Join Naturalist Journeys on this new Belize nature tour. This unique tour explores both the higher and lower elevations of Southern Belize, spending time in the Maya Mountains before working our way down to seacoast mangrove estuaries along the Gulf of Honduras. This exciting combination of habitats offers the chance to see a greater number and diversity of species, while highlighting Belize's fascinating geography and beautiful scenery along the way.

An enchanting blend of Mayan ruins, exquisite coastline, and lush tropical forests (hosting jaguars, tapirs, and an astonishing array of tropical birds) lures visitors to Belize, Central America’s least populated country. The welcoming Belizean people speak English (often with Spanish and Mayan as second languages), have a strong tradition of caretaking their country’s natural heritage, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of the region’s biodiversity. Some of the very best wildlife and birding guides in Latin America live and work in Belize.

Our journey traverses several of Belize’s distinctive ecoregions, focusing on the submontane Caribbean pine habitat and waterfalls of the rugged Maya Mountains, as well as the lowland tropical pine and broad-leaved forests and open savannas of the Cayo and Toledo Districts (near the Caracol archaeological site, and the villages of Big Falls and Red Bank). We also spend a day visiting tropical riparian scrub, mangrove, and seagrass environments along the Monkey River north of Punta Gorda.

We stay four nights each at two outstanding eco-lodges, letting us settle in at our locations while reducing the number of hours spent on the road. The first property is situated in a remote private nature reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge area and boasts an extensive trail system; our other lodge is strategically located in far southern Belize, along a languid river and is home to a number of bird species not encountered further north. Both lodges offer professional and knowledgeable staff, excellent cuisine, refreshing pools, and charming, comfortable, and quiet accommodations.

Please join us for this in-depth exploration of a less-visited region of Southern Belize. Emphasis is on natural history, birding, forest ecology, Mayan heritage, and simple, relaxing fun.

See our other Belize birding tours here.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike the Caribbean pine forests of central and southern Belize, one of the most unique and threatened habitats in Central America
  • Bird at Central America’s highest waterfall
  • Interact with conservationists at Hidden Valley Inn, with the chance to observe seldom seen species like Orange-breasted Falcon and Solitary Eagle
  • Visit the impressive Mayan ruins at Caracol on a guided tour and bird the Vaca Plateau
  • Witness the remarkable hummingbird feeders and butterfly breeding program at Green Hills Ranch ... see the stunning Blue Morpho!
  • See Scarlet Macaw on an early morning field trip, one of the largest and most endangered parrots in Central America, and now all but extirpated in Belize due to poaching
  • Visit a working cacao plantation and sample locally made chocolate
  • Cruise along the Monkey River looking for Manatee, Neotropical River Otter, Howler Monkey, and the reclusive Agami Heron

Photo credits: Banner: Lesser Nighthawk by Peg Abbott; Keel-billed Toucan by Narca Moore-Craig; Belize Group, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Chestnut-colored Woodpecker by Sandy Sorkin; Great Curassow Pair by Sandy Sorkin; Black Howler Monkey by Peg Abbott; Jabiru by Barry Ulman; Black-collared Hawk by Barry Ulman; Laughing Falcon by Sandy Sorkin.