BELIZE AND TIKAL
MAYA MOUNTAINS AND CORAL CAYS
Wildlife Tour Belize & Tikal Birds, Butterflies, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Tropical Mountain Landscapes and Coral Cays
The Parrot Cove Lodge - the juxtaposition of reef and rainforest inherent in the moniker is no idle boast and for the wildlife enthusiast this is a hotel that could hardly be better positioned. Inland lie the jagged green-mantled Maya Mountains, rivers and marshes are to either side, the restaurant opens on to a fine sandy beach and Coco Plum Cay glistens in turquoise waters out to sea. Eight days hardly seems enough in such a paradise!
The famous Cockscomb Reserve lies just half an hour away with a fabulous range of birds, butterflies and mammals including the highest density of Jaguars anywhere in Central America. Manatees surface around our boats in local lagoons and by the nearby Sittee River we can see all manner of colourful birds including Toucans, Tanagers, Trogons, Manakins and Kingfishers. Hummingbird Highway lives up to its name as iridescent avian jewels hover by trails around scenic Blue Hole National Park. Offshore are islets where Magnificent Frigatebirds’ pterodactyl shapes fill the air, males with great scarlet balloons hanging from their throats. Under shimmering seas are some of the world’s finest reefs with colourful corals and fish as well as Eagle Rays and Bottle-nosed Dolphins. It would take something special to drag us away but then Tikal is certainly that. Many square miles of spellbinding ruins are dominated by five magnificent temple-pyramids that rise above the rainforest canopy. Ocellated Turkeys and inquisitive White-nosed Coatis wander by intricately carved stellae and even the normally shy Great Curassow struts confidently around Tikal’s paths. Howler Monkeys produce a crescendo of sound at dawn as squadrons of multi-coloured Parrots fly in to pluck fruit ahead of acrobatic Black-headed Spider Monkeys.
Returning to Belize we finish the tour with two days exploring the bird-rich wetlands of Crooked Tree. Snail Kites and Black-collared Hawks hunt overhead whilst the variety of herons, egrets, waders and kingfishers is really impressive. The beautiful Mexican Cycadian butterfly and a blue Calochortus are found in pine savannah, a most unusual and distinctive habitat where we’ll see birds such as Grace’s Warbler and the Yucatan Parrot.
Birds, Butterflies, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Tropical Mountain Landscapes and Coral Cays (with optional snorkelling).
Relaxed and easy. Up to three or four miles a day and always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation in Belize and Guatemala. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.
The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 9.
This tour features two very fine lodges. We can enjoy the wonderful Parrot Cove lodge for 7 nights. Sandwiched between the Maya Mountains and the coral cayes of Tobacco Reef this is an ideal base from which to explore rainforests, reefs and rivers. Manatees sometimes swim by offshore! Traditional thatch roof cabanas with very comfortable air-conditioned rooms are set in grounds that surround the spacious main lodge which opens out directly onto a palm-fringed beach. For the next five nights we are at the Hotel Tikal Inn, within walking distance of Tikal’s magnificence. Rooms are spread around the pleasant shaded grounds with only the forest beyond. Our last two nights will be at the Birds Eye View Lodge right by the waters of the Crooked Tree Sanctuary. En route to Belize we overnight in Atlantic Airport in the very comfortable Hilton Garden Inn. All rooms have en suite facilities.
UK return flights are from London Heathrow/Gatwick, Edinburgh* or Manchester* to Belize City via a US airport. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Pleasantly warm for the most part though it can become quite hot in the middle of the day so relaxing siestas are certainly in order! Rain can be expected during some of the afternoons and is sometimes prolonged.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information. Bird, mammal, butterfly and marine fish checklists are available.