Belize Birding and Nature Tours – All You Need to Know
Belize is just a tiny country in Central America but it is home to one of the most varied bird populations on the planet. Birdwatching in Belize is a very popular activity, and the Audubon Society maintains six different Importing BirdingAreas (IBAs) throughout the country. Belize’s rainforests, wetlands, jungles, and islands make it an ideal place for bird species of all shapes and sizes to thrive.
Belize measures just 90 miles wide and 120 miles long, but the landscape is packed full of interesting and varied terrain. Belize is home to the tallest waterfalls in Central America, pristine rivers (many of which flow through huge underground caves), verdant mountains, and thick jungles where ancient stone cities built by the Maya still survive.
In this lush environment, birds, plants, and animals thrive. There are hundreds of orchid species that can only be found in Belize, and some of the most iconic wildlife species include jaguars, ocelots, giant iguanas, tapirs, crocodiles, and black howler monkeys. Several endangered animal species can be found in Belize as well, including the black rockfish, Campbell’s forest toad, the giant anteater, and the Central American river turtle.
Endangered bird species that can be found in Belize include the cerulean warbler, the buff-breasted sandpiper, the brown pelican, the black catbird, the black rail, the Great Curassow, the golden-winged warbler, and the yellow-headed parrot. Iconic bird species in Belize include the keel-billed toucan (the national bird), the scarlet macaw, and the enormous Jabiru stork.
The country is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination, allowing more visitors to explore this amazing landscape. Activities include cave tubing (using an inner tube to explore subterranean rivers), zip lining, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing and rappelling, and visiting ancient Maya cities and sacred sites.
Located just a few miles offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 400 islands. The reef has several protected marine zones where activities like sea kayaking, stand-up paddling, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling are very popular.
Not to be outdone, the people of Belize are also quite diverse. Cultures such as the Creole, Maya, Mestizos, Garifuna, and Mennonites all live together in harmony. Many people in Belize are multilingual but English is the common tongue as Belize is a former British colony.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the wildlife, the flora, the birds, or the wealth of different cultures, you should definitely book your travels with Adventures in Belize (AIB). AIB works with eco-lodges across the country to offer all-inclusive birding and nature vacations.