antonio in the Cayo District of Western Belize. We have easy access to a variety of ruins, caves, cultural sights, and jungle and river adventures.

Distances

  • San Ignacio airstrip at Maya Flats - 45 minutes
  • Belize City - 1.5 hours
  • Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) - 2 hours

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Zip lining

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Food

Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a space of health; enhancing our service and products by serving farm-to-table, healthy plant-based meals for you and your family. The non-smoking, non-alcoholic resort, offering you the opportunity to reconnect deeper to yourself in a clean environment.

The remote jungle location means most guests choose to dine at the restaurant. Let Mariposa Jungle Lodge spoil you with fine-quality meals featuring Belizean and Mayan favorites made from the best local ingredients.

You will receive a food preference questionnaire prior to their visit so the chef can customize meals to suit tastes and dietary issues. The menu reflects the lodge's vegan specialties. The lodge will gladly accommodate gluten-sensitive and other food allergies.

All packages include meals, from dinner on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure. Full-day tours include a delicious picnic lunch made by the kitchen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Pool

Fed by a beautiful slate waterfall, the pool features built-in stools and ledges for ultimate relaxation. Let the staff bring you snacks and beverages either poolside or in one of the hammocks under the cohune palms to complete your day of leisure.

Spa

Feel your stress and sore muscles melt away under the well-trained hands of our massage therapist. Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages are available in a tranquil space with private en-suite bathroom for your comfort.

Hiking and nature trails

There are several nature trails around the property with many Belizean trees and medicinal plants identified along the way. The property is naturally blessed with a generous collection of Black Orchids, the national flower of Belize, and guests may tour the orchid garden to learn more about these exquisite miniature flowers.

Gift shop and library

Inside the main lodge, near the restaurant and bar, is where you’ll find the gift shop and cozy air-conditioned library with a collection of reading materials, table games and puzzles, and travel memorabilia. The gift shop showcases arts and crafts from local Belizeans, including exquisite woodcarvings, original paintings, slate carvings, and traditional Maya baskets, weavings, and jewelry

Full-day adventures

  • Caracol Ruins, Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, and Big Rock Falls: One of the best tours in Cayo, offering a magnificent Maya ruin, an awesome cave, river pools and falls for swimming, all while traveling through two entirely different ecosystems.
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave): Popularly known as “ATM,” this is a rare opportunity to visit a living museum where human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context. National Geographic designated the ATM site #1 of the “Top Ten Sacred Places of a Lifetime” in 2014.
  • Tikal Ruins in Guatemala: Located across the border, Tikal is considered the greatest Maya city and the most visually sensational archaeological excavation in Central America.
  • River tubing or canoeing plus iguanas, botanic gardens, or Maya chocolate: Take a journey on a jungle river, then choose a visit to the iguana sanctuary, botanic gardens, or Maya chocolate demo.
  • Jungle pontoon river cruise: Float in a tube, swim in a waterfall, watch the wildlife, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a wonder-filled day on the Macal River with your private pontoon boat and guide.
  • Crystal cave: Ideal for the more extreme adventurer, hike through the jungle and then descend by a rope in the hands of an experienced guide to explore this spectacular cave system.
  • Black hole drop: Not for the faint of heart! Rappel over 300 feet and discover an underground jungle.

Half-day adventures

  • Barton creek cave by canoe: Be awed by the beauty of an immense cave from a leisurely canoe trip.
  • Zip-line tour: Fly through the jungle canopy on your choice of three different zipline tours or awesome jungle swing.
  • Howler Monkey Sanctuary: The Community Baboon Sanctuary is an innovative project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey (called ‘baboon’ in the local Creole dialect) while promoting the economic development of the participating communities.
  • Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center: Exhibits over 175 animals, representing over 45 native species. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
  • Cave tubing: Enjoy floating down a river through a series of Maya ceremonial caves.
  • St. Herman's Cave and Inland Blue Hole: Swim in turquoise waters, explore a cave and spot birds in one of Belize’s national parks.
  • Guided hiking: The beautiful subtropical rainforest surrounding Mariposa offers a range of hiking opportunities, from easy to challenging.
  • Blue Hole Flyover: The best way to see the famous Blue Hole is from the air.
  • Secrets of Cayo: Discover hidden treasures in the jungle with secret hikes to waterfalls, swimming holes, Howler Monkey abodes, or Maya caves.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Belize's Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
  • All meals according to the itinerary
  • All park fees and equipment needed for each tour
  • Birding tours

What's not included

  • Personal expenses
  • The departure fee for the Tikal tour at the border when crossing into Guatemala (22 USD paid directly to the customs)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Mariposa Jungle Lodge will pick you up from the airport.

Driving directions

For those of you choosing the adventure of driving in Belize, these are the directions to get to the location. Please print off these maps and instructions as cell phone coverage in Belize can be spotty (and expensive!) and you should not rely on web-based maps for directions. Please note: speed bumps on the highway are designed for 10 miles per hour and are not always marked. Be alert.

  • Leaving the airport, you will see a junction in front of you.
  • Turn left towards Burrell Boom.
  • Turn left there up the Northern Highway away from Belize City and continue until you reach a sign to the left for Burrell Boom.
  • Turn left and continue until you reach a traffic circle where you bear right toward Belmopan.
  • After you pass the Belize Zoo, you will see a sign indicating a left turn to Belmopan and Dangriga. Ignore this.
  • Continue straight past Guanacaste Park (on your right) and over a small bridge to the village of Roaring Creek.
  • Then you’ll pass through a series of villages, including Unitedville, Blackman Eddy, and eventually Georgeville, where you’ll see a large overhead sign directing you to turn left toward to Mt. Pine Ridge and Caracol.
  • On the driver side, you’ll see a group of resort signs, including one for Mariposa Jungle Lodge.
  • So, you turn left and follow the Georgeville Road for approximately nine miles, passing a turnoff on the left to El Progresso/7 Miles and the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch on the right.
  • Soon you will reach a junction where you should turn right.
  • Landmarks: a local store called “The Malfunction Junction” and a sign to Mariposa Jungle Lodge on the corner across the road. Watch for the driveway on the left, approximately 200 feet from the corner. Pull into the second driveway, on the far side of the road sign.
  • If you miss the Georgeville Road turnoff, you will have another opportunity in Santa Elena, about five miles further along the Western Highway.
  • Again, you’ll see an overhead sign to the Mountain Pine Ridge, as well as numerous signs on the driver’s side for various resorts and tourist destinations.
  • Veer left and drive up the hill along this road, passing through the villages of Cristo Rey and San Antonio.
  • Bear left in San Antonio Village when you see the road coming to an end. Mariposa Jungle Lodge is three miles from the Village on the right.
  • If you reach the junction to the Mt. Pine Ridge and Caracol, you’ve missed the driveway by 200 feet.
Airport: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport Airport transfer included: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Children are welcome on this tour. The prices for children are as follow:

  • Children aged 0 to 2 years old: 220 USD per child
  • Children aged 3 to 5 years old: 380 USD per child
  • Children aged 6 to 12 years old: 1,025 USD per child

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