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Belize: Birdathon 2018

Belize Birdathon 2018 at Chaab’il B’e Lodge with premier Belizean bird guides Roni Martinez and Jonathan Urbina. 

With the Maya, Creole, Garifuna and East Indian cultures along with the explosion of the cacao industry, the Toledo District in southern Belize offers a cultural experience different than anywhere else in the country. It is also a superb birding location. Nestled along Jacinto Creek in the shadow of the Maya Mountains, Chaab’il B’e Lodge will be your home base. It is perfectly situated to experience all the adventures Southern Belize has to offer. Chaab’il B’e means “good trail” in Q’eqchi’ Maya.

Departure Dates & Costs

First week of April 2018
Trip cost: $1,615 USD per person, based on twin share

Should our group size be 10 - 12 persons, the trip cost will be reduced by $ 300 per person

A complete day-to-day itinerary is under construction and will be posted shortly. We are planning a number of day trips in the area, conservation talks and presentations in the evenings, and birding at all the local hotspots. For the official 24 hour Birdathon, birding will take place on the Chaab’il B’e property and in a 5 mile radius of the lodge which includes the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is only accessible in dry season and is a hotspot for jabiru, wood storks, white pelicans, etc.

Birders will awake to the noise of flocks of parrots, chachalacas, and Montezuma Oropendolas. Keel-billed Toucans and Collared Araceris, and several species of trogons are common on the property. You will hear the clicking of the White-collared Manakins and follow the sound to watch their display. The property’s birding checklist includes over 200 species. Chaab’il B’e Lodge has 20 acres of private forest with 3 of those acres maintained in gardens. In addition to the heliconias, gingers, and orchids endemic to Southern Belize, the gardens are full of local flowering and fruit bearing trees which attract birds year around. One birder couple said, “We don’t have to leave the property. We can just sit by this one tree and complete our list.”

For those who would rather not sit by one tree, there are trails throughout the property and many off-property sites and habitats to visit. Explore the cultural and eco-adventure activities of the Toledo District. Inland, experience caves, ziplining, and cacao or spice farm tours. Or hit the water for kayaking, fly fishing or snorkeling and diving a World Heritage site. After your adventures, enjoy great food, hospitality and pleasingly rustic, comfortable accommodations.

Photo by R. AlvarezYou may also wish to visit the nearby ruins of Lubaantun and Nim LI Punit. The Lubaantun Ruins are the largest Maya site in Southern Belize. A Late Classic ceremonial center dated to 700-900 AD this site consists of eleven large structures tower above five main plazas and three ball courts. Nim Li Punit is one of the smaller Maya sites well known for the large amount of stele found here. Inheriting its name from the carving of a figure wearing a large headdress, Nim Li Punit means “the big hat” in the the Maya Kekchi language anmed after the King on the Stellae who is hearing a big hat. 

(Photos by R. Alvarez, J. Kamstra and C. Evans)


Additional Information

Package includes:

•         6 nights accommodation & meals
•         Local bird guides
•         River trip, daily transfers to bird hotspots, entry fees to ruins site and national park
•         Round trip road transfer to Belize International airport
•         Tax & service charge
•         Birdathons help raise money for the Belize Bird Conservancy and your tour cost includes a $25USD contribution to BBC