Birding in Belize is great at duPlooy’s & BBG (Belize Botanic Gardens). Join us for morning coffee or tea on the deck from 6:30-7;30 am. There are also birds visiting all during the day, but the complimentary coffee ends at 7:30. .
Birders’ Alert!!! Book a morning or evening guided walk through the gardens and around the property to see some of the many birds that have taken up residence on the property. Let one of our expert bird guides, Philip Mai or Wilfred Mutrie, show you around.
27 years ago when we first arrived in Belize our 100 acre property was a cattle farm. It still amazes us that our vegetation could grow so much is such a short time and go from having only a few birds and animals living on the property to more than 300 species within a 5-mile radius.
Pick up a checklist in the Gift Shop if you want to keep count or look for some specfici birds.
Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG
Serious birders, plan your itinerary based on the birds you would like to see – just let us know before you arrive what you’d like to see and our guides will try and find them for you.
Check out the birds in the video. These are some of the birds that visit duPlooy’s Deck. See the Emerald Toucanet holding court on the feeder, defending his breakfast from larger chachalacas, brown jays, a blue-crowned motmot, some little guys – redstart, yellow-winged tanager, – and up in the gumbolimbo tree, masked tityra – and lots more missed by our cameraman.
Many of the visitors to duPlooy’s try zip-lining and cave tubing adventure. Our favorite place for zip-lining is Calico Jack’s. It’s also the closest one to duPlooy’s and can be combined with one of these other activities – canoeing through Barton Creek Cave, Xunantunch or Cahal Pech Maya site, a swim in Big Rock Falls, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, a Chocolate making demonstration, or a stop at the Green Iguana project. Continue reading Zip-lining in Belize→
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.
Last year, daughter, Shayla and her husband, Chris moved to Belize from Seattle to help me manage duPlooy’s. I’m not retiring or leaving Belize – just doing less of the day to day management. It’s great to have some of the family back and a big help to me.
If you’re thinking of coming with a group to Belize, check out La Casona. This is the family house which is way too big for Judy to live in on her own so we added it to the room roster at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge. La Casona is a great place for groups of any type and large families. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, a large front porch, deck, den, living room, dining room, kitchen and children’s playroom upstairs. Downstairs are 3 bedrooms, 1 more bath a living room and large game room which can also be used as a classroom when needed.
While you’re here at our eco lodge, take time to visit adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens and walk the trails inside the gardens and around the property. There is a self-guide booklet in your room that you can use in the gardens. It is very informative. Look in the back to find information on the Medicinal Plants you will find on one of the trails.
Take a hike to Valley View. It’s about a km and worth the view. It’s a great place to just sit and absorb your surroundings.
Ride a 3 wheel tuc-tuc to Santa Elena and visit the always bustling market place. It was the day before Christmas Eve and like many places, it was jam-packed with shoppers.
Return to Flores, take a short lake tour in a “launcha” to the “Museo” a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts. Then on to “El Mirador” for impressive panoramic views of Lake Petén Itzá. Continue reading Flores – Revisited→
We often get questions about how to travel by bus to Belize from Cancun.
While there is a lot of information available, we thought the following information would be helpful.
Mexican customs are slightly different then the restrictions fliers face in America. A simple red light / green light button process occurs to determine if tourist’s bags are to be searched or not. Not sure what the rate of searches are, however I can assure you that when they do search your bag it is rather extensive.
Make sure to indicate on your form that you are IN TRANSIT to Belize when they ask you where your destination is.
Exiting the Airport
Once clearing customs, about 50 different taxi drivers are going to ask you if you need a ride. Politely refuse, and continue walking through the terminal. It is not necessary to change your US money into pesos unless you are planning on staying in Mexico for awhile. The ADO bus ticket counter will take your US dollars and give you change in Pesos. The counter is located to the right of the international terminal about 75 yards, just ask one of the many people trying to sell you a taxi ride… where is the ADO bus is if you get confused. Everyone speaks English at the airport. Continue reading Cancun to Belize by Bus→
For the best Birding in Belize create your own vacation with duPlooy’s. Start your day with an early morning bird walk with one of our expert guides and then check out some of the many species that visit our bird deck in the mornings and throughout the day. There is always coffee or tea on deck from 6:30am so you can relax while the birds visit you.
A bat falcon sighting is always a thrill and one can often be seen perched on a branch of a dead tree. Sometimes you can see his breakfast mouse, other bird or snake clutched in his talons.
Another regular at the deck at duPlooy’s is the blue-crowned motmot. See its “vanity tail”
For some of the best birding in Belize, try Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s. You can let us know ahead of time if you are looking for specific birds to add to your list and we can help plan your itinerary around it. Or discuss each day with your guide where best to find birds you are looking for.
If you just like to look at birds, all of our expert guides can point out the ones you see along the way to one of our many adventure activities. If you are a serious birder, book your birding vacation far enough in advance to make sure you get one of our specialist bird guides.
Pick up a Bird Checklist at the office if you want to keep track. If you see anything that is not listed, verify it with your guide and let us know so that we can add it to the list. Quite a few of our additions have been supplied by our guests.
Recently, Ron, my duPlooy Travel partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day to look for some items for the duPlooy restaurant.
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→
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
Not For the Feint of Heart … Belize’s Black Hole Drop is for real adventure-seekers
Rapelling down into the the Black Hole Drop, the rush comes in the first 10 feet and the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, with the last 100 feet taking you down through the rainforest canopy. Your return hike includes some rock climbing, ladder climbing, and a lot of sweating, This 300 ft. descent into a little-visited sinkhole “Actun Loch Tunich” is not for everyone, but guaranteed it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. Hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains to the mouth of this cave where the edge of the sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rain forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.
Your return hike out of the Black Hole includes some hiking, rock climbing and ladder climbing and a lot of sweating. When the day is over give yourself a bit pat on the back and say “I did it!”