Belize Botanic Gardens, located right next to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge features conservation collections of Belizean flora, an extensive Maya Medicine Trail, Rainforest and Savannah Trails, Trails for hiking and more.
Visit for a day and learn about the flora of Belize, eat a delicious lunch at duPlooy’s, swim in the Macal River – it’s a great day out. Better yet, stay at duPlooy’s where the Belize Botanic Garden entrance is included with your room, as well as continental breakfast and use of tubes and canoes on the river.
Bring your group and reserve a Mayan Cultural experience – learn about Medicine plants, make a broom from palm fronds and cook tamales over a wood fire for your lunch
What it was like before Running Water & Electricity
Looking back on the last 30-odd years I’ve been pondering life in Belize when we first arrived. Visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens often ask what it was like here in the days before electricity and running water… Well my favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.
One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies. When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, as well as essential items , they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed … while on the other hand, for us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change (each-way), with more riding around town in order to find the basics … and there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!
Belize Botanic Gardens, was begun in 1997 by Ken duPlooy as a native palm and orchid collection and an orchard of tropical fruits.
One of the many features in the gardens are a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. The Maya Medicine Trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.
Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay with his elderly grandfather so that he could learn about the plants in the forest. The boy went and every day he and his grandfather would walk in the forest so that he could learn the many uses of plants and why we should protect them.
One day his grandfather told the boy to go out by himself and bring him back a plant that was not useful. The boy was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated. “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said. “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”
“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”
Other features at Belize Botanic Gardens are a Native Orchid House, Rainforest Trail, Fire Tower, Savannah Trail and a student garden designed and constructed by students in our Professional Gardeners’ Program. Continue reading Belize Botanic Gardens→
This link above will take you to a site where you to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places. For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 35 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately. It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.
Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something. Then share one of yours with him/her.
When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.
It can be frustrating when you ask for something and are told
“Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions→
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens can you absorb so much that nature has to offer? Be inspired by getting up close and personal to hundreds of native and exotic plants. A Learning Vacation ati Belize Botanic Gardens will open your mind and your eyes to so much. Let u arrange an unforgettable itinerary of any length for your class, your family or other group.
Belize Botanic Garden is a great place for Educational Travel. We started hosting International Students at our lodge in 1995 and now have a place for students located within the garden grounds. This means that you can wonder around the 45 acres that comprise our gardens any time, day or night, absorbing the sights, smells and sounds of your surroundings or working on a project on your own or with your class.
Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize, (BBG), a nonprofit organization, is comprised of 45 acres of gardens, arboretum and natural areas in the Cayo District. As part of our mission, the main focus of our collections is native plants of Belize with emphasis on endemics (known only to live in their country of origin), though we include exotic, non-invasive plant species.
Recently, Ron, my partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day
This small island community, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is accessed by a causeway which connects Flores to the busy town of Santa Elena, where you will find a thriving and sprawling market place, which winds its way, sometimes chaotically, through back streets, where everything from live chickens to lingerie is sold. Continue reading Day Trip to Flores→