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Belize Natural History Tours Cayo District

BELIZE - CAYO NATURAL HISTORY TOURS

You are in the middle of the rain forest, staring at the upper canopy, observing strangler vines overcome unwilling hosts, bromeliads and other epiphytes weigh down the trunks and branches of trees. You stop and listen to the distant call of tropical birds, and the noisy chatter of a flock of parrots nearby; the forest is seldomly a quiet place. Come, explore our rich natural history, through our Natural History Discovery Tours, let us put you in the middle of our tropical rain forest.

BELIZE ZOO

The Belize Zoo Tour

Your eco-adventure is not complete without a visit to the zoo.   This is a popular destination since it provides visitors a chance to observe Belize's animals in a natural setting. You may never encounter a jaguar or tapir on tour but here at the Belize Zoo is the opportunity to come face to face with the jaguar and live to tell about it.

"...many of Belize's animals in one place...what a treat..."

"...an excellent educational opportunity to learn about the animals in their native homeland..."

 

 

...don't expect to find elephants at this zoo, they feature only wildlife that is indigenous (native) to Belize..."

"...the best little zoo in the world..."

 

 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
some walking, hiking, and climbing requiredscenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing   souvenir stand at site

Duration: half a day  ... start around 9:00 Am done by 4:00 PM
Driving Distance to Zoo: From San Ignacio to Belize Zoo approximately 38 miles  2 hours by bus.
Tip: Bring some drinks and snacks.
        Take the bus to the entrance of Belize Zoo entrance and then take an unguided tour of the Zoo.
       
Guided Tour?: Usually an unguided tour.
Cost: cost are approximate to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.

Additional Fees: No extra Park Fee.
Lunch:  A restaurant is available at the zoo.
Souvenir Shopping: Stop by the zoo souvenir shop .
Special Notes: If you have a private vehicle you can fit in a stop at the Guanacaste National Park or the Blue Hole near Belmopan.
What to bring: sun tan lotion, hats, sunglasses, towels, camera, binoculars
How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary  or
  Natural History Itinerary Day 2

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

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IGUANAS

Belize Iguanas in the Cayo District

At the Branch Mouth are where the two rivers meet (the Mopan River and the Macal River join to form the Belize River - next stop 133 miles to the Caribbean Sea).  A good area for sighting Iguanas, birds, water fowl.  Cross the Hammock Bridge to the other side.

Iguanas can also be observed along the Macal River and at the Xunatunich Maya Ruin.  So if you do a canoe trip up the macal River or if you visit the Xunantunich Maya ruins you will definitely observe Iguanas, as well as birds and possibly Howler Monkeys.

Alternatively scenic canoe trip up the Belize River provides the opportunity to view these reptiles in their natural environment. Observe the iguanas as they bask lazily in the sun. Waterfowl including herons, egrets and and king fishers perch themselves on branches. 

 


"...a delight for bird watchers and naturalists alike..."
"...never seen so many iguanas in one place..."
"...lots of herons, egrets and other birds..."

 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
 canoeing scenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing  

How to see Iguanas, Birds, and other wildlife: As mentioned above to see iguanas we recommend a canoe trip up the Macal River, alternatively at the Xunantunich Maya Ruins.  A licensed local guide can also recommend other places where you can observe iguanas.

 For more details: See Macal River tour, and the Xunantunich Maya Ruins tour.
How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary Day five  or
  Natural History Itinerary

 

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

 

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BIRD WATCHING

Bird Watching in the Cayo District

Birders will find Belize's Cayo District a delightful place to observe different species of native as well as migrating (winter) birds.  Ask a local licensed tour guide about their favourite places for bird watching.  Below is a list which will provide excellent opportunities for bird watching.

How to see Birds, and other wildlife in the Cayo District:

1. Your tour operator or guide can escort you to their favourite locations for bird watching.

2. Most tours will provide opportunities for bird watching.

3. If you would like to get an up close look at dozens of turkey vulture, you can easily observe them in San Ignacio.  Your tour guide can arrange this as the start of one of your birding tours.

4. The grounds at your resort and Mayan Sites provide an excellent opportunity to observe native birds as they feed on nearby fruit trees.

5. Take a horseback trip which leads through jungle trails, and provides opportunities for bird sightings.

6. The Macal River, Cha Creek area, and Branch Mouth area where the two rivers converge to form the Belize River.


"...if I could add a slogan to Belize it would be 'Land of the Circling Vultures...'to find out why look up at the sky upon first arrival or some time while on tour..."

 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
scenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing  

 For more details: See Macal River tour, and the Maya Ruins tour.
How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary Day five  or
  Natural History Itinerary

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

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BUTTERFLY FARM   

So you want to see the Blue Morpho and other butterflies of Belize? 

Well you have certainly come to the right place.

See also the Ixchel Medicine Trail

How to see Butterflies, and other wildlife: As mentioned above to see some popular butterflies of Belize we recommend a trip to the Butterfly Farm and Medicine Trail.  More details below.  However, here are alternative ways to observe Belize's Cayo District butterflies. Numerous species of butterflies abound in Belize's Cayo District.  Butterflies of every colour, shape and size. It is possible to view more butterflies here in a single area than you will see anywhere else on Earth.

1. Your tour operator or guide can escort you to their favourite locations for observing butterflies.

2. Most tours will provide opportunities for observing butterflies.

3. Along jungle trails, and dirt roads where rainfall has accumulated in puddles.

4. The grounds at your resort and Mayan Sites provide an excellent opportunity for observing butterflies, as they pitch on nearby flowering plants.

