8 Day Tour: April 1-8, 2022
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $800 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
- Belize City
- Baboon Sanctuary
- Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
- Mayan Ruins
- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jaribu Stork, Black Howler Monkey, Kinkajous & More!
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We fly south to Belize City. Upon arrival we have an orientation tour of this wildlife and historic tropical paradise. This evening we gather for a welcome dinner.
Day Two We begin our exploration of Belize with a your of the port city, Belize City. Highlights of our
tour include: the Swing Bridge—the only manually operated Swing Bridge in North America, The National Handicrafts Center, St. John’s Cathedral and the Government House. This afternoon we visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, established in the 1980’s by a group of local farmers. The sanctuary protects the Black Howler Monkey. The farmers have developed a balance between their need to protect farmland and the monkey’s need for sufficient habitat.
Day Three Our exploration of Belize’s wildlife continues today at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve takes in vast wetland areas, which serve as resting areas for migrating and resident birds. We will have the opportunity to see kites, tiger heron, snowy egrets, osprey and hawks. The most famous migratory bird to use the sanctuary is the Jabiru Stork, the largest flying bird in the new world. This is the largest nesting population at any one site. We visit during prime birding season, so bring your cameras and binoculars. We have a surprise for you this afternoon which will rise above expectations.
Day Four This morning we will do birding and wildlife spotting from the lodge’s birdwalk. The wooden walkway is enhanced with tempting platters of fruit laid out to attract toucans, parrots, motmots, chachalacas and multi-colored tanagers. This afternoon we visit the largest Mayan site in Belize and what was their equivalent of the Roman Empire. It is not easy to get here but it will blow you away. The main pyramid is 141 feet tall—still the
tallest building in Belize.
Day Five This morning we visit some indigenous people to learn how chocolate is made. This yummy tour gives you a chance to roast the chocolate beans, make chocolate and taste your own creation. This afternoon is free to do more birding and wildlife spotting, floating down the river in an innertube, hike a trail or two around the lodge or try horseback riding.
Day Six Today we head to the coast for some of the the best wildlife viewing in the world as we will be near the
biggest jaguar reserve in Central America. Our lodge overlooks the gorgeous beach. We will take a boat trip
along the Monkey River where we will be photographing monkeys, crocodiles and a myriad of birds. We’ll stop at a local village to learn about the local community. This evening we have a very special treat—bioluminescent tour along the Sittee River. We’ll be looking by spotlight for the nocturnal animals including coatimundis, crocs and agoutis. The highlight will be the magical bioluminescence at the end of the trip.
Day Seven Today we start in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary which is the fabled jaguar reserve. Here there are 5 species of cats, tapirs, anteaters, brocket deer and over 300 species of birds. A great morning awaits! This afternoon is free to enjoy the village of Hopkins, walk or sit out on the beach, go snorkeling or just enjoy being in tropical paradise.
Day Eight We fly home today with great memories of unbelievable Mayan ruins, abundant wildlife and an amazing tropical paradise.