5. Take a horseback trip which leads through jungle trails, and provides opportunities for observing butterflies.

6. A licensed local guide can also recommend other places where you can observe iguanas.

 For more details: See Macal River tour, and the Xunantunich Maya Ruins tour.


Now Back to the
BUTTERFLY FARM   So you want to see the Blue Morpho?  Well you have certainly come to the right place.


"...a great little natural history museum..."

 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
some walking, hiking, and climbing requiredscenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing   souvenir stand at site

Duration: half a day - usually starts early am
Tip: Prepare lunch or have your resort prepare you a lunch for the canoe trip or have your tour guide recommend a place for lunch.
The Ixchel Medicine trail is nearby so you can easily fit this in this trip.
Cost: cost are approximate to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.
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Additional Fees:
Special Notes: protect camera equipment from water if arriving by a canoe trip.
What to bring: sun tan lotion, hats, sunglasses, swim suits, towels, camera, binoculars
Alternatively: A trip to Caracol provides a great opportunity to observe butterflies.
How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary Day five  or
  Natural History Itinerary Day 3

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

 

jungles of Belize   The Jungle (rain forest, broad leaf forest) and strangler vines, bromeliads and other epiphytes, plants and flowers.

You are in the middle of the rain forest, staring at the upper canopy, observing strangler vines overcome unwilling hosts, bromeliads and other epiphytes weigh down the trunks and branches of trees. You stop and listen to the distant call of tropical birds, and the noisy chatter of a flock of parrots nearby; the forest is seldom a quiet place.  This tour also provides ecotourist  with a possible chance to get a rare glimpse of some of Belize's tropical animals such as the spider monkey, and Coati Mundi.

Visitors will be impressed by the surrounding tropical jungles which host a wide variety of plants and animals.

How to see the Jungle (rain forest, broad leaf forest) and strangler vines, bromeliads and other epiphytes, plants and flowers:

1. Your tour operator or guide can escort/recommend their favourite locations for observing the jungle forest.

2. Most tours will provide opportunities for observing Belize's Cayo Districts Flora..

3. The grounds at your eco -resort and Mayan Sites provide an excellent opportunity for observing the Jungle (rain forest, broad leaf forest) and strangler vines, bromeliads and other epiphytes, plants and flowers.

4. Take a horseback trip which leads through jungle trails, and provides opportunities for observing the Jungle (rain forest, broad leaf forest) and strangler vines, bromeliads and other epiphytes, plants and flowers.

 


"...a young acacia tree provided a lesson in eclogy, namely a symbiotic relationship between the acacia and the ants that live on it...it rained while we were there but after all it is a rainforest...come to thinkof it there were afternoon showers in most places...it was an adventure trying to reach Black's ranch..."

 

"...a rare glimpse of a spider monkey trashing through the canopy really made my day...we saw hoof prints made by a tapir...Marcel learnt he is no Tarzan when it comes to monkeying around with vines...the mosquitoes were starving but we were equally prepared..."
 

 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
some walking, hiking, and climbing requiredscenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing   souvenir stand at site

Duration: half a day - usually starts early am
Tip: Prepare lunch or have your resort prepare you a lunch for the canoe trip or have your tour guide recommend a place for lunch.
Cost: cost are approximate to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.
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Additional Fees: A $5.00 USD Park Fee or Specialty Guide Fee May Apply
Special Notes: protect camera equipment from water
What to bring: mosquito repellant, sun tan lotion, hats, sunglasses, swim suits, towels, camera, binoculars
Alternatively: Most archaeological tours like Caracol or ATM Cave provide lots of opportunities to observe the broadleaf forest and possible wild life sightings. See also  horse back riding trails.

How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary  or
  Natural History Itinerary Day 2

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

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Ixchel Medicine Trail

Ixchel Medicine Trails (Near the Butterfly farm)

The Rainforest provides a vast variety of medicinal trees, plants and herbs some of which are closely guarded secrets of the Medicine Man.  Here at the Ixchel Medicinal Trail you can observe and learn of the many species of plants that can be used to successfully cure most (some would argue any) ailment known to man or beast. 

Features (hover your mouse over the icon for a description of the feature)
some walking, hiking, and climbing requiredscenic spots and photo opportunity bring plenty of film  possible wildlife sightings   sorrounding tropical broadleaf forest sight seeing   souvenir stand at site

Duration: half a day - usually starts early am
Tip: Prepare lunch or have your resort prepare you a lunch for the canoe trip or have your tour guide recommend a place for lunch.

The Butterfly farm is nearby so you can easily fit this in this trip.
Cost: cost are approximate to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.
###
Additional Fees:
Special Notes: protect camera equipment from water if arriving by canoe trip up the Macal River.
What to bring: mosquito repellant, sun tan lotion, hats, sunglasses, swim suits, towels, camera, binoculars
How can I include this in an Itinerary? see a suitable, recommended Itinerary for this tour.
  The Classic 7 Day Itinerary Day five  or
  Natural History Itinerary Day 3

 

see a related picture or video of this tour and see a related picture or video of this tour  of these tours related to Cayo Natural History

 

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Horse Back Riding in the Cayo District

Alternatively: Eco-tourist would enjoy horse back riding as part of a Natural History Itinerary.  Many species of plants in the surrounding trail area.  Nature trails through the jungle, provide plenty of opportunities for butterfly and bird sightings.

See  Horse Back Riding

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